Monday, July 20, 2009

New Word from Pastor Stan

Greetings from Rhode Island, USA!

I am back in the area where I grew up. Not far from this site is the high school I went to. Very close to the place were I first got kissed. We are down the street from my old friend Jim and his wife. It is ‘wicked’ being here!

Please don’t worry! That word is common here meaning ‘very good’! Different places have different words with way different means. Isn’t that wicked?

The one thing that does not change is the POWER of the Word of God. The power of a changed life!

As I looked out over the group I was worshiping with this morning, I was reminded of the wonderful fact that we are all in the same boat. We all have to deal with our sin the same way. It HAS to be though the Blood of Jesus. That is because we were wicked.

That is not a regional expression. “We all have sinned and have fallen far short of the Glory of God.” What do we do with this information? We act on it.

We come to God in prayer. Prayer or talking to God is not all that hard. We get more and more use to that when our relationship gets better and closer. We tell Him that we know we are wicked. Really wicked. Our sin caused Him to go to the Cross to begin with. We need to express that we are sorry for our sins. The need to understand how bad we are comes in here. We then ask Him to forgive us for those sins and for the sins we will fall into. He hears the prayer of a repenting sinner. He then takes those sins and removes them from our lives. Removes them from His memory and sends them away—as far as the east is from the west and they are not there any more. Just His love.

Ask Jesus to come into your life and make Himself known by His Holy Spirit. His Spirit will seal you with His love forever. His Spirit will teach you how to live a life that He wants you to live.

That, my friend, is wonderfully great! We are now forgiven! Able to now have fellowship with our Creator and His Son and Holy Spirit.

Wicked? I don’t feel comfortable giving that word to this situation. But it is great beyond words!

If you have done this, if you have asked Jesus into your heart, please let me know.

May His Grace fill you.