As I began to think about my column this month many thoughts went through my mind. I had thought I would perhaps write a typical Thanksgiving message.
In a way, that’s what I am doing. I am thankful for the Great Commission that Christ gave the Church. If you would like to read that Commission it is found in Matthew 28:16-20 where Jesus said, “Go and make disciples.”
But, how exactly do we do tha?. First, we love one another as He
has loved us. Second, we must Go and Share.
How did Jesus make so many converts? He was humble, he fed the hungry and offered forgiveness. I would also suggest that the church needs to GO and TELL.
A contemporary Christian song begins this way, “I’m NOBODY trying to tell EVERYBODY about SOMEONE who saved my soul.
That’s the Church…..show and tell. Who have I told lately about the Good News of Jesus Christ? Not nearly as many as I should. But the showing is different.
Can others see Jesus through us? Through my words and actions? If not, that simply means we are flawed children of God. It means we are real.
As we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving can others see Jesus in us? Do we put our faith out there for everyone to see or do we hide it under a bushel, as the song says.
The challenge of the Church is to tell others about SOMEBODY (Jesus) who
loves ALL of us so much He thought we were to die for. Jesus started with a
crew of fishermen who weren’t very religious. So will you be a fisher for Christ?
Because of the work Lakeview is doing in west Lincoln, we have been awarded a grant from the Nebraska United Methodist Foundation in the amount of $3,500. This money is earmarked for our local mission efforts and will certainly meet the needs of many families and children. Also, thanks to our awesome Outreach team and our chair, Bev Hulsebusch. This is one of the benefits of being part of such a strong connectional system through the United Methodist Church.
Pastor Ray is looking for 12 persons to help in a new ministry called “2×2”.
These 12 individuals will break into six teams to canvas the Lakeview area offering a simple letter of invitation along with some of the ministries we offer such as the Free Meals, Children’s Church and more.
Of course, we would love to have more teams to cover a broader area.
We would like to begin on August 10 or sooner. The goal is to complete the canvas before Labor Day.
Talk to Pastor if you are interested.
I’m not sure where the summer has gone. Seems like yesterday we were clearing snow. When you are having a good time the calendar seems to go
quicker. And I have had, and am having, a great time serving this wonderful, vibrant and invested church.
The last five years have indeed flown. Now God takes us into the future with many unknowns. None of us knows what tomorrow will bring. Surely some joy and some sorrow.
As I look back we have been faithful in serving God’s church, not only in Lincoln but far beyond. We have never failed to contribute fully to the mission.
Shares (formerly known as apportionments, a term I prefer). That’s because there is a portion for us and a portion for the church word wide. What awaits us in service to God’s children?
Whatever it is, I know we will rise up and do our share to meet the need of the lonely, the sick, the dying, the families in grief, the little children and the children within each of us. This is God’s church as we are honored to be part of that work.
“Well done good and faithful servant.” Matthew 25:23.
Sign-up now for a fun filled evening at the Ball Park. The Salt Dogs will face off against the Kansas City T-Bones on Friday, August 2 at 7:00 p.m. This is also Fireworks Friday. Tickets are just $10.00 each. If using a check make sure to mark it BASEBALL. In case of rain we will reschedule another night.
On the first Sunday of July five years ago July 7 I began my ministry with you. Notice I did not say “my ministry to you.”
That’s because ministry is always a joint effort between the laity and the clergy. On that first Sunday I stood in the pulpit and looked at 17 dedicated servants of God. Today you are getting close to 60 persons. How did that happen?
It happened because you love the Lord first and you also love His people. But more importantly you are feeding the hungry, you are providing clothing and other essentials to persons in need. Today, you even offer Live Streaming for persons unable to attend in person.
I have seen you give extra food, money, and mostly your love to people you have never seen before. Just what if one of those persons were Jesus? “Whatever you did to the least of these, you do it also unto me.
I am proud to be your pastor and I look forward to more years of service with you.
At Lakeview we take seriously the words of Jesus, “Whatever you do to the least of these, my brothers and sisters you do also unto me.” Matthew 25:40. It is our goal to have open doors, open hearts and open minds. We remember that Jesus told the disciples, “You give them something to eat.”
We provide a nutrious meal to anyone who is hungry or just needs some fellowship on the last Thursday of each month from 5-7 p.m. As long as there is one hungry person we will be there, not only to offer physical food, but a kind and welcoming hand.
Pastor Ray would like to start a small pantry which would include soups, pasta, canned vegitables, etc. Non perishable items only.
Congratulations to Jonathan Jenkins on his graduation from Lincoln High Jonathan plans to continue his education at SEC.
As I think about what I might say to you in this brief article, there are a number of things that rush into my mind. Yet, one thing keeps crowding out everthing else.
That one thing is the war we are fighting with evil. The evil I am talking about isn’t a foreign army or terrorists. This evil is about a battle for the hearts and minds of people. People are not inherintly evil. People are not born to commit murder, rape, selling drugs to children, etc.
Every person is created by God and what God creates is good. So, what happened? Well, it’s the enemy of God, and we can choose to be bystanders or join in that fight for our families, our children, and our souls. If the Church of God does not rise up, then who will?
We cannot allow eveil to have our families our children and our lives. Prayer is the most powerful weapon we have, so let’s all pray without ceasing. And let us show the world that love is more powerful than evil.
As I think about what I might say to you in this article, Psalm 97:10 keeps coming to me. It simply, but powerfully, says, “You who love the Lord, hate evil.” What we have in this world today is too much hatred and not enough love. As Jackie DeShannon sings, “What the world needs now is love, sweet love. It’s the one thing we have too little of.”
I believe in the power of God, as I am sure you do, but I also believe in the power of evil. But love always conquers evil. It is the antidote for evil.
You cannot open the morning paper or turn on the television without reading of shootings, high speed chases, child abuse, and a host of other things. It is easy to blame it on gangs, which does play a part, but mostly it is just plain evil. What can I, or we do, you might ask. First and foremost, we have to love the unlovable, we have to shine a light in the darkness. We have to let people know that God cares for them and so do we. Show love to those whom love is a stranger. AND PRAY WITHOUT CEASING. God is great.