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Message From Pastor Leon

posted Apr 24, 2013, 7:53 AM by Tracey Morris   [ updated Mar 26, 2016, 7:38 AM ]

We must pay more careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard,
so that we do not drift away. --Hebrews 2:1

In his book Mere Christianity C. S. Lewis tells us why it is so important that we ‘pay more careful attention’ to God, and how we can keep from ‘drifting away:’

Faith, in the sense in which I am here using the word, is the art of holding on to things your reason has once accepted, in spite of your changing moods. For moods will change, whatever view your reason takes. I know that by experience. Now that I am a Christian I do have moods in which the whole thing looks very improbable; but when I was an atheist I had moods in which Christianity looked terribly probable. This rebellion of your moods against your real self is going to come either way. That is why Faith is such a necessary virtue. Unless you teach your moods ‘where they can get off’, you can never be either a sound Christian or even a sound atheist, but just a creature dithering to and fro, with its beliefs really dependent on the weather and the state of its digestion. Consequently, one must train the habit of Faith.

The first step is to recognize the fact that your moods change. The next is to make sure that, if you have once accepted Christianity, then some of its main doctrines shall be deliberately held before your mind for some time every day. That is why daily prayers and religious readings and churchgoing are necessary parts of the Christian life. We have to be continually reminded of what we believe. Neither this belief nor any other will automatically remain alive in the mind. It must be fed. And as a matter of fact, if you examined a hundred people who had lost their faith in Christianity, I wonder how many of them would turn out to have been reasoned out of it by honest argument. Do not most people simply drift away?

The most important ‘reminder’ has, of course, always been the weekly worship service; but a daily reminder is also important, especially these days when busy schedules make consistent Sunday morning worship difficult for many people. It can also be a chore to fit daily prayers and Bible reading into the schedule. It is not easy to add one more daily duty to an already full day.

One of the things that has forced itself into our busy lives in recent years has been the ease, and burden, of communication by email (and voice mail and twitter and texts and facebook, etc.). Not everyone has access to email, but many do, and for you I want to offer an opportunity to have this daily reminder of God while you are reading your email anyway. Each day I prepare an ‘EmailMeditation’ that you can subscribe to (free), and have delivered to your email each morning. It is usually brief-- a reading, three Bible verses, and a prayer-- taking two or three minutes to read. Some days longer options might be added, but the basic meditation will usually be less than a thousand words. And this will be for you an opportunity each day to turn your thoughts to God and open your eyes to the eternal perspective that God’s promises provide.

Sometimes the readings are by me, but usually they are something I have run across in my reading and found meaningful or helpful. Readings are a hodgepodge of bits and pieces of all sorts-- stories, teachings, devotions, questions and answers; all which might inspire, inform, uplift, or encourage you, a little bit at a time. Most Christians do not read their Bibles even once a day-- you will read at least these three verses, and, you have the opportunity to spend a few moments in prayer. You do need this every day. This provides a convenient opportunity.

Getting started is easy. The website can be found at:
www.emailmeditations.wordpress.com

There you can view past meditations and subscribe by clicking on to the ‘Follow’ button in the ‘Follow Blog via Email’ box on the right, just below the picture. The church website also has an EmailMeditation link. If you have any problems with the subscription, or have any suggestions or questions, you may email me at llstier@frontiernet.net

Pastor Leon

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