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We are not alone

posted Jul 1, 2017, 12:55 PM by Bowmansville UMC   [ updated Jul 1, 2017, 12:57 PM ]

Folks,

As a July message I want you all to consider this through the summer months as we busy ourselves in summer activities yet still come together in worship these sultry summer days on Sundays.

We as a church are not alone in what we do, even in the summer.

Read Ecclesiastes 4:7-12

So, what we are, what we have become, and what we will become, all depend not just on the free choices and decisions we make and the goals we set for ourselves, and our church. Even in summer we can reach out and grow.

Sometimes our free choices and our community are in conflict. Those who have not come to church lately might need some help.

Sometimes our goals and choices are to head in a given direction, but some of the people we run with can steer us away from our Christian goals.

Even in Academics some goals seem right until we put the Light of Christ onto the scene. Maybe God is Blessing you for HIS reason, and not your own? I as your Pastor have learned that lesson the hard way, a few lost years of service to MY Lord & Savior.

Good things can happen when our goals and choices and the people we are running with are all headed in the same Christian direction.

God's promise to be present to us becomes real to us through the Body of Christ, the Church.

One of the ways in which the Church offers its presence to us is by its activity of affirming (lifting up) people that they might become open to God's embrace. We need to be ever aware of this.

That is how we as Bowmansville church members as the body of Christ can help each other and help the church grow even in membership.

We do it by action. I can do all things in Him who strengthens me. Phil. 4:13.

We do it by stepping out, by trusting that God is there and we are willing to do what we hear him saying He is going to do. As the Gideon's say "take that first step in Faith"

We step forth on the journey to which He calls us and then, after we've walked that journey a bit, we look behind ourselves from where we've walked.

When we do that, we find that the landscape we've covered is littered with evidence of God's presence with us on our journey.

Remember the Footprints in the Sand poem?

Yes there will be times that we as members of the church body were carried by God when our times were tough. Through the Love of Jesus Christ he never leaves us, no matter how dark we imagine it to be!

Remember our church this summer, be thankful for an early 9:00 am service when the air might still be cool for a summer time service, with the warmth of friends and family inside who look for You these summer days.

Christian Summer Blessings this July/August Pastor Jim


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