May we be Thankful always

thanksgivingTHANKSGIVING is one day a year. Pumpkin pie, turkey and dressing, cranberry sauce and assorted goodies fill our table.  Families get together and catch up with each other. The preparation for the meal can stretch over days, but the actual meal is over in less than 30 minutes. 

I truly believe we are thankful for our many blessings. I even believe we praise and glorify God for all that He has done for the world of sinners; thank you Lord Jesus.  

We cannot deny that our traditions are changing, can we? The younger generations will not recognize the changes unless taught by those who are their elders. Our everyday life is tied up with electronics, cars that drive themselves, instant news everywhere ….mostly tragic news unfortunately. We have a love/hate relationship with cell phones, video games, Social Media. It was fun at first. Then it had a good purpose. Now we are seeing the dark side and it is scary.  

What I want to stress (not a good choice of words) today is, let’s all love family more this Thanksgiving. Let’s love and glorify our Lord and Savior every moment and feel eternally grateful for His death on the cross and resurrection to provide a path to salvation from hell; for His resurrection and the miracles of His Word. Pray and study The Bible. Peace and joy awaits us in those words. 

How do we “love family more?” Easy words but too often it is a task. One way is to think of something positive for each person within our Thanksgiving circle. The best way is to honestly pray for them be it their salvation or walk in life. 

May we all have a meaningful and loving THANKSGIVING.  

Gina Tuch

 

Pastor’s Note – Inspire/Commitment

Sunday’s message was shared by The Reverend Dr. James Stark and The Reverend Pastor Mike Tuch. I would say Dr. Stark is a serious, professional minister with the kind of humor that you have to look at him before you laugh to make sure he is kidding.  Pastor Mike is just plain funny and loud.

Inspirational Products and ServicesDr. Stark took the pulpit Sunday with an announcement that he would be doing a pulpit commercial for Inspirational Products and Services.  He started with a big grin, showing clenched teeth and holding up a small plastic bottle as is done in commercials.   He informed us that the bottle was the latest line of products produced by Inspirational Products and Services.Inspire….a product that we should use as it contained such wonderful spiritual-vitamin properties.  He proceeded to list some of the ingredients such as joy, serenity, love, kindness, humility, patience, determination, dedication and a host of other good things we need to be inspired by God and scripture.  (Taken from Galatians 5:22)

As he read the directions, he acted surprised that we should drink the whole bottle every day.  He admitted he only took a sip each Sunday; maybe that was why he wasn’t getting the full affect. It also should be taken along with a good meal of daily bread of life (found in the Lord’s Prayer).

His message was so clear and done in such a memorable way I was totally ‘inspired’.  With God we have a constant flow of the miracle of His love all the time.  We can choose any or all of the beautiful traits of being like Christ.  Fill up on “Inspire” at will along with a good meal of bread of life.

Pastor Mike stepped up for the “frosting on the cake” as he called it.  Commitment can cover so many things; service to our fellowman, our church, and our families.  Commitment can be spiritual gifts to the church and community…financial, acts of kindness and using or spiritual gift within the church body.  Commitment to God’s Word, to study (to show us approved – 2 Timothy 2:15), and to prayer with an open heart when communicating with our Lord.

hznd in hzndSee how the two go hand-in-hand?  Fill up daily on a bottle of Inspiration and go forward in our Christian growth with commitment.

Pastor Gina Tuch
July 3, 2017