From Your Pastor

January 16, 2022

Dear Grace Family and Friends,

Dear Grace Family and Friends,

It’s time for our annual January Revival Meetings and I am excited to be here.  The past year has been “testy” at best.  I think we’re all tired of COVID and its threat.  And if we’re honest, most must admit that “the distraction” has stolen much of our joy.  That’s never a good thing.  According to Nehemiah 8:10, “the joy of the Lord is our strength.”  We need strength daily to withstand the attacks of the wicked one.  So we need God’s joy to be fully restored.  Revival will do just that, which is why I challenged us all last Sunday to spend time praying that God would “revive us again.”  That’s not to imply we’re steeped in wickedness and debauchery.  That clearly isn’t the case.  But even subtle sins hinder our fellowship with God.  And that limits His blessing.  That’s reason enough to recognize any sin or disobedience and turn from it, which will produce a true spiritual awakening for sure.  I can’t speak for you but that sounds very appealing to me.  The question is, “Have we done it?”  Have we spent time in prayer; searching our hearts and minds to identify anything and everything there that may dishonor God?  If so, we should expect God to do a mighty work in and through us.  If not, it’s not too late.  In reality, that should be part of our daily routine.  We all have blind spots and see ourselves through “rose colored glasses” many times.  We need to see clearly to realize our full potential.  So we need to regularly be evaluating our lives against God’s Word.  As we do, He’ll identify areas of concern.  Let’s make that a priority this week and trust God with the results.  We won’t be disappointed.  I love you and am honored to be your Pastor.  God bless you all!

Pastor Bill