December 27, 2018

Good afternoon congregation,

 How is your week going? Was it a week like you expected? I was reminded this week how important it is to have family and friends around us. I can only imagine the loneliness for persons who doesn’t have anyone around them, especially during the holidays. But, even more important than family and friends is having Jesus in our life. People will disappoint us, things don’t always go as planned, and we don’t always get things we want. But Jesus never fails us. Yes, we fail him at times, but he will never fail us.

 This week for the sermon we will be looking at Luke 10 again, but I want to focus on the response found in verse 27. What does it mean for me/us to love the Lord our God with our whole being? We have been talking about what it means for us to live with God, this Sunday we will be spending time dealing with the how. How do I live with God? Practically, how do I live with God in a day to day basis. I would encourage you to read the verse and think about what that practically looks like in your life.

 Over the past month I have been working with the USPS to find a package that they lost for me. I have been disappointed many times. What I have been reminded of is what is important. Yes, I want my items that have been lost/stolen, but what is most important is not found in a box. What is important is relationships. Relationships will last and cannot be put in a box. Sure, I have tough days dealing with this loss, mostly when I hear from the USPS, but it is the relationships that will last. I have spent a lot of time dealing with our local post office, they are great, they have worked diligently to try and find the package and have cared deeply. I have been reminded that my witness is very important. How I respond to them, how I speak to them, the message I convey is very important. If I am not a good witness in the process, I have lost all.

 As I have been walking with persons dealing with health issues I have also been reminded of what is valuable and long lasting. The ability to have all our functions is most meaningful when we use them to bring glory to God. The message of the angels was that a great thing happened which will bring peace and joy to all people. We just have to accept the message. Our health does not denote whether we can bring glory to God, it only dictates how we bring glory to God. So, let’s make sure that we love the Lord our God with all of our being.

 This coming Sunday is the last Sunday to donate to the Christmas offering. Monies will be used in our Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and to the ends of the world. To date we have raised over $7,000. The boxes will be at the back of the sanctuary for your contribution.

 If you are thinking about it, the end is near. Finish what you need finished this year. But remember, the beginning is even closer. This very second is the beginning of the rest of your lives. Live life to the fullest and remember what makes it “the fullest.”

 God bless you!

 Pastor Glenn

North Clinton Church