Pastor’s Note Feb 9th

“27 The people were all so amazed that they asked each other,
“What is this? A new teaching—and with authority!
 He even gives orders to impure spirits and they obey him.” 
28 News about him spread quickly over the whole region of Galilee.”
(Mark 1:27, 28 NIV)
I am writing you this note on February 9 which means that a new month has started in our Gospel Challenge and we are reading the second Gospel, the Gospel of Mark during the month of February.
If you don’t remember, throughout the year, we are reading the 4 Gospels, one Gospel each month. That means in the second month of the year we are reading the second Gospel, the Gospel of Mark. The good thing about Mark is that it is a short book with only 16 chapters so if you haven’t started, you have plenty of days to catch-up, even during the short month of February.
Now don’t just power your way through each Gospel. On days when you can take a bit more time, let the stories of Jesus sink in. Be amazed at His actions and His words. Imagine yourself as an onlooker, seeing and hearing Jesus. Listen for something new that you can learn about Him.
Maybe, as we are amazed at what we are learning about Jesus, news about Him will spread over the whole region of Lakeside and East County from our Jesus encounters. Let’s see what Jesus will do as we read about His life throughout 2022.

Pastor’s Note, February 4

“Trust in the Lord, and do good; so you will live in the land and enjoy security. Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him and He will act.”
Psalm 37:3-5 (NRSV)
The calendar month of February is a month where we delight in several things:
  •  We delight in our love for others as we celebrate Valentine’s Day
  •  We delight and celebrate President’s Day and the leadership that these past presidents of our country have provided.
  •  We delight and remember the accomplishments of our African American brothers and sisters who have contributed to the good of our country.
  •  We delight in the fac that Spring is just around the corner and warmer days will follow.
Delighting in something is to take great pleasure in it.  The Scriptures remind us that we are to “delight in the Lord” and as we do this, our hearts desires will be fulfilled.  The interesting thing is that as we delight in the lord, as we read His Word, as we meditate on it, our hearts become more in tune with God’s heart. We want to do what God wants.
So for this month, delight yourself in the Lord. Trust in Him, do good and the desires of your heart will be fulfilled.