Favorite Verses

1. John 3:16

 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

2. John 14:6

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."

3. Ephesians 2:8

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God...

4. 2nd Timothy 3:16

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousnes...

5. Matthew 11:28

"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest."

 

 

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October

From the Pastor's Desk:

“Bad religion has always favored escape, passivity, irresponsibility.” Thus wrote Louis Evely in his book “Inthe Christian Spirit.” Those words hit home this morning as I tried to get a better start on the day by finally

returning to morning devotions (good habits are hard to maintain!).
How desperately I want God to fix things for me - to rescue me out of my current circumstances - to confirm that I am a victim of circumstances rather than a part of the problem. How slow I am to remember that I am
called to serve the world - to be an agent of God’s love - to take responsibility for my actions and my inactions.
I do not need to remain that way, for the Holy Spirit is at the ready for those who call. The transformation doesn’t take place overnight, but resurrection does happen. It takes our cooperation with Jesus; that is to
say it takes real faith. And if you, like me, tend to slip into fantasy mode and deflect accountability, then let these words from the apostle Paul bring us to our senses:
“Dear friends, you always followed my instructions when I was with you. And now that I am away, it is even more important. Work hard to show the results of your salvation, obeying God with deep reverence and
fear.” -Philippians 2:12 (NLT)
This is not to say that salvation rests upon our works of righteousness, but it certainly steers us away from the thought that we are totally passive. Rather, the Bible teaches that we are called to cooperate with God.
Sometimes (many times?) we resist. We fall prey to bad religious thought. God, please adjust our thinking and help us to correct our behaviors. And thanks, God, for bringing me back to Your Word and to some
good Christian advice. I was rightfully feeling icky because of my poor thinking. Now I’m receiving healthier motivation from You.
Have a wonderful month, dear Church.
In Christ,
Pastor Matthew

 

 

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