Saturday, August 29, 2015

Pastor Doug's September Newsletter

Dear Struthers Families,

These days everything seems to be changing, from pencils and slide rules, to the computers that perform everything from our personal needs to very specialized surgeries.  Home telephones are almost a thing of the past, as cell phones are now the main means of communication. Home cooked meals have been replaced by microwave dinners and fast food, horses by cars, trains by planes and someday people may even travel in space. Everything seems to be evolving.

But one thing remains unchanged; God, His Word and Jesus Christ. His grace and salvation are still the same as when Jesus offered them to those he walked among some 2000 years ago.   

Today God, the Church, and Jesus, are far from many peoples’ lives; as they have little, if any, interaction with God, except for an occasional utterance of God’s name.  We all are hungry for something to fill our lives. The world fills our lives with “things”, but we are all really seeking peace and happiness. This comes from God. 

How many minutes a day do we, or our children, spend worshiping, thanking, praying to God, or studying the Word of God?  We wonder why our kids are doing the harmful things they are, and why some even senselessly kill one another.  Is it because we have walked, or run, from God’s Word? Jesus walked here, the Word made flesh, to sharing a timeless message, God’ love for all. 

How have you experienced it this year?  I challenge us all to shut off the computer or TV and spend a night together as family or friends, fellowshipping and reading the Bible for 10 minutes each week, praying for our family, friends, co-workers, our communities, our churches, our nation, our service personnel and ourselves. I know Jesus always found time to spend with His Father in Heaven. It was important to him. 10 minutes a week doesn’t seem like much till the world and our life schedules step in and then we find ourselves scratching our heads wondering where the day went, or weeks or even the months slide by.  Don’t let this year slip by. Make some time on your PDA, iPhone,  or  text each other a  reminder for 10 minutes of time for God.   I truly believe we will forever be changed by this time spent with our Heavenly Father. 

God Bless,
                      Pastor Doug