August 6, 2019

Good Morning,

What a week it has been. We were reminded in the past week how fragile life is. One second, we are talking on the phone, the next second fighting for our life. I’m reminded of the words of Jesus when he says I will be with you always even to the very end of the age. And the words of the psalmist that says he knows all about us before a word is on our tongue, he knows it, he knew us before we were born while we were in the womb. He says that every day ordained for us is written in the book, before one of them came to be. So, what does this tell us? Be ready. Often we live our life fearing things. We don’t go or do certain things because of fear. We forget to live. Jesus tells us in John 10:10 “I have come that you may have life and have it to the full.” So, here’s what I have learned in the last week. Live life without regrets, make the most of every opportunity, be quick to ask for forgiveness, be willing to extend forgiveness where it is needed, don’t harbor bitterness towards others, live fully. If there is something that you thought of doing, do it (as long as it’s in God’s will). If there are persons you are holding a grudge against, take care of it today. Don’t let this day end knowing that there are unresolved issues.

As I was driving down the road recently and looking at the fields, I noticed that some have great crops growing, while others are overgrown with weeds. The difference between the two is that one is planted and the other was let go on its own. It’s a reminder to me that we need to plant the fields around us. Those fields come in the form of people. Little people, big people, co-workers, neighbors, people we meet, we always have the opportunity to sow seeds. Then after we sow the seeds, we have the opportunity to cultivate those fields.

            This past week we concluded our Freedom series. One of the things we are again reminded of is that in Christ we are a new creation. The old is gone and the new has come. Christ gives us the opportunity to live life with a new focus and perspective and not be held in bondage of our past. This coming week we will be looking at Psalm 84. It’s a Psalm that talks about what it’s like to live in the presence of God and how glorious it is. It’s a beautiful reminder that living in the presence of God doesn’t mean that we need to wait until we leave this earth to do that. In fact when we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we live in the presence of God now.

            In the next weeks we will be welcoming new volunteers in a variety of positions. Thanks so much to all of you that have been serving, have served in the past, and will be serving in the future. Make sure to stop by the lobby displays and sign up to volunteer at the Grandstand Diner during the fair, and for the Saturday evening service. Volunteering is one of the ways that we get to practice who God has called us to be. We are called to serve. When Jesus was asked what the greatest command was, he made it a two-part response. The first is to love the Lord your God with your whole being, and the second is to love your neighbor as yourself. Both can be challenging. For both it’s easy to love when it fits into my schedule and doesn’t cause me to change in any way. But God’s call is to love regardless of how easy or difficult it may be. Sometimes we have to look beyond ourselves and our desires to see what God has for us. The only way we can get there is to allow the Holy Spirit to live through us. I know for myself when everything goes right it’s easy to love, but when it’s difficult the only way I get there is the power of God living through me.

 Blessings, Pastor Glenn

North Clinton Church