“I bring you good news of great joy!”

December 2013

“I bring you good news of great joy!”

Luke 2:10

 

            This past week while I was on my way to a wedding rehearsal, I got into a fender bender and it was my fault.  No one was hurt.  The other car had some minor damage to the bumper.  My car needs a new hood, new grill, new quarter panel, and new light fixture. 

            There are things that happen to us in our lives that from every angle look bad.  If there were any way to undo it we would.  But I am convinced that God allows us to go through all kinds of hardships and difficulties because he is teaching us to find our delight in Him.

            Psalm 37:4 says, “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.” When I got into the accident I felt like God was inviting me to take a moment to consider what I delight myself in.  I felt like He was giving me an opportunity to actually engage in the practice of “DELIGHTING” myself in Him.  He was saying to me “You have a choice to make.”  And so, because of this I have found myself more actively choosing to find my delight in the LORD.

            What does it mean to “Delight yourself in the Lord”?  Well for one thing it means that I do not grieve for my car so profoundly.  (My true delight is not in my car)  For another thing it means I am grateful for the many blessings God gives to me every minute…(like not being killed in a car accident or killing someone else) but above all it means that I rejoice in what Jesus has done for me.

            Jesus is God’s gift to us from heaven.  He is the atoning sacrifice for sin.  When you put your faith in Him, you are saved.  You “cross-over” from death to life.  Your sins are forgiven and you are given the right to become a child of God.  This means that you gain a ‘righteousness from God’, and are now accepted by God.  Jesus is the one who does this for you.  Delight yourself in Him!  He is your Savior

            Two thousand years ago when the angel appeared to the shepherds, the Gospel was announced.  “I bring you good news of great joy.”  “Unto you a Savior is born!.”  Whatever discouragements, set-backs, and sorrows existed in the lives of these shepherds, suddenly the answer was clear…”PUT YOUR DELIGHT IN HIM!”  There is nothing in this world that can satisfy you except the provision that God Himself has provided.

            You need a Savior!  What are you waiting for?  Give your life to the Lord Jesus Christ and begin your NEW LIFE in which you delight yourself in this:  That God loves you and has given you everything you need in Christ.           

            This Advent and Christmas Season you are being given a fresh invitation to delight yourself in the Lord.  All around you are a million reminders that God has sent a Savior.  Of course there will be many things competing for the attention and affection of your heart but I write to encourage you:  Make every effort to delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.

            This edition of the Torch highlights several opportunities to focus our attention on the Lord and delight in Him.  Please join us. O come, let us adore Him!

 

           

Love in Christ,

Pastor David  
 

VBS July 25-26

We are getting excited aboiut our up-coming VBS, July 25-26.  This year kids age 4 - Grade 5 will enjoy inventing and acting in their own Biblical dramas.  Parents will be invited to watch the productions each day at 1:15pm.  The VBS will run from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm and lunch will be served.  Wednesday will feature hotdogs and Thursday the entree will be pizza.  Please plan to join us and bring a friend.  Best of all the cost is free.  Register on line by July 16.  See you there my friend!

A Great Bake Sale

Wow!  What a great response we had for the bake sale!  Thank you to all the many volunteers who helped to make it a success.  The weather was cold but the rain held off and we had many cheerful people on Hance Avenue soliciting potential customers,  Already from the bake sale we have raised over $600!  And there is still money coming in.  Thank you to everyone who baked for the bake sale.  We are praying that God will take this money, bless it and multiply it so that many people in Japan receive help and hear the Good News about Jesus.
Love in Christ,

Getting ready for bake sale

Special thanks to all of the people who have come by today to drop off baked goods.  We are praying that the weather will cooperate and also that we will raise lots of money for the people of Japan.  Please stop by and get a cup of coffee and some home made cookies.
Love in Christ,

I can’t do everything, but I can do something!

“The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’ (Matthew 25:40)


I have found that the hardest part of going to visit a third world country like Kenya or Haiti is coming face to face with the great need.  It is overwhelming and it made me feel like “There is so much need, what difference can I make?

 

This is a common reaction that people have.  We see the severe problems in the world and they seem like they are simply too big to even consider.

 

However, Jesus had a different attitude about the subject.  He explained that whatever we do for the least in the world we are actually doing for Him.  This is one of the ways that we can store up our treasure in heaven.

 

As our adult Sunday School Class studies the new book by Richard Stearns, “The Hole In Our Gospel” one of the things that we are learning is that statistically speaking the church has been neglecting this critical aspect of the kingdom of God.  We have not made much of an effort to care for the least of these.

 

Our desire this year is to say with all our heart, “I may not be able to do everything, but I can sure do something!  We have a great opportunity to actually help individual families in underprivileged countries like Haiti and Kenya by providing a goat for a family in Kenya ($50) or a water purifier for a family in Haiti ($35).  We have made it our ambition to really do something.  Please help us! 

 

All of the money that we collect from now until Easter will be stored up and on Easter Morning with the help of the kids and an exciting egg hunt we will unveil the grand total.

 

Please make out your check to the “Reformed Church of Tinton Falls” and write “goat project” on the memo line.

 

In addition to this we are collecting non perishable food for the people in our own area who are struggling financially.

 

Let’s make every effort to fill up that hole in our gospel.

 

Love in Christ,