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 Notes – April 30, 2017

Pastor Mike is preaching a four-part series on Atonement in the Blood. This past Sunday was part I.

The dictionary defines “atonement” as an act of asking forgiveness for wrong doing, sin, to have harmony with our Creator Father God.

The Blood of Christ Jesus is our absolution when we confess our sins and ask for forgiveness. We are sinners and Christ walked on this earth as a man who felt the temptations and emotions we experience in this life. He loved, He wept, He was angered, disappointed and weary.  He shed His blood for the forgiveness of our sins so we can be in harmony with God.  This ended the Old Testament Law of Sacrifices.  Pastor Mike often says ‘man is the only creation not in harmony with God’.   But we can be in harmony through Atonement in His Blood.

Remember the hymns such as “Nothing But the Blood of Jesus“?  How about “Power in the Blood“?  The greatest gift we will ever receive is the Atonement through Jesus’ Blood; ours for the asking and confession… Lord forgive me (the asking) for I have sinned (the confession).

PS: Women’s Bible Study meets at 10:00 a.m. , Thursdays in the lounge. Kay Belkowski greets each person and gently welcomes them to share what’s on their heart. Then about 10:30 it is communication with God.  Speaking and Listening – just in case anyone thinks speaking alone is communication, listening is the other important half. It goes like this: Message – expression of that message – awareness and understanding of the receiver – interpretation of that message – feedback = communication.

The last half hour is spent on our studies, currently The Names of God..  please come and join us for fellowship with women at 10:00 a.m. Thursdays in the church lounge.