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February 5, 2019, 12:36 PM

February 2019 Newsletter from Pastor

Everyone wants more life and more out of the life than they have. We all have a deep desire to feel worthy and respected by ourselves and others. We all want more life tomorrow than we enjoy today.


The question is what path will you seek, what approach will you follow, and who will you trust to get there? There are really only two choices: walk with God and trust his promises or walk apart from God and trust the promises of human flesh.


As Christians we find ourselves in tension. Christians know that they are called to walk with the Lord and trust him as his disciples but we also know how easy it is to turn from God and trust ourselves. You might say that we are always at a crossroads


Jer. 6:16 This is what the LORD says:“Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it,and you will find rest for your souls. But you said, ‘We will not walk in it.


We know we should ask God to guide us on the ancient paths where good is found, where rest is found, but as fleshly sinful people we too often refuse to walk in this way choose our own path.


This situation has faced God’s people since the garden of Eden. Adam and Eve wanted more than all God had given them. The only thing they did not have was the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil which could only be had by human reaching out and taking it for themselves.


They disobeyed God and hid from him rather than seeking God for the more that they wanted and need from life. They were cast from the presence of God and were forced to make their living from the land by hard work.


We have this inheritance from the first sinners. We all know what it means to work hard for life and fruitfulness. We even work hard for the right to rest for a little while. We constantly long to have more life, freedom and fruitfulness but do we stand on his promises or ourselves in our effort to obtain them.


God promises that we will have eternal life, freedom from sins and the fruitfulness of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness and self control if we will follow him and stand on his promises.


We must learn to walk in the good and ancient way, resting and standing on the promises of God and turning way from the natural ways of trusting the promises of our the power of our flesh.


Heb. 3:7 So, as the Holy Spirit says: “Today, if you hear his voice,

8 do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion, during the time of testing in the desert,9 where your fathers tested and tried me and for forty years saw what I did.10 That is why I was angry with that generation, and I said, ‘Their hearts are always going astray, and they have not known my ways.’11 So I declared on oath in my anger, ‘They shall never enter my rest.’”12 See to it, brothers, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. 13 But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.


Life is hard. Life is painful. We naturally trust ourselves to cope with all that life throws at us. We easily trust the power of our flesh to get the life that we want. But the reality is that when we trust ourselves we seldom if ever rest. There is always more work to do in the effort to find more life, more fruitfulness. We must work hard to keep what we have and get more. We yearn for and need rest but find it very hard to find. This is what life looks like if we try to do it without God.


But if we Seek god for the ancient ways…he promises we will find rest and find what is good. Wouldn’t life look different if instead of turning to ourselves when the stresses of life happened, when we are hurting and scared, instead of turning to ourselves we turned to God and encouraged others to do the same? Wouldn’t our marriages be happier? Wouldn’t our families be more loving? Wouldn’t church life be more joyful? The way to find such blessings is to ask God to show us the ancient way.

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