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Scripture for the month:

April 2017
1 John 4: 7-10 (NKJV)

"Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us. By this we know that we abide in Him, and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son as Savior of the world.”

Pastor's Note

I'm not known especially for being the silent type; however, as I reflect on Easter and God's amazing love, I find myself silent before God as I reflect on His amazing love evidenced in the giving of His Son, Jesus for my sin.  Brothers and sisters, silence is sweet and silence can be golden yet silence can also be awkward.  For instance, a few years ago I worked with a wonderful man who I liked right away, we just 'hit-it-off'.  Over the short time we worked together, our conversations often turned to the differing paths life had taken us on, to faith, to the church and to the importance of principles, morals and ethics in business, in religion and in life. He was a man of principle and conviction.

I left that company and so did he but he came to Jeters Chapel a couple times.  I was then told he was no longer in the area and I was thankful to have known him because I always felt a friendship and spiritual connection with him. Then, just before Christmas, I received a call he had passed away.  The caller indicated that his loved ones wished to know if I thought their son was saved, it was one of those 'awkward' moments of silence. 

You see, I couldn't recall a specific conversation in which I could say definitively 'yes!, he believed'. However, because of our many, many conversations about faith, I believe he was saved and I believe he had a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.  However, in that moment, I was so shocked and I so wanted to comfort the family yet all I could say was in my heart, I believe he is in heaven with Christ right now. 

My friends, I don't believe there is any greater expression of love we can express to one another than to take the time to talk to a loved one about faith and lead them, if necessary, to salvation in Jesus Christ.
I want to challenge you to have a conversation with your children, with your family members and friends about faith in Jesus and may I remind you that the devil is going to give you a hundred reasons why you shouldn't have those conversations while God is only going to give you one - He loves them as much as you do.

If you do not accomplish anything else this month, talk to your loved ones about their faith so you will have the peaceful, silent assurance in your heart that they'll be with you and Jesus someday in His glorious Kingdom forever. 

Love,
Pastor Paul

Continuing the work of Jesus Christ

Peacefully Simply Together