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April 11, 2015, 2:55 PM

From Your Pastor’s Heart - April 12, 2015

Good Morning Family, 

Today, I begin my letter with the ending:

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.          

This is not just a cute little tagline of a verse that I came up with to end my letter each week. This is truly my prayer for our body of believers here from the youngest to the oldest.  Each week as you are entering the building, there is a group praying for you in the little room across from the office.  Anyone is welcome to join this group.  I would like it to outgrow the room and have to move to the sanctuary.  Just a few more and we would have to move there.  It is usually full with no empty chairs.

As you are coming in the doors to attend Sunday School, teachers are being lifted up and students are being presented to the throne of God through prayer.  Sundays are not just an activity we do as Christians in order to “check off the box” that we have attended church.  It is the time when we gather for a concerted effort to study God’s Word in a way that brings about what the Bible calls “Sanctification”.

Sanctification is that process by which we become more and more separated from the world and committed to God through His Word and the active work of the Holy Spirit implanting the Word in our lives making us more like Christ from the inside out.  (James 1:21-22)

True sanctification is not about the appearance of integrity, faithful attendance, generous giving, having good feelings about God, or even being a very good person. It’s about growing in Christ-likeness in all aspects of our lives.  It is then that integrity, faithfulness, generosity, living above reproach, and a sense of walking closely with the Lord will be the natural outflow of sanctification.  By the way, this process is not optional; just like obedience to your parents as a child was not optional.

“For the Lord does not see as man sees;  for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”    1 Samuel 16:7

Humbly Yours

Bro Steve

Dr. Steven Gann, Your Shepherd

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