All a person’s ways seem right to them, but the Lord weighs the heart. To do right and just is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice. –Proverbs 21: 2-3

So a new year has begun, our annual meeting is over. The long winter between Christmas and Spring is starting. Each of us has our opinions on what is to come, on what is best and how to do it. Let us not forget this gem of wisdom from scripture—we think we have the plans, we think our ways are the best, but it is God’s plans that we must be about, it is God’s love we must show each other. Let me ask you to seriously take some time this month, the month of love in the secular world, and reflect on the real love of Christ in your life. How are you living into your discipleship?

From the Pastor’s Desk…

The other day I had a phone call.  The young lady was distraught because she was without a job, without food, and without money.  She had a kid on the way and a boyfriend who had skipped out.   Her rent was due and her utilities were next.  She was relieved that they wouldn’t turn off her power in the winter, but worried nonetheless.  After three hours connecting her to resources and listening to her and just being with her, she was more at rest, able to see at least a game plan ahead.  Her rest was not complete calm nor was it without worry, but it was trust in God.  Psalm 55 is this same story.  Go get out your Bible and read it.  I’ll wait right here until you get done with that……Ok, so see how the psalm starts—all panic filled and despairing and for good reason.  The things were not going right, the rumours were flying, the vultures circling.  The Psalmist just knows things are bad.  And the call goes out to God—where are you?  If I could, it says in verse 6, I would sprout wings and fly away to a resting spot.  But I can’t and they are closing in.

“Give thanks in everything” –1 Thessalonians 5:18

So as this is the month is about giving thanks, I have the following: A 9 year-old boy from Lake Park was talking to me this summer. He had just had a very bad day, falling from his bike and his dog had just died. He stopped to talk to me because he had been at our VBS. And he asked if it was weird to say thanks to God on a day like that. When I said not at all he then said, “Well I’ve been thinking about it, and so I made this picture (it was of his dog) so that he will recognize my dog and then get to play with him and run with him like I did. After all, God just loaned him to me for a while. I can’t think of a better way to thank Jesus.” I am giving you all a spiritual growth task—how would you really thank God from your heart? Be creative, make something or write a poem or sing a song or draw or make something just to say Thanks to God!

Pastor Tim

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