Pastor's Corner

1 Nov
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Mid-Week Challenge

If ever there was a time to put the “Golden Rule” into practice it is now. Terrorism, natural disasters and human failures have caused most of us to be more mindful of the pain and troubles those in our world are struggling with right now.  In Luke 6:31 Jesus tells us, “Do to others as you would have them do to you.”  As we look around at the recent world events we discover that the command is not exclusively Christian.  Other religions and faith systems have adopted in whole or in part the essence of what Jesus tells His followers is not an option.  We are commanded to look for ways we can help out those in need.  Why would Jesus and others throughout the Bible make this command so clear?  First, God created us for relationships.  Because He wants a relationship with us, He put within us a desire to be around other people.  Second, according to a new study, giving of yourself and your resources has a positive health effect.  Studies have shown that when we are looking to the needs of others on a regular basis, it can lead to positive physiological changes like a decrease in blood pressure or lower mortality rates.  https://relevantmagazine.com/slice/report-volunteering-and-giving-back-helps-your-physical-health/

When bad things happen in our world God is already at work on a plan to bring about restoration.  In His divine wisdom He has chosen to work through His people to provide relief and comfort for others.  As we walk with Him He invites us to partner with Him in His creation.  The results of a fallen world impact all of us.  The love of an almighty God also befalls the whole.  How blessed we should see ourselves that the God of the Universe would see fit to use us to bring restoration to a world filled with trouble.  What are you doing today to be a blessing to someone in need?

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or empty pride, but in humility consider others more important than yourselves. Each of you should look not to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. Philippians 2:3-4

 Serving the Savior

Bro. Jonathan

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