Pastor's Corner

28 Dec
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Mid-Week Challenge

2016 has produced some memorable headlines.  Christianheadlines.com has produced a list of what they consider the top 10 that Christians should know about. 

http://www.christianheadlines.com/news/the-top-10-stories-of-2016-christians-should.html  Only one of the articles seemed positive and I was not surprised to find about half referring to ISIS and our failed attempt to dismantle their terror outfit.  We live in a troubled and fallen world.  The efforts of the Church in America in the past year has done very little to change that truth.  Buried in the overlooked headlines of this week there might be a glimmer of hope that might offer real change in 2017.  According to vocative.com ISIS has published an attack list of US churches to target in the New Year    http://www.vocativ.com/386579/isis-lists-u-s-churches-to-attack-during-the-holidays/ You might find this as an odd source of hope but for ISIS to publish a list means they acknowledge these churches are making a difference in some way by disrupting their operation of terror.  The devil knows his adversary so why do we have so much trouble identifying ours?  In a vain attempt to appeal, many churches have clothed themselves with the look of the world and in effect lost all resemblance of the true Bride of Christ. 

Looking over an ISIS type list, do you breathe a sigh of relief to not find your name there or should we be ashamed that we have not gained enough attention to be counted?  Either way we must protect ourselves physically and spiritually.  As we see the approach of a new year, today is the best time to take inventory of the footprint you are leaving.  How big of an effect are you having in the scope of influence where the Lord has placed you?  What more could you do to see that others have the same opportunity to respond to the Gospel as you have?  All of us can do better in hopes of hearing our name one day on the List that really matters. 

 And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.  Revelation 20:15

Serving the Savior 

Bro. Jonathan

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