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Message from Pastor Gorden

posted Dec 16, 2015, 3:11 PM by Tracey Morris   [ updated Mar 26, 2016, 7:38 AM ]

Happy New Year!

2016!  Making your resolutions?  I have made mine. With God’s help, I want to change my perspective to be one of thankfulness and not of complaining. I want my heart to be changed from being critical to being grateful for what God has already done for me. Thankfulness comes from a heart of faith which gives the capacity to look at life with a sense of awe and mystery. Being thankful can change my whole outlook on life and the world in which we live.

Undoubtedly, the world is troubled and violent. However, we must never lose heart for the Creator God is still in control. This is My Father’s World! We are caretakers of all that has been given to us. Even with the recent tragedies I am grateful and thankful that God has given me this place in which to live.

“Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever.”(Psalm 106:1)

In a few weeks we will enter into our Lenten season. This year I am thankful God led me to the book Glory Days by Max Lucado. This is one of Lucado’s most recent publications. The theme for our Lenten Services will be borrowed from this book.

I am excited to share insights from his book. Max uses the book of Joshua as the foundation for his publication. Joshua, the successor of Moses, learned that God already gave his inheritance of the Promised Land. He did not need to fight for Jericho. God had already given it to him.

The premise of this theme is that we, too need to claim our inheritance that has already been won by Jesus our Savior. All we need to do is accept this gift. Lucado calls this inheritance that Joshua claimed his Glory Days. We can be reminded that we can also claim our Glory Days.

We can live out of our inheritance from God. Promised Land people say. ‘I’m a victor in spite of my surroundings.’  Wilderness people say, ‘These are difficult days and I’ll never get through them’. But God’s people say, ‘These days are Glory Days…and God will get me through!’” Praises to God who gives us the promise of life. How are you choosing to live your life?

Let’s learn more about this as we make our Lenten journey using this book as a resource to study Joshua.  Together we will see how we can make the transition to Glory Days thinking.

Have a great and blessed New Year.

Pastor Gorden

“O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth forever.” (Psalm 136:1)

 

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