Dear Church Family:
Today, it feels like Spring outside, with temperatures in the mid sixties. Even though we have gone through some rough weather, and some challenging times, I am grateful for this day, and the reminder that better days are ahead. I hope that you are just as excited about the days ahead, as I am. As I look at the calendar, I am reminded of all the opportunities that we have before us to impact our world for Christ. In the midst of all the anger, protest, and division in our world today, now is the time for the Family of God to seek to be a part of the solution, and not part of the problem. Jesus said during His sermon on the mount in Matthew 5:9 “Blessed are the peace-makers: for they shall be called the children of God.” The Lord is looking to the church to be peacemakers in our un-peaceful, divided world.
Part of the solution to the division and strife, is for us, the Body of Christ, to really love God, and out of that love relationship, then to really love others. Then, we will be able to love those who have different opinions, views, and lifestyles than us. In the midst of a debate about marriage and heaven, Jesus was asked by a Scribe, which commandment was the greatest, and Jesus said, “The Lord our God, the Lord is One. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is: love your neighbor as yourself. There is no greater command than these.” (Mark 12:30-21Holman).
Now is the time for us to really love God and love people. We are called not only to say that we love God, but to demonstrate that love by our actions.
Each year, our deacons demonstrate loving God and others by hosting our annual Sweet Heart /Friendship Banquet. This year, it will be held on Sunday evening, February 12 at 6:00. They will be serving a delicious meal and giving special honor to our widows and widowers. It is always a special time of fellowship and a wonderful opportunity to invite someone to be your quest. By loving God, and loving others, we can see lives changed, and become Peacemakers in our broken world.