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November - Pastor's Message

posted Jan 7, 2016, 8:26 PM by Karen Lindsey
Dear Friends in Christ,
With Thanksgiving just around the corner it seems appropriate to focus our thoughts this month on the One to Whom we offer our thanks.

Right off the bat Genesis 1:1 declares that "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth."  In the First Article of the Apostles' Creed we confess, "I believe in God, the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth."  This is the God we thank!

Let's see what else the Bible teaches about our Creator God?

Psalm 19 shows us that creation has a message about the Creator.  For instance, "The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.  Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge."

Several stories remind us of God's power and control over nature: Remember  for instance; when the Israelites crossed the Red Sea, God parted the waters so they crossed over on dry ground?  In the book of Joshua we read about the time God caused the sun to stand still so the Israelite army could finish off their battle with the enemy.  In the New Testament we read about Jesus stilling storms and calling Peter to join him as he walked on top of the water.

Or think about God's creation of a human being.  Psalm 139 gives us a wonderful picture:  "For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb." This speaks to the sanctity of human life and calls on God's people to recognize and protect this special work of creation! 

The Creed says that God is our Father.  As a Father he cares about His children and provides for our needs.  Even though we are uniquely blessed in this country with freedom, opportunities to be educated, to own property and fill our lives with material possessions, many still worry about tomorrow and what it will bring.  Will my pension drop in value?  Will we be able to pay for our children's college?  Will I have enough money to live on if I enter a nursing home?  

Here's what Jesus teaches in the Sermon on the Mount: "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear.  Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes?  Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.  Are you not more valuable than they?  Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?"  

These words from our Lord challenge our faith, and our confession.  Do we really believe that God our Father, the Creator of heaven and earth will take care of us when we confess the Creed each week?  Admittedly, we all fail at this once in a while.  And yet, it's good for us to confess it each week because it reminds us of the kind of God Scripture teaches.

Meditate on the verses listed above so you know to Whom and for what to give thanks, not just this month, but every day!

In Christ,
Pastor Lori