To the saints and who are faithful in Christ Jesus.

Pastor Denton Lester Autumn arrives on Friday. Can you believe it? I guess that each autumn comes faster than the last one. Every year seems to go by faster than the one prior. So goes our lives. We are young and we blink and we are not so young. It is like a vapor, not here for long. I pray we have a beautiful autumn. God is so awesome!

Have you taken time to consider that God is awesome? I mean have you sat down somewhere all by yourself and just contemplated the glory and majesty and wonder and power of our Lord? Tonight I was out in the car for just five minutes to make a delivery and had the wonderful experience of staring down a young buck that was standing at the side of the road. He looked at me, and I looked at him, and he finally flinched and ran off. The creation that God shares with us is to enjoy every day, every moment. And the amazing thing is that there is always opportunity to see the wonder of God whenever you step outside your door.

Worship is the true essence of creation. Everything that was and is part of creation was created for that purpose, to worship, praise and enjoy our God. We were sitting on the back porch not long ago when a storm was approaching, and as it got closer, we could see the trees across the back of the property all seem to bow to the power and glory of the One who holds the storms in His hand.

“The torrent burst against it and immediately it collapsed.”

Luke 6:49

We have all seen the devastation that the force of the storms can do. As we look at the effects of Hurricane Harvey in Texas and then in its wake, Hurricane Irma came ashore in Florida and brought much flooding and damage to most of the state. There are fires burning out of control in California and in Montana with much property damage to homes and to nature. The power of the storm is just one of the mighty powers of our God. He also is the power of presence and grace in the midst of the storms. He brings the blessing of human love and concern, along with the blessings of love of neighbor in such an amazing way in that so many come to the aid of those afflicted.

Surely we know that God is in the storms, “Fire and hail, snow and clouds; stormy wind, fulfilling His Word” (Psalm 148:8). In the psalm we read that all of the forces and participants of creation praise the Lord. I know that in the difficulties amid the tragedies of the storms it is hard to praise the Lord, yet that is what is heard most. People are thankful they are safe and many give praise to God for their safety in the midst of the storms.

The message is that there are two foundations we can build our lives on. One is sand and the other is solid rock. We are taught in Matthew 7 that we can build our houses (our lives) on the promises of God, on His Word, with the understanding that He is all powerful and He holds all things in His hands. Jesus said if we understand this, we may be compared to the wise man who built his house on the rock. “As the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock” Matthew 7:24-25). You see Jesus wants us to understand that in the midst of the beauty of all this creation, storms will come. Not just the storms of nature, but the storms on the spirit. Those that attack our souls. He also wants us to know that it would be downright foolish to not build our lives on the Word of God (the rock) because the storms will not miss us. We might not be in a hurricane, but we could be swept away by personal storms. Please take heed; the storms will come, be sure that your life is secure on the rock of Jesus Christ, that He is the Lord and Savior of your life and soul. “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul” (Matthew 16:25)?

Bring a friend; see you in church!

Pastor Denton

October 2017