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From the Pastor's Desk

Let me give you a few quotes I came across recently. "You are a Christian today because somebody cared. Now it's your turn" (Warren Weirsbe). Here's another one, "Kindness has converted more sinners than zeal, eloquence, or learning" (Henrietta Mears).

Philippians 2:4 says, "Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others." The noted American preacher, Phillips Brooks, advised, "Be such a man, and live such a life, that if every man were such as you, and every life a life like yours, this earth would be God's Paradise." One tangible way to make the world a more godly place is to spread kindness wherever we go.

Sometimes, when we feel happy or generous, we find it easy to be kind. Other times, when we are discouraged or tired, we can scarcely summon the energy to utter a single kind word. But, God's commandment is clear: He intends that we make the conscious choice to treat others with kindness and respect, no matter our circumstances, no matter our emotions.

Many times, we mistakenly think that we are solely responsible both for the technique and the results of personal evangelism. But the Bible is clear that power to witness comes from the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:8). It is also clear that when Jesus is lifted up, he draws people to Himself (Jn. 12:32). The best method of witnessing is the one you will use. The Holy Spirit has anointed countless different methods to be the means of spreading the gospel. It is our responsibility to be sensitive to the Holy Spirit so that He may direct us in how to communicate the gospel in terms people can understand and in a style they can relate to. Simple kindness goes a long way in reaching others with the gospel.

-Pastors Mark and Jennifer

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