Pastor’s Note 12-1-21

As we quickly close out the month of giving thanks and enter the season of giving, we begin the hustle of purchasing things to give.  We go seeking to find that perfect gift.

 

While we prepare for the time of exchanging gifts with our family and friends, we hand out gifts from a store that will fade into obscurity.  Those gifts that once shone with splendor, will one day cease to shine.  There are some gifts that will find their way to the local trash pile or the local Goodwill store.  We give gifts that will soon have no meaning or purpose and that was never our intent, but time has a way of doing that to things. 

 

James 1:17 (ISV) says; “Every good and perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father who made the heavenly lights…….”

 

There are several timeless gifts that have been freely given to mankind from the Creator of all things.  The gifts of grace, mercy, love, joy, peace, healing, deliverance, forgiveness, freedom, faith, and miracles.  All of these gifts didn’t come from a store, nicely wrapped in box, but these priceless gifts have been bestowed upon us from God alone.  

 

The God of all creation, wrapped himself in flesh and dwelt among us.  He came to a stable in Bethlehem, wrapped in swaddling clothes.  He gave the greatest gift of all, “Himself.”  He is the perfect gift.

 

Pastor Hatter


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Pastor’s Note 11-1-21

God never promised an easy life or days without troubles, trials, difficulties, and temptations.  He never promised that life will be perfect.  He does not call His children to a playground, but to a battleground.

 

Be like the apostle Paul and say, “None of these things move me.”  Few men suffered as Paul did, yet he learned to live above his circumstances, even in a prison cell. You can do the same.  Refuse to allow circumstances to get you down.  The Bible says in Colossians 3:15; “And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also you are called in one body; and be thankful.

 

Believe it or not, being thankful is the path to peace.  Paul said, in Philippians 3:6-7; “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.  And the peace of God which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”  

 

Taking the attitude of thankfulness in all of life’s circumstances will help you react as old Matthew Henry did when he was mugged.  He wrote in his diary, “Let me be thankful first because I was never robbed before; second, although they took my purse, they did not take my life; third, because although they took my all, it was not much; and fourth, because it was I who was robbed, not I who robbed.”  

 

Can you have that kind of thankful attitude that brings such peace?  

 

Pastor Hatter


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A Letter From Pastor 10-3-21

A new season is upon us, it is obvious, you can sense it and see it. The change that we feel in the air and the change that we see with our eyes is telling us a lot about our Creator. The most notable thing about autumn is what we see before the winter season begins. Our God saves His best work for last. Each season brings something different. Spring time brings forth new blossoms of life, that are fulfilled with flowers of maturity in the summer time. Then with a spectacular display of every color imaginable our eyes capture the beauty, that our Creator allows us to see, before the winter season begins.

 

On the calendar, we all go through the same season together, but in life we all go through different seasons at different times. Every season differs from the last. Some seasons are like winter, dark and cold. Other seasons are like spring, it brings forth new life and new beginnings. As we go through different seasons of life, it brings about a maturity that will help us grow.

 

We seem to think that our younger years were some of our best years, but I have found that God withholds His greatest blessings for the latter times of our life. The longer I live I have found Him to be faithful to those that have weathered the storms of life, and have remained faithful until the very end. The older I get the more I gain understanding about the grace and mercy of God. My knowledge, earlier in life, does not compare to what I know now. I am becoming increasingly aware of the depths of God’s mercy and love towards myself and others.

 

Our best days are ahead of us. The Bible says, “The glory of the latter house shall be greater than the former.” Just hold on until the glorious return of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. What we see here on earth, the beauty and splendor of it all, will not compare to what He has in store for us in heaven. It will be spectacular. It will be glorious. We are living in the last days, and God is saving His best for last!

 

Pastor Hatter


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