From the Pastor’s Desk 3/15/2018

A child once asked, “What does God do all day?”  If the answer to that question depended on how much we allow God to do in our individual lives, some would have to reply, “Not much!”  In difficult situations, it’s easy to say we trust God and yet try to handle things ourselves without turning to Him for help.  This is what one man referred to as “masked unbelief.”  Although God is constantly working, He allows us to set limits on the degree of work He does on our    behalf.  We can see this demonstrated in Mark 6 when Jesus tried to do mighty things in His own hometown.  Because the people saw Him only as a carpenter’s son and not as the Son of God, they put limits on what He could do for them. Consequently, Jesus moved on to other towns.  Many people try to be strong Christians without revealing any of their weaknesses.  Then, through a very difficult experience, some of them made the discovery that strong Christians are those who humbly admit their weaknesses and depend upon Christ’s power. The Lord assured the Apostle Paul, who was going through a very difficult time in his own life, “…My strength is perfected in your weakness (2 Cor.12:9).There’s a little chorus that goes, “Learning to lean, learning to lean, I’m learning to lean on Jesus. Finding more power than I ever dreamed, I’m learning to lean on Jesus.”

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This Saturday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. we will celebrate the life of Donny Ray Anderson. If you cannot attend, please pray at that time for the service and for his family. He was a special man who will be greatly missed. In next week’s edition of The  Messenger, I will include the personal tribute that I shared during the service.  We sorrow, but we do not sorrow like those who have no hope. Remember, Easter’s coming!

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I serve a risen Savior, He’s in the world today. I know that He is living, whatever men may say. I see His hand of mercy, I hear His voice of cheer; and just the time I need Him, He’s always near. He lives! He lives! Christ Jesus lives today. He walks with me and He takes with me along life’s narrow way. He lives! He lives! Salvation to impart. You ask how I know He lives; He lives within my heart!

 

You are loved!

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