Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Pull Out the Salt Shakers

Pull Out the Salt Shakers

As we go about our week, let me bring your attention to the book of Colossians.
“Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.”    Colossians 4:2-6

This past weekend, many from our church participated in the Backyard Mission Trip. There were over 135 homes impacted in Hancock County. Here is a comment from one of the homes we worked at:
“Thank you to all the volunteers who donated the time, labor, and money that it took to make the 2013 Backyard Mission Trip a great success. Two and a half years ago my husband had a major Stroke that left him unable to care for our home. So many projects were being neglected. Enter the First Church of The Nazarene, to our rescue! Thanks to Drew Aukerman for bringing a great group of workers to our home. In no time, from seniors to youth they accomplished all the tasks and more that I had requested. Special thanks to Lowes and Performance Construction. My burdens are much lighter because I live in a great Christian community. Thank you Judge Fry for spearheading this huge effort.”

Go to our facebook page and check out many pictures of the teams in action. This is where we are making the most of every opportunity and seasoning our community with salt. For that family and many others, the door for the message of Jesus Christ has been opened. It is out of the love God has given us that we are able to attract others to a life worth living in Jesus.

Tomorrow is National Day of Prayer. Many from our church are participating in the Bible reading and prayer at Dorney Plaza. From Sunday to Thursday we will have read through the whole Bible downtown by the courthouse. It is good to spend time with our brothers and sisters standing strong in the name of the Lord and devoting ourselves to prayer. The church sanctuary will be open from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. if you would like to come to a quiet place to pray. Join us for the prayer rally at 7:00 p.m. tomorrow at The Lighthouse (10055 SR 224 W).

Many great things are happening as we are rich toward God with our time, resources, and love. I look forward to reporting more God sightings in the weeks ahead as we are generous toward others.

May your conversation the rest of this week be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, and prepared to give an answer to the hope people are looking for.

Joy in Jesus!

Pastor Mike

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