Be a Tree Planted by the Water

Pastor’s Message:

In his Fresh Expression book Welcome to Dinner Church, Rev. Dr. Verlon Fosner writes: Christianity is the greatest rescue project the world has ever seen.  And yet the majority of churches across America have become ineffective at evangelism and slipped into decline.  He states: “There are reasons to be hopeful, however.  The life of Jesus is still a welcomed talking point, even among staunch secular people.  While their interest in church attendance is low, their interest in talking about Christ and the things he has brought to the world is high.”

 

I believe God has a higher calling for each of us and it is truly to be in the rescuing business.  However, in order to be in the rescuing business, we need to understand ourselves, realize we have a Christ-empowered story to share and a faith-filled relationship with Christ our Savior (our rescuer).

 

This month, we will reflect on the source of our hope, strength and love.  We will reflect on the world’s empty promises versus: what nourishes and gives vitality to our lives; from where our inner strength and true hope come; and what we might need to release to our Savior (rescuer).

 

The Prophet Jeremiah wrote these words: “They shall be like a tree planted by water, sending out its roots by the stream. It shall not fear when heat comes, and its leaves shall stay green; in the year of drought it is not anxious, and it does not cease to bear fruit.”

 

May we be a well-watered tree!  May we be rooted in our Holy God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit! The fruit we can bear produces the fruit of God’s unconditional love shared with one another, in our ministry together as God’s servants to the guests that come into the Food Pantry and with the students, parents and staff at Lake Panasoffkee Elementary School.  May our vision to share our hope in Christ as our Lord and Savior be strengthened and expanded.  Pray for God’s will and our obedience as we train, plan and begin Dinner Church on Monday nights in January 2019.

 

Remember, “The life of Jesus is still a welcomed talking point, even among staunch secular people.  While their interest in church attendance is low, their interest in talking about Christ and the things he has brought to the world is high.”  Be ready to share your Christ empowered story.

 

In His Service,

Pastor Marguerite