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Pastor's Corner

Our Pastor...................

                                                                                    Rev. Keith Dunn

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Listen to a recent Sermon by Pastor Keith  "Finish The Task"   Click Here
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         Our Mission Statement................

           To Proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ and bring people into a saving
           relationship with him.

           To Nurture the spiritual growth of the congregation and:

           To Serve as Christ would in meeting the spiritual and physical needs
           of our community and world.

                                                                    Pastor's Page
Dear Friends,

     Greetings in the name of Jesus!   As my pastoral ministry with you comes to a close, I've been thinking about what final thoughts I would like to leave with you.  In the past several weeks, I have been conveying this to you through my sermons, and now through this pastor's page.
     Recently, I discovered through my devotional reading that Paul offers peace and grace to the Ephesian church as he closes his letter to them.  While it is not unusual for the apostle to open his epistles with the greeting..."grace to you and peace .." Paul very rarely closes his letters with those words.  He begins and ends Ephesians with grace and peace.  they are an appropriate blessing to end a letter and for my final Pastor's Page to you.
     When Paul offers peace to the Ephesians, we may view this as his desire for them to get along with one another because we often think of peace as the absence of conflict.  There is so much more to it than getting rid of the negativity of warring against one another.  Peace brings harmony.  There is a blessedness that comes with it.  In a sense when we are living in peace, all is right with the world and those around us.  Peace brings wonderful blessings to those experiencing it.  That is Paul's desire for his readers and my prayer for you.
     While Paul begins his letter with grace and peace, he changes the order of those words at the end of it.  The letter to the Ephesians starts and ends with grace.  That is also the way it is with our lives as Christians.  It is all about God's grace.
     Grace is the understanding that we cannot do anything to deserve or earn God's approval.  God loves us deeply and there is nothing we can do about that.  It is given to us freely and expressed to us most clearly through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  Go loves us and is working to dray us towards Him even when we are not aware of what is happening.  When we accept Christ for ourselves and are at peace with God, it is grace.  We grow in our relationship with God by the power of the Holy Spirit and discover that all of it is an act of grace.  It is based not in our efforts but in God's love!
    My prayer for each of you is that you will be at peace with God and one another.  That God's goodness and blessing with be abundant in your lives.  I also pray that you will know that God loves you deeply.  In other words, I pray that you will continue to experience God's peace and grace today and forever.

                                                                                                          Pastor Keith


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