Grace and Peace to you from God our Father & Our lord Jesus The Christ,
Where are you? NO! I don’t mean physically. Where are you with The Lord? Is He your fire extinguisher? Or is He your guiding light? Do you know that He is with you wherever you go and hears everything you say and think? This is pretty scary – isn’t it? Listen to Dr. Luke: (Luke 16. 14-15)
“The Pharisees, who loved money, heard all this and were sneering at Jesus. He said to them, “You are the ones who justify yourselves in the eyes of others, but God knows your hearts. What people value highly is detestable in God’s sight.”
We are rapidly approaching the most festive time of the year. It begins on December 1st with Advent – a time of expectations – a time when we await the ‘coming’. What are you expecting this year? I pray that your thoughts do not turn to gifts, but to who is coming. Had Jesus had not come into this world – we would be forever lost and separated from The God who made us. As we begin to decorate our homes and churches – let us prepare our hearts. This is one of the reasons that I am offering an Advent Reading Challenge. I am asking families to read one (1) chapter of Luke each day. There are 24 chapters so by Christmas Eve, you will have read the entire Book of Luke and the entire life of Jesus. Those who accept this challenge and complete it – will be eligible for a drawing for two (2) gift boxes that will be awarded on the Sunday after Christmas. The challenge papers will be available in church this week.
Here are a few of the events and activities that are on the horizon: Wednesdays - Prayer Service & The Story Bible Study – 7:00 pm Salona Missional Outreach for December – Adopt a family December 1st – Advent Reading Challenge Begins – See Pastor Frank December 8th Charge Christmas Party @ Lamar Twp Fire Co. – 12:00 noon December 12th – Ladies Christmas Party – 6:30 pm @ Rote December 18th - Christmas Caroling December 24th – Christmas Eve – Rote – 7:00 pm December 25th - Salona - Community Christmas Dinner
So – where are you? Do you desire to draw closer to The Lord? Advent and Christmas are the perfect time to do just that. Please do not allow the world to drag you into the commercialization of Christmas. It’s not what is under the tree – it’s what is in your heart. When we received the Holy Spirit – it resided in our hearts. Read Proverbs 4. 23 and do it! God Bless and Amen! In Christ’s Love, Pastor Frank