• Pastor Jonathan Painter

February 15, 2022 Weekly Newsletter

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THE PASTOR'S PEN

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,” (Galatians 5:22)

As we continue our series concerning the fruit of the Spirit we come to the ever-elusive trait of longsuffering. The word means exactly what it would seem to mean, it is the ability to bear injury or provocation for a long time with patience. This is something that we have the power to do through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.


Of all the fruits of the Spirit, this is probably the trait that goes against our natural desires the most. When offenses come it is most natural to our flesh to either respond with vengeance or with victimization.


VENGEANCE

When we are offended it is very natural in our flesh to get angry and seek to strike back at the offender. However, in doing this we allow ourselves to become reactionary in what we do and thus yield to the power of the instigator to control our actions. Long-suffering forbids such a response and keeps us from losing our tempers in the midst of the situation.


VICTIMIZATION

When we are offended it is very natural in our flesh to make ourselves a victim and to pamper ourselves in a pity party. However, in doing this we begin to render ourselves helpless in a pile of pity that develops into bitterness and causes us to have a negative relationship with anyone around us who has ever offended us. Longsuffering forbids such a response and endeavors to keep us topside despite the offenses that have come our way.


While we should not seek vengeance and we should not play the victim the hurt from the offense still needs a place to go, this is where long-suffering really has its place. We will be able to employ the trait of long-suffering when we learn to use the proper outlet for our hurt. What is the proper outlet? “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” (I Peter 5:7) We should take our hurt to the Lord and pour out our heart before Him as David advised. “Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah.” (Psalm 62:8) Let the Holy Spirit fill His role of a Comforter in your heart and you will find that it will be easier to have long-suffering.

THIS WEEK'S SUMMARY


We were able to see four precious souls trust Christ as their Saviour this week. We had a wonderfully high Sunday morning attendance of 160 persons with 67 of those arriving through our bus ministry. We had a wonderful Valentine Banquet this past Friday, the theme was "Dining with Jesus."




TAKE ADVANTAGE OF OUR WEEKLY MEDIA OUTPUT

While the Devil tries to push his agenda through the world's media every day, we are trying to fight back as a church. We are trying to release new media content on a daily basis in an effort to keep Christian's minds on spiritual things seven days a week. We should give our minds to God and think about Him at some point every day! As a church we are hoping to help our members be able to do so. Here are just a couple of the content matters we offer on a weekly basis.



Every Wednesday we share motivating and stirring sermons both from men of God in our day as well as men of God from the past.

 

Every Tuesday Pastor puts out a short podcast specifically for our teenagers in the church. He speaks on topics that are meaningful specifically to our youth challenging them to please God even at their age.


 

Every Friday Pastor sends out an article on a family related topic. This could be on marriage, child rearing, relationship or a whole host of other topics.



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