April 2022 Pastor’s Perspective

Greetings in the name of Jesus Christ,

March came in like a Lamb, so does that suggest it will go out like a Lion? We do not know, but we will find out in a few days!

What message are we sharing these days? We have opportunities to share Jesus. We are called ambassadors of Christ who may witness of the saving mercy of Jesus Christ.

Now among those who went up to worship at the feast were some Greeks. So these came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and said to him, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” Philip went and told Andrew; Andrew went with Philip and they told Jesus. And Jesus answered them, “The hour has come for the Son of man to be glorified. Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. He who loves his life loses it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. If any one serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there shall my servant be also; if any one serves me, the Father will honor him. Now is my soul troubled. And what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, for this purpose I have come to this hour. Father glorify thy name.” Then a voice came from heaven, “I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again. John 12:20-28

We may witness of the clear and compelling truth Jesus knew why he came, how he would faithfully and obediently offer himself for the salvation of humanity. Jesus knew nothing is more important. We gladly seek to lead everyone into a life-changing relationship with Jesus and live out his glorious salvation!

Because we come out of the divine nature, which chooses to be divine, we must choose to be divine, to be of God, to be one with God, loving and living as he loves and lives, and so be partakers of the divine nature, or we perish. Man cannot originate this life; it must be shown him, and he must choose it. God is the father of Jesus and of us—of every possibility of our being; but while God is the father of his children, Jesus is the father of their sonship. For in him is made the life which is sonship to the Father—the recognition, namely, in fact and life, that the Father has his claim upon his sons and daughters.

We are not and cannot become true sons without our will willing his will, our doing following his making. It was the will of Jesus to be the thing God willed and meant him, that made him the true son of God. He was not the son of God because he could not help it, but because he willed to be in himself the son that he was in the divine idea.

And so with us: we must be the sons we are. We are not made to be what we cannot help being; sons and daughters are not after such fashion! We are sons and daughters in God’s claim; we must be sons and daughters in our will. And we can be sons and daughters, saved into the original necessity and bliss of our being, only by choosing God for the father he is, and doing his will—yielding ourselves true sons to the absolute Father. Therein lies human bliss—only and essential. The working out of this our salvation must be pain, and the handing of it down to them that are below must ever be in pain; but the eternal form of the will of God in and for us, is intensity of bliss. –From Creation in Christ by George MacDonald

Transformed by Jesus, our mission – go make (new) disciples of all nations – we testify of God’s grace toward us! We live and serve that many will be saved and know that Jesus is risen! God loves us and woos us to respond by dying to lies, fears, and failures; living in the truth of Jesus by the power of his Holy Spirit in the fellowship of his Church; not giving up, everyday seeking to lead everyone to Jesus!

God loves you and we love you!

In Jesus, Paul and Nancy Wier

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