May the LORD bless you and yours this day. May the prayers of the saints hold you up.

Pastor Denton Lester It seems concerning sometimes the place and purpose of the church in the world today, what with all the distractions and influences that are attacking us from all sides and even from within. We could ask, is the church as strong as ever, or is it slowly crumbling before us as we stand back and watch? Part of the problem or perhaps the whole problem is that we are simply standing back and watching. There is no standing for the truth and for the church.

There is so much to take our focus from things eternal and move it to whatever is currently fascinating. There seems to be little interest in things of faith today, in holding fast to the commands of the word of God, in attending and being faithful to church and church related events, in our relationship with the ever living God, or even in moving forward, let alone maintaining. Yet the things of this world, the things that keep us from our faith, are so enticing and captivating. These things that are only for a moment and yet seem to be of so much greater interest. The things that cause a pastor disappointment are things such as these. I know that if they go into overtime at a game its great, but if the pastor speaks too long it’s awful. If the price of a ticket goes up, no big deal, but if the church asks for more money, that’s all they think about. It is so sad to stand in front of the church and see empty pews and yet to see the stands full at a sporting event. How sad it is to find persons too busy to attend church events and worship, and yet they always have time for sporting events and such.

“The way is narrow…” Matthew 7:14

John Wesley said that faith is something that is not turned on or off. It is either there or it’s not. “Ye are the light of the world. A city set upon a hill cannot be hid” (Matthew 5:14). Wesley said that Christians are the light of the world with regard to your tempers and your actions. Your holiness makes you as conspicuous as the sun in the midst of heaven. He said it is impossible to keep our religion, our faith, hidden unless we cast it away. It is impossible to conceal our faith in Jesus Christ unless we are not in the faith. Whatever religion can be concealed it cannot be Christianity. The apostle Paul says in II Corinthians 13:5, “Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves that Jesus Christ is in you-unless indeed you fail the test.”

So...When did you last spend time with the Lord? When were you in church last? How about Sunday school? Have you ever thought about Bible study or involving yourself in a ministry that the church may need? Are you in the faith? Do you want to mature in the faith and be faithful to the commands of God? Is there some petty thing that is keeping you from church, such that you feel justified by not being there? Does it involve someone else who maybe doesn’t even know the problem? No one can develop a maturity in faith alone. We need to be adaptive today not in faith but in culture. We need to make our faith the focus we take into the world not make the world the focus we take into our faith. Pleasing the Savior must be the first priority of the Christian, remember that He was shunned by the world for our sake. We need to be His light in a world going quickly dark. Discipleship is radical. Being a follower of Jesus Christ demands, demands your all. Remember…”the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few, (meaning not many) who find it” (Matthew 7:14).

The challenge; can we reach those who find it a matter of unimportance to be in church? Does our own faith make enough difference in the way we live that it can influence others?

See you in church.

Pastor Denton
            Pastor Denton

October 2019