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

 

The Beatitudes Part 1- Pastor’s Note

Pastor Mike began a series of sermons on the Beatitudes Sunday. One interesting thing he said is the word “beatitude” is not mentioned in the Bible. One could wonder (like me) googlewhere the word came from. I looked it up on Google (I used to ask my mother everything, now it’s…..you guessed it….Google.). It is from the Latin “beatus” which translates blessed.

I learned about the Beatitudes, Ten Commandments, Books of the Bible and all the glorious parables and the ministry of Jesus in my continual attendance in Sunday school; what used to be called “Vacation BIBLE School” and is now called simply Five Day Club.

Back to the sermon….Blessed are the poor in Spirit.  What is meant by “poor in spirit?”  This has nothing to do with being poor in money or material possessions.  We have to look beyond the words and instead of WWJD (What Would Jesus Do), rather WWHS (What Was He Saying).  We are all poor in all things relating to God. We are needy, sinful, unworthy and pitiful in our efforts to praise God, read His Word, and have real communication with our Heavenly Father.

 

step up

STEP UP!

Once we realize how “poor” we are, only then can we step up and move into the light of Christ’s love.  This relationship is offered to each of us to save us from eternal damnation.  It is freely given by God’s grace.  It is there for the taking, if we just confess our sins, ask God’s forgiveness, and take his Holy Word as our new way of life! It is not another religion but a new way of life.

 

Oh thank you Lord for all the gifts you have given we who are “poor”. Only you can make us rich in your love. For Jesus sake, Amen.

Pastor Gina Tuch

 

Pastor’s Notes – June 27, 2017

exampleSalvation/Vocation, what has one got to do with the other you may ask. I did ask Pastor Mike over dinner in a restaurant Saturday evening. I knew from typing the Sunday bulletin what his sermon title was and wanted an explanation. First of course, I wanted to state my case. The circumstances were perfect for good communication….no television, no audience, no phone calls….just the two of us.  I love a captive audience. I remarked that I didn’t see the relationship between Salvation and what one would choose for life’s work.
His eyes lighted up as he prepared to explain. He said carrying your salvation into your vocation was the connection. We as Christians sometimes separate our employment from our religion. Do we have to do that?  No, I don’t think so.  Our very being is a testimony to our faith in God. We are walking in the Light and our steps on the path of righteousness are there to see, to be an example.
Whether you are a garbage collector, a medical doctor, an engineer or a circuit court clerk (as I was) you are a walking, talking example of God’s love for all of us. We are His children and He asks that we love Him above all and love our neighbors as ourselves..
That should be easy enough. We are filled with His spirit, right?  But if you look around – even in this small city of Cadillac – you will see souls in need of salvation, people living on the streets, child abuse, drug and alcohol abuse, crime, bullying and suicide.
We also see charity organizations, missions, churches offering food and free clinics. We have grief support groups and community outreach and backpack programs to make sure our kids have healthy meals if needed.   Are you aware that if you know the good you ought to do and  do nothing, you are in sin (James 4:17) .
Dearest Lord, thank you for the Holy Spirit that keeps us on track by reminding us we can do more, we should do more….to spread your love as far and wide as  possible, and we know all things are possible with You. In Jesus name, Amen
Pastor Gina