Message for November 1, 2015 from Pastor Jerry

“So I sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found none.” Ezekiel 22:30 (NKJV)

        There are times when all of us are tempted to see ourselves as someone who doesn’t matter much in the larger scheme of life.  I have heard several people comment that their vote won’t matter in the election so why vote?  I am not suggesting who one  should vote for, but I am saying that you have a duty as a citizen to go vote.  People in other countries hold the right to vote so highly they risk their lives to vote.  They believe they will make a difference when they do.  Voting is one of the rights we as Americans have that many citizens take for granted.  Go vote as a Christian, not as a Republican or a Democrat, but as child of God.

        Now that I have said that, I will talk about what I really see as important.  You are important as a person, as a child of God, and as a member of this church.  Yes, you make a difference with your attendance, your help, and your giving.  So don’t count yourself out because you think you are not important.  In the eyes of God you are the most important member of this church.

        When we begin to feel like we don’t make any difference we fall into the verse at the top of this page.  God says that one man could save the land but no one was willing.  How about it?  Pick up the banner and take your place in the Kingdom and let God take care of what you do.  Make a decision to join the “good fight.”

        I have had a battle lately in the mind and body.  I confess I gave in to the taunting of Satan for a short while.  In doing so I wanted to quit and fade away.  I did not feel needed anymore because I cannot do all the things I once could.  But, God and a very precious helpmate stood by and showed me what my strength is.  Preaching and teaching I can still do and loving people and being there for them I am able.

        God reminded me that I may not be able to change the world by myself but I can make a difference where I am.  God’s grace can change the world and that is the grace I preach.  The increase is up to Him.  Are you making your mark where you are?  Just do it.

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