By Pastor Lew Pizzala
Psalm 27:8 My heart has heard you say, “Come and talk with me.” And my heart responds, “Lord, I am coming.”
When our youngest daughter was living at home she would often times and still does to this day when she is home, go into our bedroom and get on the bed and holler: “family time.” What she was saying was come talk to me. When she hollered “family time” everyone stopped whatever they were doing and went in. We would all get on the bed to talk and share things about what was going on with us. We were having “family time.” Just like Kayla, we have a God who cries, “family time”! He is saying drop everything and come away with me. Spend some time talking and sharing all the details of your life with me. This is what an intimate relationship with God is all about. It’s God saying: “come and talk with me” and our hearts responding with a, “Lord, I am coming.”
Take time in your busy schedule for “family time” with your Lord and Savior today! It will truly be life changing!
Forgiven To Forgive
By Pastor Lew Pizzala
“Then Peter came to Him and said, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times? Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven” Matt. 18:21,22
Two of the greatest needs of a child of God is to be forgiven and to forgive others. The one flows out of the other. Your ability to forgive others is due to the fact that you have been forgiven. Somebody once said: “God has a big eraser.” The question is: “how big is yours?” One of the reasons why we have a struggle forgiving others is because we often insist on having the last word. We have to win. Having the last word is important to our flesh. Have you ever considered that: “an apology is a good way to have the last word?” Forgiveness is giving up the right to hurt someone because they hurt you. Why should I forgive someone? Because I have been forgiven. Your sin against God will always be greater than somebody else’s sin against you. If God has forgiven you, go and do likewise. When you fail to forgive someone you carry that burden with you like a dead weight, when all along you could have released them through the avenue of forgiveness.
Prayer: “Thank you for forgiveness. May I show my gratitude for forgiveness by forgiving those who have wronged me.”
The Annual Kids Valentine’s Day Party will be held Sunday, February 14th from 12:30/1:00 PM – 4:00 PM. Kids will enjoy a pizza lunch, games and crafts. This party is for kids ages 3-12. Please RSVP through a comment here, sign up sheet in the foyer or call the church at 226-2333.
Middle School and High School students will meet every second and fourth Sunday morning right after worship in the Youth Group classroom. They are learning how to stay Jesus focused in all areas of their life. Teachers: Tim & Barb Schouten and General & Tanya Brown
Nehemiah 4:9 “And we prayed to our God and set a guard as a protection against them day and night.”
The 2016 Annual fast starts Wednesday, January 6th and will continue through Wednesday, January 27th when we will complete the fast with a bread and soup dinner at 5:30 PM. Each Wednesday night during the 21 days there will be a special half hour time of prayer and worship after the service when you can spend extra time in His presence. What and how you fast is between you and God. Let this be a holy, set apart time for you to seek God with all your heart and see Him answer your prayers!