From the Pastor's Heart
Pastor’s Thoughts – Trust God – March 2022 – Link to download
Have you been worried, confused, overwhelmed, and heavy-hearted with everything that’s happening around us lately? If so, you are not alone! I ache and weep inside of me every time I hear on the news or read on-line that more innocent people in Ukraine – children, moms and dads, elderly, have been unjustly forced to leave their town and homes, or have unmercifully been killed by the Russian army.
Through it all though, there has been a thought that has preoccupied by mind and engulfed my heart and spirit, in the midst of all the pain and gloom that I see around me – that I have a living God who sees all things and knows all things and before whom someday all mankind will have to give an account. He is such a great God!
I am happy to share here with you a few things about our Great God, the God of the Bible. He is my God and the God of all those who put their trust in Him.
As most of you know, the theory of evolution says that life began millions of years ago by a cosmic accident called “The Big Bang”. It states that we are only complex animals with no ultimate purpose or meaning in life and our final destiny is to become worm-food, rotting in a grave. On the other hand, the Biblical account of creation (which I strongly believe in) states that we are a special and unique creation of God and life has a great purpose. It also says that our final destiny is to live forever with God in the place called Heaven; that we have been created in the image of a God who loves us and has a wonderful plan for our lives. My question to you dear friend is “Who do you chose to believe?” Who do you think “shaped” our DNA into our DNA to make us, us? – God did.
While for the most part, I do have respect for science, I refute the theory of evolution and chose to believe the Biblical account of creation. Believe the theory of evolution, and you will be viewed as an evolving species that just biologically came into existence. They consider us as nothing more than biological machines that eat, sleep, reproduce and then cease to exist at some level. I believe the Bible account that we have been made by hand. We are handmade by God in His image and we matter to Him. Folks, the God of the Bible is ETERNAL. This reminds me of the boy who once prayed, “Dear God, please take care of my daddy and my mommy and my sister and my brother and my doggy and me. Oh, and please take care of yourself, God. If anything happens to you, we are going to be in a big mess.” Aren’t you glad that nothing happens to the Holy One? He is here today. He was here yesterday, and He will be here tomorrow. What an awesome God! Besides being the creator and the giver of life, here are a few more things about Him:
• He is our Sustainer -“Surely God is my help; the Lord is the one who sustains me.” Psalm 54:4
• He is our Shelter– “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1
• He is our Salvation – “She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because He will save his people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21
Dear friend, this God of the Bible is not a distant God. He knows what you are going through at this very moment. He knows all about the situation in Eastern Europe and about the world. He can be known in a personal way. He cares about you and loves you with an everlasting love. He sent His son to die on the cross just for you, so that your sins would be forgiven.
Do you know Him personally? If so, be encouraged today that He is always there for you. He will never leave you nor forsake you. If you do not know Him in a personal way, why not open your heart to Him today. It is through Him and Him alone that our sins can be forgiven and be given the gift of eternal life. He wants to hear from you. God’s Word says “If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.” Romans 10:9,10.
Friend, Jesus Loves You and so do we!