From the Pastor’s Desk

Are You Ready For 2020?

2019 has come and gone and we are now starting a new year of 2020.   As we move into a new year, I’d like to ask the question, “Are you ready for 2020?”  As we think about this, I’d like to take just a few moments to look back at 2019 and ahead to 2020.  Let’s start in the Old Testament Book of Lamentations, chapter 3 verses 22-23 which read, “Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not.  They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.” (NKJV)  For believers, as we look back over the past year, we can see God’s faithfulness to us and as we venture into 2020, He will remain faithful to us just as He has in the past.  While we may not know what this year holds, God does and He will see us through it.  Remember, God is already in 2020 and He urges us to walk by faith and allow Him to lead us.  His faithfulness is renewed every morning and it is just like the sun that comes up. Those who have trusted Christ for their salvation should ask themselves two questions every morning, “How can I be used of You today?’ and “How can I be a blessing to someone else today?”   God also wants to lead us as we walk by faith.  Proverbs 3:5-6 put it this way, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” (NKJV)  As we consider these verses, I’m reminded of a book written a number of years ago by Col. Robert Scott called “God Is My Co-Pilot” in which he told how God was with him during World War II.  There is no doubt that this story is true, but I’d like to put a little different twist on it in reference to these verses from Proverbs.  If God is your co-pilot, you need to switch seats!  He wants to guide you, not just be in your life in an advisory capacity.  As members of the Body of Christ He is our Head and wants to lead, if we’ll let Him.  That’s what He wants us to see about this new year too.  He will lead if we trust Him to do so and don’t lean on out own understanding.  

Are you ready for 2020?  If you’re in Christ you are, because He may come to catch us away during the year and if not He will still be with us giving us strength and hope.  If you’re not in Him, He is still waiting for you to come to Him and trust in the finished work of Christ on the cross on your behalf.

If you have any questions about how to be saved, or about what we believe,  why not come and visit us on a Sunday morning, we’d love to see you!  If you are looking for a church that preaches the Word of God, rightly divided (or if you want to find out what that means) why not come and check us out?  We would welcome the opportunity to get to know you and fellowship with you around God’s Word and answer any questions you might have.

In His Saving and Abounding Grace,

Pastor Wes Barteck

A Greater Love

During February, we see and hear a lot about love as we celebrate Valentine’s Day.  There is an even greater love that exists in our world, God’s love for us.  This month we want to consider how much did God love us.  Romans 5:8 says, “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”  (NKJV)  While we were still in our sins, living in and doing the very thing that separates us from God in the first place, God showed us how much He loves us by sending Christ to die for us.  Philippians 2:5-8 goes into this more in depth.  It says, “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men.  And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.” (NKJV)  Make no mistake about it – Jesus Christ was God but He came as one of us so that we, by believing in His finished work on the cross, might have eternal life, and so much more.  Christ willingly came because He loved us and gave His life on the cross for all.  The key is believing it – believing that Christ died, was buried and rose again for YOU personally and not just knowing about it.  2 Corinthians 5:21 puts it this way, “For He [God the Father] made Him [Jesus Christ] who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” Christ rook our sins upon Himself and when we believe the gospel of grace, our sins are taken out of our account and replaced with the righteousness of God. Dear unsaved friend, if you are reading these words, please trust Christ for your salvation, it is as easy as that.

If you have any questions about how to be saved, why not come and visit us on a Sunday morning, we’d love to see you!  Please, if you are not saved, do not delay, be saved today by trusting Christ and His work on Calvary on your behalf. God’s message to us is this: I have loved you since time began. Will you be mine?

In His Saving Grace,

Pastor Wes Barteck