From the Pastor's DeskMy prayer is that as we lean toward the end of this year, that we will live in light of the overwhelming reasons to be thankful by increasing our level of commitment to the Kingdom's cause in and through our local church. All that God has done for us is an act of grace, which alone should prompt us to serve Him with the totality of our being.
I want to thank you for your continued support and wonderful response to the challenges that have been laid before you in the last couple of weeks. Your support has warmed my heart and has made me godly proud to be able to say that I pastor such a wonderful congregation. My prayer is that we remain cognizant of how faithful our God truly is to us and remain thankful in all circumstances.
A preacher going to a country church one Sunday morning, was overtaken by a deacon who remarked, "What a bitterly cold morning, sir. I am sorry the weather is so wintry." "Oh," replied the minister, "I was just thanking God for keeping His Word." The man stared at him. "What do you mean?" he asked. "Well, over three thousand years ago God promised that cold and heat should not cease, so I am strengthened by this weather to emphasize the sureness of His promises."
1 Thessalonians 5: 18 declares, "In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you." When our hope is in the Lord, we can rejoice no matter what life throws our way. In fact, because we know Jesus, we can GREATLY rejoice in all circumstances. That type of gratitude goes beyond thanksgiving; thanksgiving is gratitude FOR everything, but “thanks living” is gratitude IN everything. Only the hope of Jesus can allow us to have that type of gratitude in ALL circumstances. So, my prayer for each of you will realize that there's at least one reason to be thankful in every circumstance. I look forward to seeing you in worship this entire month at NMCBC, where we are joyfully and thankfully, "Building Relationships One Day At A Time." Grace and peace be unto you until we meet again.
Rev. Christopher C. Moore