A Message from our Pastor

      

“And Jesus said to him, ‘If you can’! All things are possible for one who believes.’”Mark 9:23

 “We are saved by faith alone, but the faith that saves is never alone.” Martin Luther       

          Happy 500 Years of the Reformation! It was on October 31, 1517 when Martin Luther nailed the 95 thesis to the door of the Church at Wittenburg, exposing the church’s sins, and seeking for religion to be more than just for priests and Popes. He sought that by faith, and faith alone, all people would be saved and that by faith there is unity in Christ. We, as Protestant Christians, whether Lutheran, United Methodist, Calvinist, or Church of England have sought to live by this saving faith in saving grace, as Luther and those church leaders who came after him, envisioned it.

          This faith we live is a faith that bolsters us to live for Jesus daily. In him we are saved by grace to live faith that, in Christ in our hearts and lives, all things are possible. Jesus was once witness to a boy who was wild and flung himself into the fire and screamed and yelled. The boy’s father asked for Jesus to heal the boy and Jesus replied. “If you can’! All things are possible for one who believes.” And the father replied, “I believe. Help my unbelief.” In faith we are alive in Christ and in Christ we live faith that shows this life. All things are possible. This doesn’t mean that we will always get what we ask for, but it means that we seek what is best from God in faith and pray that God will give us what we need to live faithfully. Saving faith is faith that shows us where Christ leads us and we follow, not knowing where that may lead, but trusting in God through Christ that where it leads will be fruitful and possible in Jesus.

          Jesus helps our unbelief when we rely on his grace for our lives. If you and I would but live this way how much more could we accomplish for Christ! But in our world this is not easy. Sometimes, with all the violence, all the greed, all the apathy and evil and sin that we witness, experience, and, yes, even live in our own lives, it is difficult to live this saving faith. But it is not impossible. We just need to look to Christ in the struggle, as Luther did, and follow where he leads us in faith.

          May you know peace in God as you trust in Christ in saving faith daily. Seek his life and make all things possible in Jesus so that living faith you, and brothers and sisters around the world, can be united in Jesus to live this faith and change the world!

                                                             Peace and Blessings

                                                                    Pastor Jim