Pastor's Article 06-09-24

Life is full of change. Every day brings with it changes that require us to adapt, and with determination, we learn how to act instead of reacting to the differences we find ourselves dealing with. As we age or mature, not only do we change, but the world around us becomes much different than what we have been accustomed to. Phrases that were once commonly used become taboo, and things and the way we did them become obsolete. We learn to grow or else we sit around and growl over how things once were and how they are now. The only thing that remains the same is our God, Who never changes or differs in what is right and wrong or good and bad. God remains the same, and to that, I say Praise the Lord! 
Life is full of challenges. Every day brings with it trouble sufficient for that day. As we mature, we discover that we are not like fine wine: we do not become better with age. Our bodies wear out, and as they do, they ache, get tired, and need lots of repairs which are much more expensive than most can afford. Not only do we face health challenges, but we also face trials from a sinful world and a sin-sick society that seems ever-determined to make its sinful ways the acceptable norm in everyone’s life. Living in a world in which we don’t belong brings many heartaches and difficulties. To overcome the challenges, we trust Christ who is greater than all our problems, and to that, I say Praise the Lord!
Life is full of hope. At the end of the day, we know that life can only be overcome by the amazing promises that we find in the Word of God! God has promised that this life is not all that there is and that we have eternal hope in Christ Jesus. We are told that this world is not our eternal home and that we have a home in heaven where there is no sin, sorrow, or sickness. We know that “our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory” 2 Corinthians 4:17. And to that I say Praise the Lord!
Rev. Wayne Marcus