From the Pastor’s Desk September 15 2017

This weekend, our emphasis is on health; a subject that affects all of us. Does it seem like life is often so fast paced, rushed, and with just too much to do?  How does that affect our health? How about our spiritual health? We live in a society and culture that is increasingly becoming commercial and materialistic, so it is difficult to keep the balance and maintain our spiritual health. It’s challenging to find ways to nurture, nourish, heal, restore, and renew our mind, body and soul. I believe that one of the first steps to revitalize our spiritual health is the attitude we bring to the day or other words our mind-set. Someone once remarked, we should be a river not a swamp. The Bible says “rivers of living water will flow from the heart of those who believe in me,” (John 7:38). It’s a mountain stream that carries fresh life-giving water because it flows out. In contrast, a swamp is usually stagnant and life-absorbing; it collects and retains water but does not flow out. Let’s try not to be a person who is self-absorbed and self-focused allowing only a little or nothing to flow through. God calls us to be his channels of blessings to others. Our outward appearance is reflected by our inner disposition. When we think negative and have a “swamp mentality” we are in danger of becoming spiritually stagnant, emotionally detached and intellectually cynical. Let us allow God to let His blessings flow through us. The freshness is in the flow and once we get our water from the Divine Source, we will have the Water of Life, giving us fresh health to our mind, body and soul. My prayer is that you “may prosper and be in good health, even as your soul prospers” (3 John 2). May God bless you!