December 2019

Greetings my friends, in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus the Christ! As the year draws to a close and the new one is about to begin, I have been praying about where I should direct my sermons in 2020. My mind went to 2nd Peter. I feel like he summed it up well. Most of you grew up in the church. I acknowledge that most scripture is familiar to you. That’s why 2nd Peter 1:12 and 13 was on my mind. Peter wrote: “So I will always remind you of these things, even though you know them and are firmly established in the truth you now have. I think it is right to refresh your memory as long as I live in the tent of this body,” (NIV) Peter finishes the verse by saying that he knows he will soon die. (I don’t normally include that because I hope that is not my case.) However, I do feel it is my duty to remind you of things you already know. It is my prayer that we continue to know more of and grow deeper in love with God. John Wesley confirmed that this only happens through the Holy Spirit, but he also reasoned that there are practices (ordinances) that we should do if we expect the Holy Spirit to help us. These practices don’t make us better Christians, but they put us in a position to benefit. In other words, I don’t get bonus points with God because I read my Bible, but knowing my Bible makes me better equipped to serve God. If it’s still not clear, try this: It is basketball season. Mike Scott is the Power Forward for the Philadelphia 76ers. He leads the 76ers with 100% from the free throw line. Now, when he’s out there, the ref doesn’t give him any extra points for all the time he spent practicing free throws, but you know it pays off at game time! See my point? There are things we can do that make us better equipped at “game time”. Attention to Scripture, dedicated time of prayer and fasting, attendance to public worship, and frequently enjoying holy communion. These are what Wesley called the Ordinances of God, which prepare us to receive the blessings of the Holy Spirit. I think he was on to something. It will be my privilege to remind you of these things (although you already know them), as long as I am able. It boggles my mind to think of what God could do at Glossbrenner next year. Merry Christmas… in His service,

Pastor Brian