Word of Encouragement

Just a few more days of lights on the tree. I like it when the rain is falling, it is cold outside and I sit down to a nice bowl of homemade chili. Peace, peace. One small light lights up an entire room of darkness, just a small light. And Jesus says He is the light of the whole world. I can sit and meditate about how Jesus has changed my life. And the light is still shining. Though the world does not comprehend it for what it is. What John knew in the first century, believers still know today. Jesus is the light that shines in the darkness. The next time you light a candle, just say, “thank you Jesus.”

~Grace & Peace~
Pastor Ernie


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Word of Encouragement

About two years into college I had a great learning. If I decided my final grade BEFORE the class started it changed a whole lot about the class. First, I never decided in advance that I would get anything lower than a B. This put the class into perspective before it began. It inspired me to begin strong, keep up, do the work, study, and make the grade. I never got anything lower than a B again.

Last week in church, I asked everyone to grade their 2017. Not surprisingly, most of us did not grade it an A. Now why is that? The truth is, most of us look back at the value of the year based on what happened. Our circumstances determine the value. What would change if we decided to grade 2018 before it began? Undoubtedly we would not be able to value the year and grade it on the circumstances, nothing has happened yet.

So I think I am going to have and A year this year. How about you? And what will we do to assure we get there? It inspires me to start strong. In January I will overwhelmingly enjoy my opportunities with my family, diligently pursue my studies. Keep up my attitude and make the grade. What can stop me? My upcoming circumstances? No way. Greater is the One who lives in me than the one who lives in the world. I have Jesus. Winner year!

~Grace & Peace~
Pastor Ernie


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Word of Encouragement

I have always wondered why God came as an infant, subject to the rules and laws of this world, an innocent at the mercy of the guilty. Why not come in power and might? Why humbly? A baby in a manger? Only when we begin to understand the true nature of love can we begin to understand this. Power is the opposite of love. Power does not care about you or me. Power simply wants results. Power demands. It consumes, pushes, controls. Love, not so much. Love thinks of the other first, seeks the best for others before self. Love is not jealous or angry or shouting or demanding. Love just wants to walk quietly with us in the cool of the garden, and listen and smile, and bring us purpose and peace, meaning and life. Christmas is Love; Love is Christmas. This is why God came as an infant. Merry Christmas Wesley!

~Grace & Peace~
Pastor Ernie


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Word of Encouragement

We all come to the end of the 27/90 series and for those who have completed reading, congratulations. It does require a bit of discipline. We will leave the videos available for anyone who would like to complete the readings another time. I am once again in awe of what I have learned as I read through the New Testament with you. As much as I have studied over the 40 years of ministry, it surprises me there is so much more to learn.

My intention in having all of us read was to give us a chance to meet God and in that meeting uncover the truth He desires us to know. In our search for the truth, we have had to set aside preconceived ideas and open ourselves to new words from God. So as a word of encouragement, I want to go back to the original main verse. “The word of God is living and active, sharper than any two edged sword, it pierces us to the very core of our existence.” Hebrews 4

I how that we have all met God in our reading, and that our meeting pierced us to the core. I hope and pray God has challenged you to new ways of thinking and living and loving. May God give all of us the strength to become what He desires. Thank you for being on this journey with me.

~Grace & Peace~
Pastor Ernie


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