Word of Encouragement

“No one lights a lamp and hides it in a jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, he puts it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light.” Luke 8:16 We who have come to know Jesus have been given the gift of light in our souls. When all around seems like it is dark and difficult, we are the messengers of hope and peace and joy. At times we are called to choose this and willfully battle the forces that bring despair and defeat. Other times hope comes to us as a great gift and we simply respond with thanksgiving. When those around us face difficult time, BE THE HOPE. As I shared Sunday, recently my family has again been tormented with physical ailments, one after another. And our response, :Change the station. Put on a Hallmark Christmas movie, bake some chocolate chip cookies, change the depressing music, do not even look at the negative campaign ads. Be the hope for each other. You really never know what people are facing in life. I have noticed that fewer and fewer people make eye contact in public. Even fewer have anything to say to strangers. Perhaps the world is just waiting for God’s people to BE THE HOPE. Come to church this week and hear how God is working here at Wesley and hope is being spread. THe harvest is plentiful!

~Grace & Peace~
Pastor Ernie


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Word of Encouragement

I am excited to be sharing with the congregation our “Red Letter Study.” We will begin with Luke, move thru Acts and finish with Revelation. The plan is to look at all of the things Jesus actually said so that we know His teaching. This will take a while to accomplish. I am encouraging everyone to purchase a red letter Bible or get one as a Christmas gift. We will have a case available for purchase starting in December. In a world where the truth seems to be whatever the loudest voice says it is, it is important that as Christians we actually know what Jesus said and try to orient our lives around that teaching. Luke is the perfect place to begin as the gospel of Jesus is propelled to all the nations and salvation made available to all. I want to encourage you to be a vital part of this study. Many of the Real Life Groups will be following the series, so get involved. Give your soul a chance to really know the voice of the savior.


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Word of Encouragement

The two secrets of the parables in Matthew are no longer a secret for us. Jesus is the messiah who dies on the cross for the forgiveness of our sin so that we might have everlasting life. This is the central message of all Christians and all of Christianity and it is the only message that matters eternally. We all need to make a decision about Jesus. Why do people have such a hard time really believing this? And I sometimes wonder why people think they can pretend they believe when they know they do not. Why do that? If it is more important to coach baseball, make money, or sip a margarita than it is to humble yourself to the Lordship of Christ, then why show up once in a while? What is the gain in worshipping two or three times a year? Perhaps the second part of the secret of the parables speaks to this. The messiah is coming back to collect what is His. When He comes, there will be a great separation, a discerning that only Jesus can make. For those who willingly asked God to change them and sought transformation into the likeness of the savior, there awaits a great banquet and a celebration of a soul once lost that found its way home. And quite honestly, for those who spent life running after personal gratification and seeking the rewards of this world, they will have already achieved all they can. There is no more. Jesus says, “I never knew you.” And He shuts the door. The pleasures of this world are indeed attractive and ever so appealing to the short term thinker. Deep inside though, we all recognize that eternity is real and Jesus speaks the truth. Somehow many have allowed their soul to become clouded into thinking an occasional showing up or a check once in a while will appease their guilt before God. Jesus says it does not. The only thing that saves us is that we know HIs voice, we have a relationship with Him. We hear HIs voice and acknowledge HIm as Lord and savior and dedicate our lives to serving Him. If you do not know Jesus as Lord, I invite you to ask Him to make a home in your life. Seek Him; He has been waiting for you to come to your senses. FInd like minded Christians and take this journey to eternity with them.
~Grace & Peace~


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Word of Encouragement

Anthony Cruz (Parents: Frank and Kelly) and Charles Idahosa baptized Sunday October 14th.

 
It is always a wonderful joy to share in the lives of those who get baptized.  This past Sunday, we had a wonderful  chance to experience all that we have been learning in church when we got to share in the baptism of both a baby and an adult.  As a community of faith there is no greater expression of our salvation than baptism.  Our corporate expression for both a baby and an adult affirms our belief that salvation is a gift from God, a result of a decision God made on our behalf before the creation of the world.  Paul says to the Ephesian church “By grace you have been saved through faith.  It is a gift from God not as a result of works lest anyone should boast.”  Ephesians 2:8 The two sacraments we celebrate, baptism and communion, are the greatest reminders God gives us of His love and our gift of salvation through the sacrifice Jesus makes on the cross.  I am so glad so many stayed for the celebration of baptism.

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