Welcome

 FROM THE PASTORS DESK

As a prisoner for the LORD, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one LORD, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.                                                       Ephesians 4:1-6

I recall wonderful memories of this time of year during my childhood years. My sister, Lorrie, my brother, Ken, and I, would pile into the back of the station wagon and head off on a journey somewhere across America. While we travelled to see places like Niagara Falls, the Grand Canyon and other wonders of God’s creation, it could sometimes get tense in such close quarters. As typical brothers and sisters, we could sometimes argue and pick on each other. Dad would eventually get mad at us and Mom would try to get us to keep peace, reminding us that we were a family and that we should love one another. It was Dad’s anger that usually got the best results even though Mom’s reasoning was the true solution.

During these troubling times in our world and in the church, it is especially important for us to “keep the unity in the bond of peace.” How do we do that as American’s, as world citizen’s and in the Body of Christ when we become so divided by cultural differences, political ideologies and the like? Well, for those of us who call ourselves Christian, the answer is pretty straightforward; we find our unity in “one Lord, one baptism, one God and father of all, who is over all and through and in all……………Jesus. If we can keep Jesus always as our focus we can overcome anything that divides. We don’t have to agree on any given issue, on any political affiliation, on anything but Jesus.

One of my favorite Christian songs, one so wonderfully simple that I’ve asked it to be sung at my funeral is “Give me Jesus. The first verse of that song says:

In the morning, when I rise
In the morning, when I rise
In the morning, when I rise
Give me Jesus

Give me Jesus
Give me Jesus
You can have all this world
Just give me Jesus

May you know the love of Jesus in all your journeys through life. May you bear with each other in the love of Christ, finding always, unity in that name.

 

In Christs Love,

Pastor Jeff