Matters for Eternity
It’s often said the best way to find out what’s important to a person is to check their calendar and their bank statement. We value our time and money. But it’s easy to underestimate how much we have and how well we use both. Our focus this week is on generosity and gratitude. Most of us would agree these are admirable traits. Most would also agree they don’t come naturally. Imagine what your home, your church and your community would be like if you and those around you were more generous and thankful.
God is Love
“But if anyone obeys his word, love for God is truly made complete in them. This is how we know we are in him.” 1 John 2:5 Love is grounded in accepting and following God’s directions. Jesus said the greatest command was to love God with all of our heart, soul and mind. The second greatest command was to love our neighbors as ourselves. In many ways love boils down to putting others above self. We are called to act justly, to love mercy and to walk humbly in dealing with not only God but with those around us.
Good Riddance, 2020: What did we learn?
As 2020 is coming to a close, we all can say who we are as the church. Pre-pandemic, we were a church with one campus. We are now a church of two campuses, in person and online. We have learned to understand the church isn’t a place you go, but it is the people. The stories of how many people we are reaching through our online presence and from the presence in our community as a result of drive-by parades, grocery shopping for our shut-ins, etc. has led to great conversations that will lead people to closer to Jesus. Let’s praise God for the ways he taught us to be the church during this trying time.