Hello Friends,

I hope you are being drawn deeper in your faith through this sermon series.  I know this week’s sermon on prayer is an area where I constantly have to give focus, mostly because I’m not that good at it.  Pastor Steve categorized the three stages of desiring prayer as have-to, want-to, and need-to.  I’m not where I will be some day, but definitely better than I was before.

I think that is the point of the sermon series.  We all have not arrived at our final place but our faith journey is like a pilgrimage.  As we journey further we’ve learned much, experienced much, and now expect much.  That is what can help fuel our motivation to grow deeper in our faith.  

The Hebrew children came out of the desert and into the promise land and created standing stones as a visual image where they could look back and remember what God did in that place.  Today we can create our own by writing down the special times God did something significant in our lives.  Perhaps a loved one accepted Christ, you experienced a healing, or an answered prayer.  It’s important to create a lasting way to remember what God did for us.  I think that is why Christ said “as often as you eat this bread and drink from this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.”  Remembering what God did helps us stay motivated to journey further.

So what is the next step for you in prayer?  What is drawing you further down the faith path?  Ask God to reveal where he is calling you.  

In Christ,

Pastor James

Men, join us for First Monday on November 6! We’ll start with a pizza buffet and fellowship at 6:30 pm and the program will begin at 7:30 pm.