Thoughts for 2022

A Thought or Two for the Week (May 22 – 28) :

I was told that the Department of Highways would soon be patching the rough spots in our road. This happens every spring after the winter frost found weaknesses in the pavement. Something similar is true in our spiritual life.

Early in our faith we probably thought we would reach a time of maturity. Using that comparison, I must confess, I am still “under construction.” Sometimes, I feel a bit frustrated about my lack of progress. But Hebrews 10 gives us all an amazing promise. Verse 14 says, “For by one sacrifice He has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.” Jesus’ work on the Cross has already saved us. In God’s eyes we are finished. But paradoxically, we are being shaped into His likeness, still “being made holy.” Courage! Keep on driving the car down the road of faith in Jesus!

Blessings to you and yours this week.

Pastor Leon

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A Thought or Two for the Week (May 15 – 21) :

Some might say we are living in troubling times, In such times, there may be an enticement to develop a worrying spirit, and all that goes with such a negative view of life. We may find ourselves alternating between despair and hope, doubt and faith. We need to remember however, that God does not expect us to have all the answers. Rather, He wants us to come to Him with our questions.

The journey of Job affirms that we are to go to God with our questions, and we learn that although we may not understand; it all comes from God’s hand, and we can trust the Lord to do what is best(13:15; 19:25-27). The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised”(l :21),

Blessings to you and yours this week.

Pastor Leon

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A Thought or Two for the Week (May 1 – 7):

Living in this “hurry-up world,” much of life is still taken up with waiting. At this time of year, many are waiting to see how much, if any, we will have to pay the tax man. In all cases, waiting is difficult. God’s solution: “Wait awhile and see what I will do.”

One author indicates that waiting is one of God’s best teachers of the art of peaceful living. We wait while God works in us and for us. And we soon discover that it is in the waiting that we develop endurance, the ability to trust God’s love and goodness, even when things are not going our way. We need to remember in our waiting, that God is always at work.

The psalmist phrases it: “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him”(Psalm 37:7).

Isaiah reminds us: “They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up on the wings of eagles, They shall run and not grow weary, They shall walk and not fall down.”(lsaiah 40:30-31)

Blessings to you and your this week.

Pastor Leon

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A Thought or Two for the Week (April 24 – 30):

In Psalm 149, the Lord encouraged His people to join together and sing a new song(vs.l). And He calls us to worship Him with dancing and music. Why? Because the Lord delights in His people; he crowns the humble with victory(vs.4).

I am reminded of the story of 14 year old C.J. who would hop off the bus each afternoon and dance down his driveway. His mom recorded and shared C.J’s afternoon boogie time. He danced because he enjoyed life and he enjoyed making people happy with every move. One day two garbage collectors took time out of their busy work schedule to stomp, spin, and sway with the young boy who inspired them with his joy. And they told C.J. “you have brightened our day. Keep up the good work.” Joy comes in many forms, let’s spread it around.

St. Paul encourages us in 1 Thessalonians; “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks for this the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

Blessings to you and your this week.

Pastor Leon

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A Thought or Two for the Week (April 17 – 23):

If we were asked to describe Easter using only exclamation marks, what would they be? Perhaps Easter is a comma. It makes us stop, pause, and think a bit. Perhaps the day comes up short. You thought you would be excited, but you are kind of down? For the disciples it was a question mark. Where is He? The guards are gone. The stone is rolled away. He is not there. And as they questioned, an angel speaks and says: “Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here He is risen. Remember how He spoke to you a while ago, saying the Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and how He must be crucified, and the third day He must rise again.” Well, of course, they remembered! The periods are gone. The question marks are gone. There is one massive exclamation mark!

That is what Easter is all about…an exclamation of gratitude and praise for the resurrection of Jesus Christ, and for the salvation His victory over death brought to us.

Blessings to you and yours on this Easter Sunday morning and in the coming days.

Pastor Leon

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A Thought or Two: Good Friday

General Wellington commanded the victorious forces which defeated Napoleon at the battle of Waterloo. A series of stations had been established to reach across the channel, sending flag messages in code to England. The message to be sent was: “Wellington defeated Napoleon at Waterloo.” Fog set in and interrupted the message. It came across the channel as “Wellington Defeated.” Initially, the word spread quickly in England, and the people were downcast. Then the fog lifted, and the full message came across the channel: “Wellington Defeated Napoleon at Waterloo.”

