May 2017 Newsletter Article from Pastor Carol Stufflebeam

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

     Many people look upon Easter as one of the greatest highlights on the church’s calendar. During Easter we recognize God’s grace poured out for us through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. What an amazing gift we have been given through God’s Son.  God’s grace includes His forgiveness of our sins and brings us into an intimate relationship with Him. His grace is something we have not earned and do not even deserve; it is born out of God’s love for us. His grace is something we first need to accept, and in doing so we experience freedom from the burden that sin creates in our lives. In receiving grace we must understand that grace demands a response. That doesn’t mean we aren’t forgiven when we make mistakes, God forgives those who have a repentant heart.  However He does call us to live life in such a way that it honors Him. The apostle Paul wrote to the church in Colossae which was a city located in Asia Minor. They were a people who were combining secular ways with the doctrine of the church. Paul wrote to encourage them to stay focused on Christ. He wrote, "If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. Put to death therefore what is earthly in you." (Colossians 3:1-6a, ESV). Paul goes on to list the areas that they are struggling with in their faith journey. We each need to reflect upon those areas in our own lives that do not honor God…and as Paul said, put an end to them. 

     God also expects us to be a people who extend grace. In the sixth chapter of the Gospel of Luke Jesus teaches about loving our enemies (6:27-35), He concludes this section with these words;  "Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful" (Luke 6:36, ESV). The grace that has been so freely given to us, we are to extend to others.

Sometimes that feels like a tall order, but with Christ all things are possible. He is the one we rely upon for strength and courage and boldness in every situation. His grace and power is sufficient. 

     We are Easter people every day of the year. My hope and prayer for each of you is that you know that to the very core of your being.   Blessings,

        Pastor Carol

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