Grace and Peace to you from our Lord and Savior Jesus The Christ,
As I write this – summer is fading and autumn is upon us. Over the past several months – many around the world and here in our neighborhood – have endured hardships and trials. Many of you reading this missive have been tested. I was reading thru Romans today and listen to Paul:
“Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.”
The dictionary defines hope as “a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen”. When we are in the midst of a storm – we don’t know what is going to happen, but we do know the end of the story. We’ve often heard that something was “fixed” and life is “fixed.” When we accepted Jesus into our hearts and chose Him as our Savior – our lives were fixed.
“…we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.” Our hope is in the Lord! We trust in His providence in our lives! We live because He lives! We can face tomorrow because He is with us! Trust Jesus thru the Holy Spirit and live a life that honors Him and witnesses to His great saving grace. Together we can do this and with The Spirit leading us – we will win.
Here are a few of the happenings that are up-coming: Grief Share – 7:00 pm – See Bob & Ruth Lannan September 24th – Rote Tureen/Ad Bd Mtg October 8th – Salona Tureen& Bd Mtg October 12th – Ladies Class – Rote UMC – 6:30pm October 27-28th – Youth Group Yard Sale – Piper October 29th – Rote Tureen October 29th – Annual Charge Conference [We have work to be done before then] November 4th – Road Clean-Up – Meet at Salona UMC – 8 am November 5th – Youth Sunday Summer 2018 – Bus Trip to Sight & Sound to see “Jesus” - more info coming
Storms – Trials – Struggles – Tests – will come into our lives. Often unexpectedly and not because of something that we have done. Rest assured that you are never alone in these times. Hold tightly to The Lord – the rod and the staff of the great shepherd will comfort you and protect you. May The Lord continue to bless you and love you as you go forth in His all powerful name – The Name of Jesus!