According to many church calendars, we are now into the Season of Epiphany, which begins on the twelfth day of Christmas, and this year was celebrated on January 6th. Traditionally, this is the day when many Christians take down Christmas decorations, and marks the end of the Christmas Season. Epiphany ends on the first day of Lent, which this year will fall on February 12th. As the first season of the calendar year, Epiphany provides us with the opportunity to renew our faith and focus on new beginnings. I hope that each of us will approach 2018 with the challenge from Philippians 2:5:"In

your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus."

Fred Hoskins, Pastor

       The words of familiar hymns often bring a sense of urgency to live a committed Christian life. "Make me a blessing Lord, O Savior I pray. Make me a blessing to someone today." The Lord wants us to be an example - to be conduits of His love and grace to a hurting and sinful world. One of the most effective ways we can do that is to conduct ourselves in such a way that those around us can witness the committment of our faith. "Don't tell me what you believe, I can tell what you believe by what you do and how you act." Commentator Paul Harvey once said, "If you don't live it, you really don't believe it." Make us a blessing Lord, to someone today. 

       As Christians, when we say "I believe", I wonder how often we give serious thought to what we are really saying. Often, the first thought that comes to mind is John 3:16 "....for whosoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life." But saying "I believe" carries with it much more far-reaching implications than just redemption and heaven. If you believe in Jesus, you must also believe in His teachings and commandments. You see, Christianity is a package deal, you can't just take part of it, you must take it all. The committment is both sobering and challenging. As spring approaches and we experience new life around us, let's take a moment to put new life in our Christian committment.

 

Fred Hoskins, Pastor

       One of the most significant features of Greco-Roman architecture is the use of arches, which were very difficult

to build. Architects of the day discovered that the integrity of an arch was dependent on the capstone - the stone that

was placed in the top-center position. If the capstone was not sound and placed properly, the whole structure would

fail. By the same token, our faith will crumble if its capstone is not properly in place. As Christians, the capstone of

our faith is Jesus. If Jesus is not in the top-center position in our faith, then nothing else matters. As members of

Christ's church, we need to re-examine the structure of our faith, and make certain the capstone is in the top-center position.

Fred Hoskins, Pastor