FROM THE PASTOR ..
Many people live life doing the bare minimum. Chuck Swindoll writes, “But periodically we bump into a few refreshing souls, who have decided that they aren’t going to live in the swamp of the status quo, or run scared of being different, even though others will always say, ‘It can’t be done.’ Those who aim high are strong- willed eagle types who refuse to be bothered by the negativism and skepticism of the majority.”
The Bible teaches us to go beyond what’s expected and what most people may think is enough. Our Lord’s teaching to go the second mile was a revolutionary thought to people who disliked the Romans’ authority over them. William Barclay wrote about the teaching in Matthew 5, telling us, “What Jesus is saying is, ‘Don’t be always thinking of your liberty to do as you like; be always thinking of your duty and privilege to be of service to others.’”
In this new year we will have many ways to serve other people. We can use our time and our gifts to be a help and a blessing to our community through missions like Gideons, Whiz Kids, SEM Food Pantry, and A Caring Place. People may forget what we do, but not the Lord. “…He will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them” (Hebrews 6:10)
~ Pastor Ken