Words from the Pastor
I am not sure if anyone notices this or not but I try to have a new scripture on the front of the bulletin every month and this month is no different. I read this month’s Scripture early Wednesday morning and it spoke to my heart. Here it is, “At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by His grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. This is a trustworthy saying. And I want you to stress these things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good. These things are excellent and profitable for everyone (Titus 3:3-8).”
“At one time Paul” writes to Titus in verse 3. I don’t know about you, but I am feeling that that one time is still happening and I am still messing up quite often. That as a pastor and someone that has been a Christian for over 50 years I should be on top of all those things that Paul is telling Titus was “At one time…” Now please notice what Paul writes next, “But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy.” I heard a definition of mercy and grace that went like this: “Mercy is not getting what we deserve and grace is getting what we don’t deserve.” I know that I sure didn’t deserve mercy. I am a sinner that deserves the utmost punishment. I deserve to be on that cross, but my Savior Jesus took my place because of His love for me. And by His grace (Getting what I don’t deserve), He saved me from that death and from my sin.
Do I still sin? Oh yes, indeed I do (And so do you I would presume), but because of His death on the cross those sins are under His blood and I am free! I John 1:9 tells us, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” So, when I sin, I must confess it and it is forgiven right then and there and I am free from that sin. All because of the blood of Jesus and His mercy! And then, as Paul tells Titus, “…so that, having been justified by His grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.” The hope of eternal life!! I do hope that you have that hope. That you know that you will have eternal life. That beyond a shadow of a doubt you know that you have been forgiven and that He no longer looks on your sin. If you don’t know those things please let me know. I can help you understand that He wants you in His family. And if you do know than I pray that you are living the victorious Christian life that only a born again believer can live!
Please let me know if you need anything. You pray for me and I’ll pray for you. Naomi and I love you all. -Pastor Steve
Words from the Pastor