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Pastor's Corner

Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you. Keep straight the path of your feet, and all your ways will be sure. Do not swerve to the right or to the left: turn your feet away from evil. (Proverbs 4:25-27)


These days it is so easy to get distracted. We have so many demands upon our attention. We can spend an entire day binge watching our favorite Netflix show. And then there are other modes of entertainment – sports, hunting, camping, children’s activities, school activities. You could probably name a lot more.


Some of us allow worry to distract us. We worry about the future, worry about our children, worry about our health. Some worry about things that could never happen. I think it was Cory ten Boom who said that worry doesn’t take away tomorrow’s troubles, but it robs today of its joy.


The above passage from Proverbs reminds us of a fundamental truth: Where you look is where you go! You will end up going the direction you are focused upon. It is written that Jesus fixed his eyes on Jerusalem – that was his goal – that is where he was determined to go because that is what was consistent with his calling.


We need to focus – not on the unknown and nonexistent future – but on those things that are consistent with our calling. As Christians, we have a heavenly destination; therefore, we must focus on those things that are heavenly – that which is pure, true, and honorable, that which is pleasing to God. Proverbs exhorts us to not look left or right, but straight ahead, keeping our focus fixed on doing God’s work.


Paul’s words to the Philippian church have been rolling around inside me. I pray they will bring hope and encouragement to you as well:


Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you. (Philippians 4:8-9)


May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love the Father, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit dwell upon you this day and every day, unto ages and ages and ages to come!


On the Potter’s wheel – Pastor Jean



LENTEN SEASON


It seems like we just had Christmas and already it’s Lent! Lent is a time to reevaluate our lives and our relationship with God. I pray you take Lent as an opportunity to form new spiritual habits that will draw you closer to God. If that is something you would like to do but would like some suggestions on how you can do that, Pastor Jean is glad to help you with that.


One good way to begin is to be deliberate about keeping a regular time you spend with God, in prayer, in Bible reading, using Upper Room or another devotional to guide you.


A devotional time seems like such a simple thing, but for some it is very difficult to maintain in our fast-paced world. It is something we must decide to do and then do it. Put it on your calendar if you need to. Put an alert in your phone! Schedule it at a time when you know you will not be distracted.


God bless your spiritual journey and whatever you do to form a closer relationship with Jesus and love him more deeply beginning this Lenten season and beyond.


                                                                       Grace and Peace,
                                                                                                     Pastor Jean

                     

                     Pastor Jean Smith                                         Wayne and Pastor Jean Smith
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