“Abounding in Thanksgiving” Colossians 2:6-8

“As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.”

Colossians 2:2-8

  As we approach the Memorial Day weekend, there are many reasons to celebrate and give thanks. As a nation, we remember those who offered their lives so we may live in freedom. As a church and as people of God we celebrate and give thanks for Christ Jesus, who offers perfect and eternal freedom from the shackles of sin and death. Living in Christ is all about seeing the world and all who are in the world as gifts from God rather than burdens to be tolerated. Our faith is all about the abounding grace of Jesus which acknowledges who we are, whose we are, while offering the love of God no matter where our journey has led. When we are “rooted” in Christ, we see things a lot differently; we see where we have fallen short (sin), and we hear God’s call to turn back, repent, to the love of Christ when our lives get out of control. When we receive Christ, we are a new creation abounding in the “overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God.” As you celebrate the start of the summer season this weekend, as the summer sun shines may the eternal Son shine upon you and may you abound in thanksgiving for all the grace you have received and offer that same grace to those around you. Thank you Jesus, just thank you Jesus!

 

 Pastor Tom



A Joyful Noise Psalm 100

“Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth.”

Psalm 100:1

  Have you ever thought about what God considers “music?” Many of us are particular when it comes to our music; musical taste varies as much as the weather in Northeastern Ohio. We often think of worship in terms of occurring on a particular day with our preferred style of music ringing in our ears. God does not seem as picky as we often are; as the Psalm proclaims, “make a joyful noise to the Lord!” In the eyes and ears of God, worship happens every time we lift our voices in praise and thanksgiving. We are in God’s presence while we sleep, during every second of our waking hours until we rest our weary head to ready ourselves for the day ahead. A “joyful noise” to God is a constant melody of thanksgiving from our heart to God’s. When we give all we have to God which is our heart, mind, soul, and strength; we draw closer to God and will even more completely know the love God has for each of us. It does not matter if you can read music, let alone song a note on key. It does not matter what kind of music you prefer as long as it gives glory to God. Seasons change as do music preferences, but God’s “love endures forever.” (Psalm 100:5) Make your life a joyful noise to the Lord and you will know the peace that only God, through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ can offer. Thank you Jesus for the privilege of worship and making a joyful noise to you, not only on Sunday but all the days of our life.
 

Pastor Tom



Walkin’ With Jesus Luke 24:13-35

“Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening scriptures to us?”

Luke 24:32

  Where is your Emmaus? Where do you do go to get away from life’s twists and turns? We all need a break at some point in our lives and need to journey, even temporarily, from those things that just drive us crazy. Though we leave behind such things, Jesus never leaves us behind. Our faith journey is all about knowing that our Savior “walks with us, talks with us, and tells us we are his own.” We may not hear His voice all the time but God loves us far too much to leave us on the road alone. A few of Jesus’ disciples were journeying to the town of Emmaus not fully appreciating what it meant to believe that Jesus “is the resurrection and the life and all those who believe in [Jesus] even though they die will live, and everyone who lives and believes in [Jesus] will never die;” for the disciples this Jesus thing was not terribly convenient or “user-friendly.” Fact is, our faith is not based on a relationship of convenience; it wasn’t “convenient” for Jesus to die on a cross for our benefit. Any relationship that is based on convenience or self-centeredness is no relationship at all. Jesus is with you no matter whether you are on your own “road to Emmaus” or just living where you find yourself in life. Jesus is in the midst of very moment of your life; you may not be aware of his presence but is there for you no matter where your journey is leading, or has led, you. It is amazing what can be encountered along the way; we all have our “Emmaus.” Be prepared to meet our Risen Savior Jesus Christ on the journey, true to his promise to “be with you, even to the end of the age.” Thank you Jesus for being with us every step of the way.

 

Pastor Tom