2017 July Pastor John's Jots

On July 9th we will wrap up our study of Master Life. Time flies when you are having fun. We began Master Life January 8th. Because of the generosity of a donor all 65 books we ordered were a gift. The donor also purchased over 30 notebooks to keep our notes bound. A big thank you to the donor. I hope you enjoyed the study as much as I did. All of this was done as our first initiative in our master planning. We have our Mission Statement, Values and Areas of Growth. The “Kitchen” was one area of growth. In the “kitchen” we equip and train our church to become disciple makers. Your Church Council will continue to provide opportunities for growth over the next few years. If you would like to share a brief testimony on July 9th how Master Life has enabled you to grow, see me. We’d like to end the series with some edifying words from you!

I’ve been praying about the direction concerning our messages and have been led to a theme of, “Strength for Today, Bright Hope for Tomorrow.” It’s from the song, Great is Thy Faithfulness. It seems, in times like these it might be an uplifting and challenging study. 

Aren’t you excited about our church? I sure am!! Blessings to you all!! See you Sunday!

Pastor John

Saint Sinclair

It is hard to believe that July 4th is already upon us. The birth of our country is certainly an epic and most courageous event, where colonialists united together under God to forge a new path in creating a country of their own. The inspiration and persecution of the colonials drove them and their families across the 13 colonies to their knees independence on following and obeying God’s direction for their future.

It reminds me of the scripture verse in 2 Chronicles 7:14 – The Lord appeared to Solomon at night and said to him,"14 if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

There are a couple of unique features in this verse relating to national forgiveness of Israel’s sins: 1) Humility, 2) Repentance, 3) Longing for God, and 4) Prayer. As we delight in celebrating the 4th with family and friends ensure we thank the Lord for the freedoms that we have in our country. Let us remember that true freedom is not doing what we want, but instead it is being free from sin to worship the true living God. My prayer is that we as a nation, formed of families and individuals, can humble ourselves, repent of our sins, and walk faithfully and obediently with God. 

Praying for you, Murray