(Official communication to the public)



Summer has come to an end.  Vacations with the children are over, school has begun, leaves are beginning to change and fall from the trees while squirrels are burying nuts for winter harvest.

As summer comes to a close so will camp fires. We enjoy them in our fire pit during evenings that are not so hot. There is a lesson we can learn from them that has a spiritual truth. When first lit it is small, but doesn’t take long to build into a warm, sometimes hot fire that will remain as long as there is sufficient fuel. As more wood is added the flame and warmth remains. However, when wood is withheld it slowly dies out to embers and if not fanned into a flame it will grow cold and die.

Often when we come to Christ as savior, we are excited about our faith, interested in what the bible has to say and are will to serve him and tell others. As time progresses it is easy to become distracted by life’s demands and involved with good things to where we spend less and less time reading God’s word, praying, worshipping and sharing the faith. As this happens our passion for Jesus begins to wane and we become lukewarm and eventually cold. Some may view this as natural or common, but it doesn’t make it right or safe.

In the eyes of our Heavenly Father He doesn’t want our love for Him to wane and become the same passion we have with something else. It is not wrong to love and enjoy other people or activities until that love and passion is greater than the love and passion for Jesus. He takes it serious as he says in Revelation 2:4-5 . . . . I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first. Consider how far you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place.

Love is not based on emotions, but a decision. If we wake up some morning and don’t “feel” in love that’s fine because we can still choose to love in spite of feelings.

Think back on how you first expressed your love for Jesus and compare that to today. Has anything changed? What is preventing you form keeping God first, loving Him more than your job, money, car, family or yourself? Whatever it is put it in its rightful place, not #1.


Pr. Bob Snitzer

By the Way: Wednesday 25, 3:30 Confirmation class.

6:30PM Bible study: Early church. Anyone is welcome.

Sunday 29, 9:00 Morning worship. Sermon: Covenants with Israel/David

Sunday school Sept. 29, 10:15