THE PASTOR'S PAGE

How many of us have people in our life whether it be our spouse or children or friends that we give them only five minutes of our day. If so then we sure will not have a very good relationship with that person. We all know a marriage will not work with only giving each other five minutes nor would our children be ok if we took them out fishing for five minutes. Many of us as Christians somehow think our relationship with God in Christ Jesus will grow if we spend about five minutes with God every now and then. In the new year instead of committing to a new weight loss plan or exercise routine commit to strengthening your relationship with Christ by spending time with Him everyday. Make it a habit to get in God's word each day. Our church has committed together to read our Bibles throughout this year. Get a friend and find a Bible reading plan and spend time with God in the Word and encourage and support each other. Pray and spend time resting in the Lord. We are so busy we tend to forget how important it is to quiet our souls and listen to God. These things will not take all of your day and what a difference you will see in your relationship with God by committing just 15 minutes of Bible reading and 15 minutes of prayer and alone time with your Heavenly Father and His word each day. "Blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk according to the Lord's instruction. Blessed are those who keep his decrees and who seek Him with their whole heart" (Psalm 119:1-2).


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!