Excerpt from August, 2017 "The Mountain Top Messenger" newsletter...

Thought for today; when the world gives you more than you can handle, hand it over to God. Here we are in August, summer is starting to wind down. Walmart has restocked its shelves with school supplies, parents seem happier about that than most of the children...
 
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August 2017 "The Mountain Top Messenger" Newsletter
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Thought for today; when the world gives you more than you can handle, hand it over to God. Here we are in August, summer is starting to wind down. Walmart has restocked its shelves with school supplies, parents seem happier about that than most of the children. Preparations are underway for the upcoming Sunday School year, for confirmation, for Bible Study, and believe it or not, I just received a catalog in the mail with all sorts of ideas for the Advent season.

Regardless of what we do, time marches on, for some reason, the writing of these monthly newsletter cover pages always seems to accentuate how quickly time goes by, there is simply no slowing it down. So as I pondered this thought this month I began to realize why it is that we sometimes have such a hard time understanding and imagining eternity. How do you put eternity into perspective when in our busy world, we consider eternity the time we have to wait in line at the DMV or in the waiting room of the doctor's office anticipating the results of a lab report or an x-ray. When we look at the span of our lifetime here on earth it doesn't even register as a blip on the scale of eternity. Now the other thing about eternity is when it comes time to live in eternity there are two options, and only two. Eternity is very black and white, no grey areas. We will spend eternity in either Heaven or Hell, no purgatory, no middle ground, no second chances, no going back. But I think you know that.

So why talk about it? Because it is that small blip of our life, that few number of years that we have this side of eternity that determines our eternity. And all of it boils down to one simple action. Do we have faith in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, as our Savior and Redeemer? Do we believe that through the means of grace we have been justified by His grace and thus saved to spend all eternity with Him in heaven? If you are reading this, I believe that your answer to that question is yes. I believe that you believe what we profess in our creeds, and I believe that we will be together with God our father forever. God has chosen us, the Holy Spirit has called us and dwells within us, and Jesus Christ has redeemed us and intercedes for us. We will be able to call Heaven our home.

That's great for us, isn't it? I think so! But it raises the question, what about everyone else, what about those who don't believe, or even worse yet, those who don't know because they haven't heard or been told? That is where we are supposed to come in, Jesus charged us to share His Word, to bring the Good News to those who don't know. That is the thing we are supposed to do this side of eternity, not so that we can reach Heaven, but because we are going Heaven. We are to share God's Word, through our words and through our actions and example the Holy Spirit can work in them and then through their faith they too can join us in Heaven for eternity.

Enough on that for now, just a couple of reminders, we have VBS rapidly approaching and still need help in a number of areas, please take look at the sign-up sheets and help where ever you can. The younger people, when they are introduced to the love and salvation of Jesus the better the chance they will learn it, remember it, and live it.

Thank you all for your support and always remember; If God is for us who can be against us? No one!

May the Lord bless you and keep you, may the Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you, may the Lord look upon you with favor and give you peace! Amen.

Pastor Rick
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August 2017 "The Mountain Top Messenger" Newsletter