February 8, 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 with this series of articles on the fruit of the Spirit we have come to peace. Peace should be a by-product of being yielded to the Spirit of God and allowing Him to produce fruit in your life. One of these fruits He wants to produce is peace.
What is peace? In a general sense, peace is defined as a state of quiet tranquility. It is freedom from disturbance and agitation. Peace is something that is coveted by all God’s creation, especially we as humans who as made in His image. Secular books have been written on the topic of finding peace. An entire workout movement has been established in a pursuit of peace. False religions have been founded on man’s quest in pursuit of peace. Millions of dollars have been paid to those who promise to bring the human mind into a state of peace. Yet we find here that peace is quiet easily attained from the Author of peace who has given us the Spirit of peace to live inside. Yet, we as Christians fail to have peace even though we possess the power to indeed have a lasting peace. We fail to have peace because instead of embracing the Spirit of God within us and walking to please Him, we quench this same Spirit of peace and live in turmoil. Yield to the Spirit of God and He will give you the peace that surpasses all understanding. “And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:7)
There are three different levels on which God wants to give us peace.
PEACE WITH GOD
It is God’s desire that man would be at peace with Him. It is for this reason that He was willing to sacrifice His own Son. “And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.” (Colossians 1:20) We can have peace with God through Jesus Christ our Saviour.
PEACE WITH MEN
God not only desires that we would be at peace with Him, but also with peace with others. “Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.” (Romans 14:19) When we fail to be at peace with others we will not be able to edify or minister to them as God intended that we should do.
God wants us to be at peace within ourselves. It is for this purpose that He has given us His Word. “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33) We will find peace when we allow the Spirit of peace to walk with us through the pages of the Word of God. This brings us the inner peace we desire.
Peace is not so hard to be found if one knows where to look. God has given us His Spirit and His Spirit will bring us peace if we will let Him do so.
THIS WEEK'S SUMMARY
We had an exciting week with 136 persons in attendance on Sunday Morning with 54 of those riding our busses. We had five adult visitors and saw seven precious souls trust Christ as their Saviour through our Soul Winning efforts this past week. The Lord has been good! It was wonderful to see the kids getting off the busses on Sunday Morning with their Bibles in hand ready to go learn about the Lord in Sunday School. This is the very reason we labor in the minitry! Praise the Lord!
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.