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May 7, 2017, 8:43 AM

From Your Pastor's Heart - April 30, 2017


Good Morning Family!

          II Timothy 3:16-17 says:

              16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

            Apart from the God’s Written Word, you and I would have no compass, no chart, and no idea at all what God wants of us.  Had He done all He has done and left no written record, we would be in the dark in regard to creation, and the many accounts of His working with His people in the Old Testament.  Had Christ come and no written testimony of His mighty acts been preserved, we would not know much, if anything at all after 2,000 years.

            Language is the way man communicates person to person and from generation to generation.  Written language is the God-given vehicle through which accounts of history and stories from the past are relayed through the years.

            The process of how we got the Bible is amazing.  The road that His words have travelled has been completely guided by the Him as He has watched over and preserved His Holy, complete, sufficient, trustworthy, and inerrant Scriptures down to us over the centuries.

            My intent is to attempt to relay that story to you on Sunday evenings in the coming weeks.  I want to make it understandable, accessible, and relatable to your life.  It is one thing to believe your Bible is trustworthy and true; and it is another to be able to grasp onto its history of how it got into your hands.  I believe this is very important for all of us to be able to at least have some semblance of how we got the Bible.  So make plans to join us on Sunday nights for “How We Got the Bible”

            As always, my prayer is that we would all, “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of truth.” II Timothy 2:15   

Humbly Yours,

 

Dr. Steven Gann

Your Shepherd

 

         




April 20, 2017, 8:45 AM

From Your Pastor's Heart - April 23, 2017


Good Morning Family!

          We had a wonderful Sunday last week as we celebrated Resurrection Day!  We shared in a good breakfast as family around the tables and then our service that followed.  Thanks goes out to Janet and Mary Ann for preparing and coordinating and all of those who worked in the kitchen and/or prepared cinnamon rolls for the breakfast.  

          Also, I want to mention those that shared their musical talents with us in the service.  Thanks to John for leading our choir and to those who faithfully came to rehearsals in the weeks leading up to Easter.  Your commitment does not go unnoticed.  I want to also thank Elaine, Tracy, and Clarence for sharing the Word in song with us that morning.  It is a blessing to be a part of a church that loves music.

          I stuck around afterwards and watched the kids have fun at the egg hunt.  They had a great time and so a thank you goes out to Tracy and those who helped her put that together.  A good time was had by all.

          I want to tell you once again, that it is a privilege to be a part of a church family that focuses on the main thing.  Christ should be and is at the center of all that we try to do.  Robin shared with me a song this past week that she had heard, called “I Choose Christ” by Karen Peck and New River.  It is a great song with lyrics that praise the Lord for His faithfulness no matter what our circumstances.  As long as we keep Him as our focus, we are on the right track as we navigate this crazy world.

          As we continue to move forward together in ministry, I want us to continue to seek to follow only Jesus’ leading and His Word as to how we minister to individuals, families, and our community and rely upon Him for the outcome.   

          As always, my prayer is that we would all, “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of truth.” II Timothy 2:15  

Humbly Yours,

Bro Steve

Dr. Steven Gann

Your Shepherd

 

         




April 16, 2017, 2:00 PM

From the Pastor's Heart - April 16, 2017


Happy Resurrection Day!

          I pray you have used this week to reflect upon the sacrifice of our Lord that brought about reconciliation between you and our Heavenly Father.  When we get that into perspective, our motives, attitudes and our actions tend to gravitate toward Christ.  The reality is that each day should be a day of clear reflecting on what Jesus did for us; because we are called to take up our own cross daily and die to self and live for Him.  He died for us, so that we could live for Him.

          The cross being the very pivotal point in all of history was brought to its climax with the resurrection on Sunday Morning.  The resurrection of Jesus put the stamp of authority and blessing upon all that Jesus did and said during His ministry.  He foretold His own death and resurrection and it wasn’t until it was all said and done that His disciples put all the pieces of the “puzzle” together.

          We are blessed in that we have the entire story in black and white, the Holy Scriptures.  We are able to see all of God’s dealings with man all along the way from creation to the cross to the second coming.  There is nothing for us to “put together” aside from our forsaking of our sin and turning to Christ.  If you ever want to know the overall will of God for your life, there it is.  There rest falls into place after that.

          The humility it took for the Son of God to condescend and to go to the cross for you is simply breath-taking.  This calls for a complete breakdown of any of our pride as we come to the One who gave all for us.  There is no room at the cross for self.  There is no room in the life of a follower of Jesus for self.  It is all for Him!

          As always, my prayer is that we would all, “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of truth.” II Timothy 2:15  

Humbly Yours,

Bro Steve

Dr. Steven Gann

Your Shepherd

 




April 7, 2017, 5:07 PM

From Your Pastor's Heart - April 9, 2017


Good Morning Family!

          Recently, we have concluded two different message series.  Our Sunday morning series “In the Heavenly Places- A Walk through Paul’s Letter to the Church at Ephesus” has been greatly challenging to me to live in a manner that is more conscious of the real battle between the Spirit and forces opposed to our Heavenly Father’s Kingdom in this world and in our lives.

          Our Sunday evening series, “The Blessing of Revelation” concluded two Sundays ago with the wonderful words, “Even so, come quickly, Lord Jesus!”.  What a trip that was as we travelled back in time to the letters of Jesus to the seven churches of Asia Minor and then forward in time to what is to come as the Lord Jesus returns and displays His glory in the punishment of the wicked and the eternal joy of His people.

          What a joy it is to be in God’s Word as a church family!  I am also so thankful for your encouragement and support as we walk in faith together.  We definitely need each other in this battle called life.  None of us are “tough guys”.  None of us are designed to go it alone.  We need each other.

          Today, we celebrate Palm Sunday.  This is the day Christ was welcomed as the Messiah by a very fickle crowd in the streets of Jerusalem.  As the week progressed and opposition from the religious leaders grew into a deadly poison, there were no doubt many followers of Jesus in the crowd that were confused about the horrendous turn of events culminating in what has come to be know as Good Friday.  For them, at the time, it didn’t seem like a Good Friday.  But, we know the whole story.  It was all in the Father’s plan.  Christ’s suffering and punishment was all for our good and His glory.

          Join your family here at church as we walk through the steps of Jesus from Palm Sunday through Good Friday and on to Resurrection Day!

          As always, my prayer is that we would all, “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of truth.” II Timothy 2:15  

Humbly Yours,

Bro Steve

Dr. Steven Gann

Your Shepherd




April 2, 2017, 9:05 PM

From Your Pastor's Heart - April 2, 2017




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