Pastor Tim's Message

Pastor Tim's June 2014 Message

June eighth is Pentecost Sunday, one of the three major festivals of the Church.  It marks the beginning or the birth of the Church, the Body of Christ's Believers, who were united with Christ at the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.
The book of Ezra describes a time in the history of God's people when they were called from their exile in Babylon to "return" to the Promised Land.  Being in the place God wanted them to be symbolized their new and right relationship with God. 
Once there they began the work to "rebuild" the structures of the Promised Land, namely the Altar and Temple for worship and the city walls for protection.  These actions symbolize the work of the Holy Spirit who helps us rebuild the structures of our life together and of our nation.  We think first of the institution of marriage and of the family, then of the organized Church.  The role of marriage and family is basic to a healthy and whole life. 

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Pastor Tim's Easter Message

Christ is Risen!  He is Risen Indeed!
 When I was a teen I remember being resentful toward a fellow student because he was good looking, athletic, smart and popular, all the characteristics I wanted but felt I possessed only in meager a measure.  Whenever our paths crossed I changed direction, I wanted nothing to do with him.  Now understand, he had done nothing wrong to me, what was wrong was something inside of me.  Part of who I was/am was warped by the power of sin.  I was the resentful one.
 One day those feelings began to change.  We were at school when this fellow went out of his way to speak to me.  He was polite and even pleasant.  Later, without prompting, he did something kind for me.  Then, when we again crossed paths, he smiled and gave me a wave. 

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