Pastor’s Pen
 

Immigration

         On the Statue of Liberty are inscribed the words, “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.”These words are printed on a bronze plague mounted on the inner wall of its pedestal.  They serve as a reminder that in America we are not defined by how much we have, but by how much we are willing to give.
 
         Immigration is an American way of life.  Unless you are a native American, your family were immigrants at one time.  Can we, as a nation of immigrants, pull together, including all Democrats and Republicans and Independents, to create an immigration policy that’s humane and lawful?  Pray about it and pray for our leaders to discuss and discern a way together. 
         We need to remember the words of Jesus who once said, “be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.” 
 
Pastor Dennis


Prayer

According to Luke in Luke 11:9 Jesus once said, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”
 

In this one verses Jesus gives us a three- fold process for practicing prayer. It begins with asking prayer. It continues with seeking God’s answer to our prayer. It concludes with going through the doors God opens to us as God answers our prayers.

 
Remember the “stop, look and listen” directive before you cross a road.
Apply that approach to prayer…
  • Stop and pray, asking God…
  • Look and seek for God’s answer to your prayer…
  • Listen for the opening of a door God invites you to go through.

Prayer is more than words of petition and thanksgiving. Prayer is a way of life, a journey to new beginnings.

Enjoy the journey, and, meanwhile, its “Happy prayers to you, until we meet again.”

Blessings, Pastor Dennis

 


Golfing with the Pastor in July

I am bringing back a popular program once held in this church called, “Golfing with the Pastor.” Every Friday in July, you are invited to spend the afternoon with your pastor playing just nine holes of golf at a public course. I will be walking, but you can take a golf cart, if you prefer. Our first golf outing will be at the “Crossing Golf Club,” just outside Gray. We’ll tee off at 1:00 p.m. These golf outing will occur each Friday July 6, 13, 20, 27.

Feel free to call me and offer your favorite golf course as an option for our summer outings. Remember, there are many spiritual lessons in golf. One of my favorite is to talk about how walking with the Spirit is like playing the game of golf. You must pick up your club, address the ball, initiate the backswing, but at some point, along the swing, you must let go and let the swing take you where you need to be. It’s the same with the Spirit. You must get out of bed, address your day, initiate your witness, but at some point, along the witness, you must let go and let God take it where God wants it to be.

 

Blessings,

Pastor Dennis
 


Prayer Ministry

Our church will be starting a new prayer ministry soon. A group of nine people are making a covenant together to gather together once a week to pray over the joys and concerns of our congregation, community, and world. The room behind the chapel will become the home of our new prayer chapel. It will take several weeks before we are ready for weekly prayer meetings, but our hope is by the end of summer we will have a group of two or more who are in that room every Wednesday night from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. spending time in prayer together.

 

Why are we doing this? Because nothing of great consequence happens for God’s kingdom absent of the power of prayer. I know many of you pray every day. Keep praying as God’s kingdom covets your prayers. We also need a core group that will commit to praying together for God’s vision for our church, the discernment of the needs in our community, and the opportunity given to us to reach out and make a difference. There is still time to join this prayer team. If you are interested, tell pastor Dennis, or contact T.R. Barnes. Please come and join us and pray with us.

 

Blessings,

 

Pastor Dennis
 


When we all get to heaven

Do you ever wonder who will be in heaven? Will we be surprised by who is there? Will we be surprised by who is not there? If you live a long life and make it past 100 years, do your friends who went before you wonder if you didn’t make it?

Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father but by me.” (John 14:6) It’s true, but how do you interpret it.

Some say only those who choose Jesus make it into heaven. Others say only those whom Jesus chooses make it into heaven. Which interpretation is correct?

The latter is correct because the former puts the authority in us and the choices we make. The latter puts the authority in Jesus and the choices Jesus makes. Well, it is God’s heaven, not your heaven or mine. The real question is, “Can Jesus be trusted to make all the right choices.” I say, “Yes.” What do you say?

Blessings, Pastor Dennis
 


Cheerful Givers

Can you live off 90% of your income? If you answer no, then is it a revenue problem or a spending problem?
There are Christians who live on 10% of their income giving 90% away. It is a reverse tithe. Interesting huh?
 
I don’t think there is a magic percentage, 10% or 90%, that God looks for; but I do know God loves a cheerful giver. When you give to God’s church, don’t give until it really hurts. Give until it feels really good.
 
Blessings, Pastor Dennis