September 17, 2017
Dear Grace Family and Friends,
What a week! I’m amazed at the passion with which we prepared for Hurricane Irma. I’m not being critical but some have it down to a science. We stock up on just the right things to be able to “weather the storm” even though it’s not certain the storm will ever affect us. I suspect more bottled water was sold this past week in the CSRA than during any other previous month. It makes sense as water is essential to our survival. While some were without power for longer than they liked, the damage from the storm was minimal in our area compared to what Florida experienced. How different might our community be if we were as passionate about preparing for Jesus’ return as we were about this storm’s arrival? How many people might have been saved this past week if we’d been as proactive in warning others of the danger of being unprepared for Christ’s return as we were in warning of being unprepared for the storm? Ironically, the storm was entirely unpredictable. Jesus’ return is an absolute certainty. Jesus said, “I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also,” John 14:2-3. Sure He said that long ago and nothing has changed. But He did say it, and God’s Words are true. Jesus is coming again! When He comes, we’d better be ready or we’ll be left behind. That’s not an acceptable alternative. Those unprepared will most assuredly spend the rest of eternity separated from God and good. Yet the preparation is so simple. We need to admit our sin and our need for a Savior. Then we must confess that Jesus is the Savior who offers forgiveness and cleansing to all who will receive it by faith. Have you? If not, don’t leave here today without doing so. I love you and am honored to be your Pastor. God bless you!