Thoughts for 2023

A Thought or Two: October 29 – November 4

We are living in uncertain times; indeed, times of violence, stress and confusion. International tensions and violence are on the rise. And there is an increase in violence on the streets of our nation. King David had his times of violence, stress, and confusion. He turned to the Lord with the following words: “Lord my heart is not haughty, neither do I concern myself with great matters, nor with things too profound for me. Surely, I have quieted and calmed my soul, like a weaned child with his mother; like a weaned child is my soul within me. O Israel, hope in the Lord, from this time forth, and forevermore.”(Psalm 31).

Life’s circumstances change and sometimes we are humbled. Yet we can be hopeful and content, knowing that there is One who understands, who has promised to never leave us(Matthew28:18-20). We can trust Jesus completely.

Blessings to you and yours.

Pastor Leon

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A Thought or Two: October 22 – 28

Bonnie’s mother was battling cancer. One morning when a friend visited Bonnie, she prayed for her mother. Her friend, who had been disabled for years by cerebral palsy, prayed: “Lord, you do everything for me, please do everything for Bonnie’s mom.” Bonnie was deeply moved by her friend’s total dependence on God. Reflecting on the moment, she said, “How often do I acknowledge my dependence on God fr everything? This is something I must do every day.”

Indeed! Every moment we draw a breath is a gift from God, and He wants our lives to be filled with His strength. One writer put it this way: “I need You for everything Lord! Help me to live to serve You. I praise  You for being my Savior and my strength.

Jesus reminds us of this truth, when He said: “Apart from Me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5).

Blessings to you and yours.

Pastor Leon

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A Thought or Two: October 15 – 21

I was looking for a book the other day, in my “rather ill kept” library,” and I came across my grandmother’s bible. I opened it, and leafed through it, as I have done on numerous occasions over the years. It was all marked up with comments etc. Grandma loved her bible, as she loved the Lord. That moment took me back to the days, when I was young, and I would sit by her knee, and listen to her talk about Jesus. Grandma had a stroke, and she was partially paralyzed on her right side, so she spent most of days sitting in her chair by the stove, and reading her bible. Both grandparents lived with us until they went to glory, so it was a full house. But grandma claimed her seat by the stove, and no one challenged her. I will always be thankful for those hours, and her guidance in those days.

As the song writer put it; “Precious memories, how they linger, how they ever flood our souls, in the stillness of the midnight, precious sacred scenes unfold.”

Blessings to you and yours.

Pastor Leon

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A Thought or Two: September 24 -30

Well known pastor author, Charles Swindoll wrote: “The longer I live, the more I am convinced that life is 10 percent of what happens to us, and 90 percent how we respond to it. Supporting this conviction, Swindoll referred to the response of Paul and Silas, as they sat in stocks in prison. Instead of bemoaning their experience, they sang praises to the Lord (Acts 16:25). As a result of this testimony, the jailor and his entire family were saved, and were baptized.

As one poet put it: “In times of great adversity, Resources nearly gone, Through faith in God, a Christian can triumphantly go on.”

Blessings to you and yours this week.

Pastor Leon

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A Thought or Two: September 10 -16

Psycholgists have found that the act of giving can produce satisfaction, which comes to the giver when they see the recipient’s joy. Some experts think that we are wired to be generous.

St. Paul knew this many years ago, as he encouraged the Thessalonican Church to help the weak. Indeed, he cited our blessed Lord’s direction in these things when he said: “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” (Acts 20:35)

This not only applies financially, it applies as well to the giving of our time and effort. When we give, we get a better understanding of how God feels. He freely gives us His love, so let’s pass it on every day.

Blessings to you and yours this week.

Pastor Leon

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A Thought or Two: September 3 -9

We are increasingly living in a world bent in favour of the negative. St. John gives us a great example of encouraging others in his little letter to his “beloved Gaius.” He was not able to be with Gaius in person, so he wrote this little note on parchment, and had it hand delivered by a friend.—much more demanding than sitting in front of our computers and tapping away. Ha!

How important our words and actions of encouragement are to others! I guess the key is not the form, rather that we start with even a moment of time, and let others know that we care for them in ‘Jesus’ name.

Think of the encouragement Gaius experienced when he opened John’s letter. We can similarly shine God’s love on our friends with a thoughtful note, an uplifting call or visit.

Blessings to you and yours this week.

Pastor Leon

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A Thought or Two: January 29 – February 4

In the late 1800s, a familiar sight greeted all of the ships as they sailed into the port of Savannah Georgia. Florence Martus, “The Waving Girl,’ greeted them. She waved her handkerchief during the day and a lantern at night. Today, a statue of Florence and her faithful dog stands in Savannah’s Memorial Park, permanently welcoming incoming vessels.

Is it not true that there is something in a warm welcome that speaks of acceptance? St. Paul urged his readers: “Accept one another then, just as Christ has accepted you, in order to bring praise to God” (Romans 15:17).

Indeed, our acceptance of other people is simply an expression of how Jesus accepts us and loves us.

Blessings to you and yours this week.

Pastor Leon

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A Thought or Two: January 22 – 28

G.K. Chesterton was known for his excellent, insightful writings, and at times, humor.

He wrote the following: “Many people say grace before meals. All right. But I say grace before the play and the opera, and grace before the concert and pantomime, and grace before I open a book, and grace before sketching a painting, swimming, boxing, walking, playing, dancing: and grace before I dip the pen in ink.” In other words, Chesterton was a very thankful man. Actually it appears he was thankful for every moment of every day. In mere mortals, Chesterton had a pretty good example in St. Paul.

The Apostle Paul saw every activity, every endeavor, something for which we should thank God, and that we should do for His glory. “Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of Jesus Christ, giving thanks to God the Father through Him (Colossians 3 : 17).

Blessings to you and yours this week.

Pastor Leon

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A Thought or Two: January 8-14

Did you ever have the feeling that you should speak to someone about the Lord, and kind of held back, for fear of offending them? If we have that feeling just maybe, it might be the Lord nudging us to go ahead. Sometimes in our caution of offending, we may be like the farmer who kept his eye on the weather, looking for the perfect day to plant his crops. The season passed and he planted nothing.

We can never tell what is going on in the heart of someone else. Some may be dwelling in the pit darkness, and longing for someone to lead them into the light. When you encounter such a situation, forget the programs you took on evangelism, and just follow your heart. We do not have to say much. Perhaps a smile starts it all, and the Lord takes over.

Blessings to you and yours this week.

Pastor Leon