Time to get real.
Our Homecoming was a great celebration and worship to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. What a joy to witness our faith with so many old friends that came back to visit. We see and feel the changes of the season. It is assuring to see some things that do not change. God blesses those who love and serve the Lord, no matter where they are.
This month on Sunday November 11th, we will honor our veterans which is observed nationally on Monday the 12th. We are thankful for their service and dedication. Their service secures our freedom to worship God along with all the other freedoms we enjoy. There will be a time in the service will ask the veterans to stand. Then we will ask those that have family that is serving or has served to stand. This will be an opportunity to see that many lives are affected and many make sacrifices in some way.
Our service to God is like that too. Everyone sees and expects the pastor, staff and church leaders to be working for Christ. But all Christians are called to sacrifice something. This month is the time we ask you to examine your life and determine what you can offer to God. The term is “Stewardship”. It’s a scary term for some, others think we are trying to get more money. Of course, the church needs money to operate. The church needs more than that. It needs you. Paul, in Roman’s 12, said this:
12 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
I guess what I am trying to say here is that it is time for us all to get serious. The term some of my friends use is “time to get real”. It got “real” for God when He sent his Son to die on a cross to wipe out our sins. Jesus’ sacrifice was real. Our joy is real, our celebrations are real, our sacrifices and limitations are real. The things we do affect real people.  The things we don’t do also affect real people. We definitely are a small church. The things we do don’t have to be.
  God Bless,
James Bost