Message From the Pastor

Dear Family of Faith,

    What a joy to arrive in the month of May here in eastern North Carolina. We have years that it seems we jump over spring and right into summer, but this year we are experiencing the joy of spring, cool evening, and mornings and bright afternoons. The rains have come and we have seen our lawns sprout dandelions and clovers overnight. We look around us and we marvel at God's creation and the wisdom of seasons. Time goes by and the seasons remind us that there is a time to plant and harvest and every kind of activity. The Word of God says in Eccl 3:18

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; a time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; at time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; a time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war; and a time of peace.

God wants us to observe the seasons he wants us to apply our hearts to wisdom and discern what season of life we are in. It is unproductive to attempt to harvest in the time of planting and vice versa. In wisdom, we must abide in Christ and know what work we are to be about for our Father's glory. As we awake each day, let us use the time we have in the season we are in for the glory of God. Ben Franklin reportedly said:

" One today is worth two tomorrows. Lost time is never found again. Time is money. Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that's the stuff that life is made of. You may delay, but time will not."

Old Ben was on to something. Each day is a vital gift from God. My prayer for us as a Church Family is that we love one another, and learn to grow together as we collectively seek to do the Father's will.

Blessings in Christ,

Pastor Woody