The buzz this month is to affirm that YOU are loved and valued! We are encouraged to use our words and actions to dispel hatred. From Editor Sarah B, “let it begin with me.” A timely Martin Luther King, Jr. quote to consider: “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” Almighty God who keeps the planets in their orbits is at the same time aware of even lowly sparrows that fall to the ground as expressed in Luke 12:6. We affirm that Yes, God cares greatly about you and others, as demonstrated in His word and by His actions. Although we left 2017 and previous years behind, even with the new year and new outlook on life, we may still experience heartache, disappointment, broken relationships, unfairness, and outright evil in the world. God reminds us He is in complete control, and as Pastor Bob often articulates to us, God is good. For that reason, we can be assured God is well aware of every aspect of our lives -- even down to the number of hairs on our head. Often times God graciously uses sufferings to compel us to lean on Him. This is a word of hope and encouragement for all who may be experiencing life challenges and wondering why. Know that . . . You are valued -- You are important -- You matter! In conclusion, it doesn’t matter what people say or may not say. God loves you! Go encourage someone today, and spread the LOVE word. Emulate Christ -- God is love! Simple truth: Love began with God when he created the world and us. He created us all equal and in His image. Ephesians 2:10 -- “We are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” Further, God's primary nature is to love, as shown by His redemptive plan for our salvation through His Son Jesus Christ – profoundly and masterfully demonstrated by Jesus giving His life on the cross. We commemorate and celebrate Christ’s resurrection from the dead on Easter. Easter this year takes place from Good Friday -- March 30th, until Easter Sunday -- April 1st. God's greatest commandment is for us to love the Lord and to love one another as exhorted in Luke 10:27. . . . Now that’s our latest buzz! Sarah B.
We had a blessed Christmas Eve gathering led in worship and praise by our anointed praise ensemble of Pastor Stacey, Joan Hyde, and Damari Nelsen -- celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ. Pastor Stacey brought the sweet Word with a message of hope. Christmas Eve service sparkled with love, laughter, and goodwill. Our distinguished Pastor Paul administered year-end communion in remembrance of our Savior’s sacrifice. Indeed we look forward to Christ’s return as we look forward to the year ahead – 2018 to be full of love, contentment, and joy.
Don’t look back and ask why; look forward and ask why not. Note that the only time you should ever look back is to see how far you’ve come!