Word of Encouragement

As Irma approaches Florida, I got word of a mandatory evacuation for the Keys Wednesday.  I took a mission team to help after hurricane Katrina and stood in awe as I looked at the water mark left on the overpass for I 10 12 miles inland, 12 miles inland.  I was in shock.  Two entire blocks of Bay St Louis Mississippi were simply gone, only the concrete foundations were left.  If Irma comes our way, please have a plan to go somewhere.

Riding out a cat 4 or cat 5 storm is really not an option.  All of my church family around the Town and Country area, you are in flood zone 1, that means big problems with a storm surge.  The church cannot be a safe haven for you as we are in the same flood zone.  Find another alternative.  I may be crying wolf, but I know what I saw in Mississippi.  I stood in the front of the Methodist Church in Bay St Louis that Sunday morning and listened to people searching for loved ones or telling stories of loss.
When we come back together, after the storm, we can share our stories of how God led us through.  Use some common sense.
 
And the storm may just pass us by.  I hope so.  Through the calm and through the storms, God is with you.  Faith leads us from the beginning to the end.  God be with you.
~Grace & Peace~

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Word of Encouragement

“The Lord’s message rang out from you…”  There is a glorious affirmation in our lives when we are living on purpose.  As we grow in faith and learn what it means to be Christ in the world to others, we begin to realize that what God is doing in our lives has changed our attitudes and our behaviors and almost without really knowing how, people begin to say they are blessed to have us in their lives.  The Spirit of the living God begins to “ring out” from us.  This is a natural growth from the seed that was planted.

I have always tried to live my life according to God’s purpose for me.  When I make decisions, I seek God’s path.  Sometimes I have been right and sometimes I have been wrong, and I have learned to know the difference through this very verse.  When I am on target, my effort rings out God’s glory; the hard work is easy and the surprises of affirmation directed toward God are many.  My exhaustion is met with renewal.  When I am off target, my effort rings out self glory or runs to defeat.  The pats on the back stop with me and the surprises are more worldly.  The hard work is just hard and the exhaustion never ending.  

Let’s all pray for one another today, “may our effort ring out glory for our Savior.”

~Grace & Peace~

Pastor Ernie

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Word of Encouragement

We are completing our series “Seed of Possibility” this week and I am asking everyone to read John 1:1-14 and Genesis 1:1-3 before coming to church. These passages are intimately connected and speak to the glory of our savior. I look forward to sharing with you this week just how much God cares about you and your life. Be encouraged and know that God has a plan for you and your life and your eternity. Before the world was even created he made a decision about each one of us. He decided we were worth the price of the cross. He paid for our mistakes and as believers, we get to live in the hope of a never ending relationship with Him.

I pray that you draw near to Jesus as He desires to draw near to you. It is far easier to live according to our created purpose than it is to fight against our maker. So run to God, Learn form Jesus, for His yoke is easy and His peace is certain.

~Grace & Peace~
Pastor Ernie


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Word of Encouragement

Summer is drawing to a close and it has been HOT!.  I know this because school busses are on the road; teachers are back to work;  Wal-Mart is filled with school supplies, and parents are busy getting their students ready for a great year.  My whole life moves in rhythms and this time of year through the fall has always been my very favorite season.  Each fall I am reminded that “for everything there is a season.”  One would think moving to Florida would have changed that but no.  I still anticipate “Indian summer,”  even though it never really cools down until winter.
 
One of the things I like the most is that everything seems to slow dow.  Summers are busy for everyone.  The longer I live it seems this never changes.  As fall comes, help us Lord to sit down to a different rhythm and spend time in something other than business.  So how will we discipline ourselves and to what?
 
I would encourage you to start some chair time.  Spend fifteen minutes a day in a chair with no noise, nothing to read, no planning, no strategizing, just in quiet. It is not as easy as you think and will take a few weeks to develop.  I fully expect God to respond to those who have “ears to hear.”

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