Randy's Reflections
February 11, 2016, 12:00 AM

Daily Word for Lenten Season - February 11



“Return”

Lent is a time when we can take the opportunity to return to the path set out by our Creator. Lent is a time to change direction and return to the road of holiness. A true road, which God lays out for us each day.

Prayer: Lord, help me to change direction in my thoughts, in my words, and in my actions when I go astray.
Help me to return to you and your way in my life this day. Amen.


 




February 10, 2016, 12:00 AM

Daily Word for Lenten season ~ February 10



Beginning Ash Wednesday, Pastor Randy will share a Daily Word for the Lenten Season

“Dust"
Tonight is the first night of a forty day journey. As we listen to the prophet Joel and hear from Paul in

2 Corinthians, we are again reminded that our time on earth is fleeting. Though we began from Dust, and to Dust we will return, our life can be full of wonder and joy when we travel with Jesus. Notice the beauty around you and know this all came from dust.

Prayer: Lord, help us to remember that you made the grass, the flowers and the stars. Let us give thanks for each breath we take this day. Thank you Lord for life.




January 31, 2016, 1:35 AM

February's Reflection on Love


As the month of love, Valentine’s Day being the fourteenth, and Lent, the six week period  before Easter, coincide, it is appropriate for us to ask how our walk with God is connected to love – His love for us and our love for each other.

During Lent we take time to examine our relationship with God.  We not only have an opportunity to affirm our belief in the Lover of the Universe, but we can also seek a closer connection, a more intimate walk, with the Author of our creation.

This Lent I hope we also can consider how we, as a church, are growing and causing others to grow – to walk more closely in their faith, their love of God and of each other. I recently ran across this quote “The mark of an effective church is not how many people come, but how many people live differently as a result of having been there.” I would like to add to this quote the phrase, “how many people live and love differently as a result.”

Are those of us, who belong to the JKPC family, living and loving differently as a result of being at JKPC? I am always reminded of the importance of God’s call to love when I read 1 John 4: 7 & 8, “Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.”

How can we be sure we are taking steps to make this a reality? How do we love others in a way that matches God’s call for us to love them? Maybe most importantly, how do we become a church that calls, encourages, and guides others in loving those around them?

First, let us remind each other that God is the creator of everyone in this world.  Psalm 8:5 says, “You have made them (David is speaking of humankind here) a little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honor.” There is no one who was not created by God. If we are all God’s creation, made with loving hands, how can we decide who we should love and who we shouldn’t?

Secondly, I think all of us need to be reminded that God has shown his love through Jesus, his son. Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice for us when He died for us. In John 15: 13 Jesus says, “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” Jesus laid down His life for each of us. Jesus bought us salvation by sacrificing himself for us. Jesus loved and still loves us. And since Jesus and God the Father are one, God loves all of us as well.

Thirdly, we don’t need to die for others, Jesus has already done that, but sometimes we do need to sacrifice our agenda for others.  Sometimes we need to seek new ways we can show others our love by doing not what we want to do, but by doing what they would like us to do.

When was the last time you stopped going down the grocery aisle to help someone who was obviously looking for something they couldn’t find? When was the last time you pulled your car over because you saw someone who needed help to cross the street? When was the last time that you stopped talking so you could listen to someone else speak, even though you had the perfect answer for their problem?

We need to remember that our agenda is not the only agenda in the world and that sometimes we need to hold our agenda lightly so we can show someone that they are more important than our need to get something done.  Let us live, and love, differently not because we are part of the JKPC family, but because God is our Lord and the example of what it means to love others, even to the point of sacrifice.

Learning to love with you,

Pastor Randy