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Be Not Anxious

Can Jesus Come to Your Church

The Living Hope

From the Pastor

“But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanseth us from all sin.”
‭‭1 John‬ ‭1:7‬ ‭ASV‬‬ 

On a weekly basis I have to take my shirts to the Dry Cleaners. Nothing frustrates me more than when I pick my shirts up after paying for them and the shirts still show signs of stains around the collar. 

Once we come to Jesus He cleanseth us from all our sins and the frustration of dirt doesn’t show when we get to heaven.

I love it! 

From the Pastor's Wife

Leviticus 19: 1-4  Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying:

2 “Speak to all the congregation of the sons of Israel and say to them, ‘You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy. 3 Every one of you shall reverence his mother and his father, and you shall keep My sabbaths; I am the Lord your God. 4 Do not turn to idols or make for yourselves molten gods; I am the Lord your God.

What does it mean to be holy?  Does it mean to be perfect?  Surely God doesn’t expect us to be perfect since we live in an imperfect body in an imperfect world.  His is keenly aware of our sin nature and yet he says, “be holy”?  Jesus, God’s Son, was made human and experienced everything that we experience, but without sin (Hebrews 2:17-18).  Because He suffered for us and paid sin’s penalty for us, He can sympathize with us and help us overcome our temptation to sin.  He was tempted in the same ways that we are tempted, therefore He understands and is able to come to our rescue.  To be holy means to be set apart.  As we consider the words God spoke to Moses instructing the congregation to be holy, let’s reflect on the chaotic world we live in today.  A person set apart from the world does not mean we have to be a hermit and live in our “own” world.  But it does mean living by God’s standards and not the world’s.  Just because the law of the land says something is legal, that does not mean it meets God’s standard of being holy.  

Throughout Leviticus 19, there are many references which we also find in the 10 Commandments.  Imagine the impact we can have in our circle of influence if we pursue holiness in an authentic manner.  Perfection and law abiding is not equal to holiness.  In pursuing holiness, we are seeking after a holy God and His righteous standard to guide and guard our lives.  In 1Peter 2:21-23, Christ is our example.  We can trust Him to always lead us in the way of holiness. How can we know what is holy?  The answer is written in the Word of God, the Bible.  Psalms 119:11 says “Your word I have treasured in my heart, that I may not sin against You.”  Verse 105 says “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”  If we read and study the Word and pray for guidance, the Holy Spirit of God will lead us in the way of holiness.  We will be set apart, not of our own doing, but because of who we are in Christ and because of the way we live. 

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; for you once were not a people, but now you are the people of God; you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.  Beloved, I urge you as aliens and strangers to abstain from fleshly lusts which wage war against the soul.  Keep your behavior excellent among the Gentiles, so that in the thing in which they slander you as evildoers, they may because of your good deeds, as they observe them, glorify God in the day of visitation (1Peter 2:9-12).  

Are you set apart or do you look like everyone else?

From the Womens's Ministry

The Freedom He Died For

By Karen George

It’s a funny thing to look at my life and see the many was God has shaped me.  Even greater is seeing the way God stood by while allowing me to fall on my face, only for Him to pick me back up. 

One of the most important things I’ve learned from God is just how much I was enslaved to sin and the ways of the world before He set me free. 

I never knew how much I put myself first before anyone else until I realized how He always put me first.  I never knew how easily I followed the crowd until I realized He died for me to follow Him.  I never knew how much I was seeking attention and approval from others until I realized what I was seeking was Jesus. 

Upon the death of Jesus, He took all that I was held captive to with Him.  Every link to my chain of sin was nailed to that cross.  Jesus set me free because He genuinely loves and cares for me.  1 Peter 5: 7 says “cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”

The God of Heaven and Earth, Creator of the Universe, the One who breathed life into existence tells me He cares for me?  It’s unimaginable.  However, because of what He did on that cross for me I no longer chase what is not of Him.  I no longer crave what was meant to deceive and destroy me.  I no longer turn away from the very One who loved me the most from the very beginning.  He proved it on the cross when He took my sin and gave His life in exchange for mine.  He gave me my future and my freedom when He rose from the dead and walked out of the tomb remembering my sin no more. 

Reflect on 1 Peter 5:7 and share how God has shown how he cares for you.  What does freedom in Christ mean to you? 

From The Men's Ministry

I'm Too Busy

George Flakes

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“I’m too busy.” 

How often I’ve said this!

Sometimes births, holidays, sickness, family problems, and life transitions leave me no alternative. But usually I choose what will keep me busy, and what keeps me busy reflects my values and priorities.

Even though people rarely think of busyness as a sin, it’s often a result of pride, foolishness, laziness, irresponsibility, or lack of planning.

God’s principles can help:
  • Johns 15--Jesus is glorified when we “bear much fruit," but we produce inferior fruit when we spread ourselves too thin.
  • Ephesians 2:10--God has prepared purposes for us. Even when we busy ourselves with lots of good things, we can miss the best things.
  • Colossians 3:23-24--God is our boss. He can help us plan our schedule and prioritize our lives.

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God isn’t calling us to busyness—He is calling us to His priorities and purposes.

If you have too many commitments, pray about which to trim from your schedule. If you’ve been wasting time, pray about ways to de-clutter your schedule and set solid priorities.

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