A note from the pastor for July, 2018

Meanwhile the church throughout Judea, Galilee, and Samaria had peace and was built up. Living in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, it increased in numbers.

Acts 9:31

As I reflect this morning, the construction of the CLC is picking up speed and momentum. We give thanks to God and every one of you for your willingness to step out in faith; trusting God to give us the wisdom and discernment to accomplish that which God has led us to do. It’s my hope and prayer that many individuals will be led to a faith commitment in Jesus Christ due to this act of dedication on your behalf.

In a few days, we will gather for a celebration of Independence Day with family, friends, and acquaintances. July 4, 1776 was a turning point for the people of The United States of America. On the anniversary of that day, we take time away from the normality of our everyday lives’ to give thanks for the freedoms we enjoy as a nation and people. Folks will gather to eat, visit, shoot fireworks, and do many other things which allow them to commemorate this special day. A lot of folks will decide to embark upon a family vacation during this week, taking full advantage of their employer giving them a paid holiday.

We are in a state of being divided as a nation. Political connections have become (for many people) more important than honesty, unity, and relationships. May I remind us that the Church of Jesus Christ is placed here to be the instrument God utilizes to bring hope, peace, and redemption to a fallen world? Will we be willing to put aside our differences, in order to work together for the common good? I am glad that the thing which unites us in the Church is our common love and acceptance of Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior! Let us never lose sight of that fact!

Even as we celebrate the freedoms we enjoy as a nation, my mind reflects upon the real freedom we have as individuals. As great as our liberties are in America, our freedom in Christ is the most important one of all! We are grateful to God for loving us and being present with us, and for offering pardon to us when we fail. God continues to give us opportunities to live in liberation from all that binds us.

On July 1, we will celebrate the beginning of our 6th year as your pastoral family. We are grateful to God for the opportunity to serve in this wonderful community of faith. We look forward with great hope and anticipation to where God will lead us as a congregation.

Blessed to be your Pastor and friend!

 

- Bro. Steven