Pastor’s Letter

February 6, 2014

 

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

 

    It is gently snowing as I write this letter. As I looked out I saw a snowflake land on the window sill. It stayed there for a long moment. The flake was beginning to melt but wasn’t ready to give up. I watched as it slowly changed and morphed into a water droplet on the sill. I began thinking about our journey together. Some are hanging on to the past not wanting to change, fighting the changes that life has at every turn. Others embrace the transformation, gladly adapting to the changes of life. Still others try to control the change, attempting to exert their will upon the situation. We live in interesting times. As Christians we must remember to not resist the changes God is encouraging us to make. We should try to embrace the will of God even at the expense of our will and our comfort.

 

    As Bethesda and Wesley Chapel forge their way into the future I pray that we open our hearts to God. For in loving God with or whole beings, with each and every fiber of our collected souls, we become empowered. For God’s love will fill us to the very tippy tops of our heads. God’s love will flow through our veins with such power that that we will be unable to contain it! You see when we love God with our whole beings (following the Great Commandment) it almost forces us to embrace the second greatest command; to love our neighbors as ourselves. For the love that God pours into our lives will flow out upon all of those people that enter our lives in any way. Those people will be affected by the power of God’s love and authentic relationships and sharing can occur.

 

    Many great things are on the horizon for our communities and churches. We must focus on spreading the love out to our communities by engaging in the mission field. No longer is the mission field somewhere far away. We need look no further than just outside the doors of our buildings. Let us all go forth and love others as well or better than we love ourselves.

 

Blessings in Christ,

Pastor Tom

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Where Are We Staying?

John 1.35-42 “The next day John was standing again with two of his disciples. When he saw Jesus walking along he said, “Look! The Lamb of God!” The two disciples heard what he said, and they followed Jesus. When Jesus turned and saw them following, he asked, “What are you looking for?” They said, “Rabbi (which is translated Teacher), where are you staying?” He replied, “Come and see.” So they went and saw where he was staying, and they remained with him that day. It was about four o’clock in the afternoon. One of the two disciples who heard what John said and followed Jesus was Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter. He first found his own brother Simon and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which is translated Christ