December 20 Reflections

As I shared last week, I have been offered a position at Maurice Reformed Church as a Transitional Pastor. During this week I have opened my heart to Jesus to see where it is, he wants me to go. It is almost like the song by Clash, “Should I Stay, or Should I Go?” The song is about different circumstances, but I often felt like that in the past week. Jesus should I stay, or should I go? The answer that always came back is either place I will use you for the Kingdom. Through solitude, the helpful discernment of close friends, encouragement of family and Jesus speaking into my heart I believe that Jesus is leading me to stay at First Reformed.

One of the things I have longed for is to help build an atmosphere of grace by growing in emotional maturity. I believe this can be so powerful when it is incorporated in the life of a Body of Believers. This is a significant part of why I believe I am being led to stay. We have a ways to go. That will be the first sermon series as we head into 2021…” An atmosphere of grace as we grow in emotional maturity.”

Thank you for praying. Thank you to those who stopped by, called, emailed, or texted and spoke truth into my life. Your support has always been a great encouragement for me.

This coming Sunday is the last Sunday of Advent. So far, we have focused on Hope, Peace, and Joy. The last of the four words is Love. The greatest lover of all time is God. When we experience that love it changes us, and we love as well. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him will not perish but have everlasting life.” God, Father, Jesus, Holy Spirit, eternally gives of himself for our good. This is an amazing and incredible love. We are going to think about this on Sunday. Some passages to read: John 3:16-21; Ephesians 3:14-19; 1 John 4:7-12.

Grace upon Grace,

Pastor Verlyn