Pastor’s Reflection for August 20, 2017

Dear Parishioners,

Today, we see a world in which many are neglecting their spiritual lives. This article by Charles Stanley is a good example for reflection.

There are also many saved individuals who walk with the heavenly Father for a time but then get off track. This happens for a variety of reasons. If you discover your heart is loyal to something besides Christ, it’s vital to acknowledge that this has happened. Identify which attitudes or activities are drawing you away from Him. Some become fainthearted and lose the desire to persevere through challenging circumstances. For others, worldly ideas and goals become distractions —or perhaps certain people influence them to lose focus. Sports, hobbies, or simply busyness can also cause a believer’s heart to stray from Christ. If this is something that has happened to you, then repent and get whatever help is necessary to set aside diversions, insecurity, worldly desires, or anything else that draws your attention away from the Lord. Once the distraction is gone, refocus on Jesus by reading the Word, praying, learning from biblical messages, and spending time with godly friends who will encourage you. After living outside of God’s best for a while, it can be hard to discipline yourself to function as the Lord desires. No matter what the cause, any life separated from the only true anchor – Jesus – is in danger. God offers believers a full life in Him. But the Bible teaches that Christians will not thrive if they live apart from God’s Word, His principles, and an ever-deepening relationship with Him. Following His plan – in His strength – is the way to peace, joy, and contentment in life.

I will be available for confession this week on Tuesday, August 22, from 1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

May Jesus continue to shepherd you in all of your needs.

God love you,