The same is true today. When many people look at what happened on Good Friday, the death of Jesus, they see only defeat. Yet, at the resurrection, God’s message was completed. The resurrection spells victory for evermore.

As St. Paul put in 1 Cor. 15: “Death is swallowed up in victory. O death where is your sting? O grave where is your victory? The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Blessings to you and yours.

Pastor Leon

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A Thought or Two for the Week (April 10 – 16):

Helen is a very special lady. One word comes to mind when I think of her: ]Peace’. The quiet restful expression on her face seldom changed during the long ordeal of being with her husband as he fought a rare disease. When asked the secret of her peace, she said: “It is not a secret, it’s a person. It is Jesus in me. There is no other way I can explain the quietness I feel in the midst of this storm, than Jesus.”

Our blessed Lord wants us all to have this same peace in all circumstances. Jesus is clear in this: “Peace I leave with you; not as the world gives, do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. In this world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world. For He Himself is our peace.(John 14:27, John 16:33, Ephesians 2:14).

In this world of “unpeace” let us claim the peace of Jesus every moment of every day, regardless of circumstances. All we have to do is ask.

Blessings to you and yours.

Pastor Leon

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A Thought or Two for the Week (April 3 – 9):

When missionary Lilias Trotter looked out her window shortly before she died, she saw a vision of a heavenly chariot. A friend asked her: “Do you see many beautiful things?” She answered: “Yes many beautiful things.” Her final words reflected God’s work in her life, as the Lord has revealed many beautiful things to her over the span of her days in missionary work. Although a very talented artist with great potential, Lilias chose to serve the Lord in the mission field.

John Ruskin, a famous painter who had tutored her, said upon learning of her death: “What waste, that she chose such work over a lucrative painting career.” Ruskin did not understand that when Lilias chose to serve the Lord as she was called, she chose the most beautiful experience on earth, as she knew the Lord was with her, and she was living according to His will for her life.

Similarly, when a woman poured an expensive flash of perfume over Jesus’s head, they all said: “What a waste.” However, the Lord commended her devotion and He said: “She has done something beautiful for Me.”

Blessings to you and yours

Pastor Leon

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A Thought or Two for the Week (March 27 – April 2):

A number of years ago in the movie ‘The King’s Speech’, cast before the outbreak of the 2nd World War, King George the 5th unexpectedly became monarch when he brother Edward abandoned the throne. It was important that the people of England have a strong word of encouragement from the throne at that time. The problem however, for the new king, was his tendency to stutter when he became nervous. His wife patiently came to the rescue during those tense times, with her calm support and constant words and acts of encouragement.

Rev. Dr. Harold Mitton emphasized on many occasions in our pastoral ministry classes the great need for all Christians to be great encouragers. Indeed, the bible highlights the stories of encouragers. Moses had Aaron and Hur’s support (Exodus 17:8-16). Elizabeth encouraged Mary (Luke 1:42-45). St. Paul needed the support of Barnabas, whose name literally means ‘son of encouragement’.

Let us be encouragers to others in these trying times. ‘Encourage one another and build each other up.’  (l Thessalonians 5:11).

Blessings to you and yours

Pastor Leon

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A Thought or Two for the Week (March 20 – 26):

We are surely living in troubling times. One lady was living in her personal troubling times, with a drug addiction. Her best friend in life was her twin sister. Unfortunately, her sister observed, and was influenced by her addiction, and she too became enslaved to drugs. When her older sister saw what had happened to her younger sibling, she was simply overcome with guilt for the part she had in her younger sister’s troubles. That realization was a life changing “Kairos moment” in her life that propelled her to a determination to get clean of drugs, and help her little sister do the same. After a period of trial, and struggle, the older sister was free at last, and she than wanted to help others. So, she started to write notes of encouragements to her friends. She would stick notes on car doors and windows, and light poles. One of her notes concluded with these words: “Much love. Hope sent. Always on tap! This young lady was a living example of the scripture: “And hope does not put us to shame, because of the love of God has been poured out in our heart through the Holy Spirit give to us”(Romans 5:5).

Blessings to all

Pastor Leon