THE PASTOR'S PAGE

The Holiday season is upon us and before we know it the year will be gone and 2022 will be here. As the hustle and bustle of the season begins I would like to ask you to take a moment and thank God for His many blessings. The blessings I am speaking of are not health and family or enough in the checkbook to go Christmas shopping (as wonderful as those blessings are). What I would like you to thank God for are things like His authoritative, infallible Word. How about the gospel church and gospel preachers? Give thanks to the Lord for Christians who minister everyday with no one looking and not seeking a reward of any kind. Give thanks and praise God for the gift of salvation through His Son Christ Jesus. Thank Him that salvation is by grace through faith and it is not something we do but it is based on what Christ has done. Let us thank God always "because from the beginning he has chosen you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and through belief in the truth. He called you to this through our gospel so you might obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ". Thank the Lord for the work of the Holy Spirit and that the Spirit continues to convict the world of sin and righteousness. Let's do as Paul commended The Thessalonian church to do. God did not appoint us to wrath but to obtain salvation through Jesus Christ, so let's "encourage one another and build each other up"; let's "rejoice always, pray constantly and give thanks in everything, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus". God bless you and I hope you and your family have a safe and happy holiday season.


THE GOSPEL

In it's simplest form the gospel is good news; a herald. But what is the good news? That sinful man can be made right in order to stand before the Creator. The fact that God created everything including humanity tells us that the "world is not ultimate but that it sprang from the mind, word and hand of someone else". Yes humanity is created by God and in the image of God, but man sinned. This sinful rebellion was given to us all and it separates us from God. This is bad news! But God sent his one and only unique Son to bridge the gap between the Holy and right God and sinful man. "He made the one who knew no sin to be sin for us so that we might become the righteousness of God" (2 Corn.5:21). "For there is one God and one mediator between God and humanity, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all". (1 Tim. 2:5-6). That is Good News! What is your response to such wonderful news? if you have not trusted Christ as your Savior do so now. Put your faith in Him and let His grace give you the greatest gift ever!