“Words of Hope”

Pastors Desk

As I began to pray and ponder the potential of this wonderful new website and the ability to offer some words “From The Pastor’s Desk”, I sought God’s vision and direction for what it might become.

I did not sense God calling me to offer another Sunday morning message or some type of sermonette, as we would love for you to experience those words in person and join us in fellowship.

I also did not get a sense that God was wanting me to provide some type of a devotional in this space, as there are many who are currently offering daily, weekly, or even monthly devotionals.

A personal blog or website journal describing what I had to eat for lunch or how far I ran today also did not seem like a good use of this (up until now) blank page.

So… as I prayed, “God what would You want this space to be? What is it that You would have us hear and have us speak about today?”, what I heard in my spirit was, “Words of Hope”.

I pray as I sit at “The Pastor’s Desk”, that these words that come forth on this page would always be “Words of Hope”… Words that speak to God’s great love for us and our desire to love God more… To love God with all of our heart, mind, soul, and strength, and to love our neighbor as ourselves…

I pray that God will use this space to speak to our hearts and our minds, to offer “Words of Hope” in the midst of difficult times… Times that sometimes seem hopeless… Times that can sometimes cause us to look in a myriad of places for the hope that can only be found at the foot of the cross…

So today, Friday, April 1, 2016, for the very first “Words of Hope” – “From The Pastor’s Desk”, I offer you these words from the apostle Paul written to the Christians at Rome:

Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in our hope of sharing the glory of God.   More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit which has been given to us. (Romans 5:1-5 RSV)

May we always remember that no matter what we might be going through, what suffering we might be experiencing, we know that it is producing something in us that is far greater than anything we might hope for or imagine… Something that would not have come about were we not able to rejoice in our suffering, knowing that suffering produces endurance, endurance produces character, and character produces hope… And hope does not disappoint…

May the peace of Christ and the hope that He provides remain with you now and always,

Pastor Wayne