• Excerpt from February, 2020 "The Mountain Top Messenger" newsletter...

    Welcome to February, the month of Groundhog Day, valentine's day, president's day, and Martin Luther's birthday. Quite the busy month...

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February 2020 "The Mountain Top Messenger" Newsletter
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Welcome to February, the month of Groundhog Day, valentine's day, president's day, and Martin Luther's birthday. Quite the busy month, on a personal note I also have a PAL's conference and a conference in Phoenix. Just like all the others lately I believe this one will fly by as well. I don't know how February will go, nor what is going to happen to the groundhog, but I have to admit, at this point winter hasn't been that bad, and we seem to be on the downhill side now. I know March and April can have their snows, but we also know they won’t hang on forever. I am going to go on the premise that Spring is right around the corner. I did have one hold over item from last month, I need to be flogged, I have completely forgotten to thank everyone for all of their Christmas wishes, cards, and gifts, I also failed to get any thank you notes out for all of you who remembered me on my birthday. When I was a child my mother made sure that my brother and I always sent thank you notes to everyone who sent us any type of card or gift for and occasion, and often we could not play with whatever we received until we had written the thank you. Allais, I have failed her and all of those who remembered me, for this I apologize. I am still intending on getting some thank you notes out, but at this point that seems to be slipping away and falling behind all of the new things that are accumulating. So, I am going to do what seems to be the appropriate and the Christian thing to do, I am going to beg forgiveness, both from those to whom I owe a thank you and to the Lord. And in so doing I will try and change my sinful ways and do better. But, cavate here is, I am human, and though I do not want to fail at this again, there is a strong possibility that I will. I think Paul said best in Romans chapter 7

"19For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. 20Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me."

We are weak, we have sin as our very nature, it is a constant struggle to do what is right considering our nature, the devil, and the world all trying to convince us to ignore what is good and right. How do we handle this, and can we overcome this? Paul gives us that answer as well as he continues in Romans...

"21So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand. 22For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being, 23but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. 24Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? 25Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord."

Christ has saved us, He, through the power of the Holy Spirit will help us, He will give us the strength to push through our sinful nature and do that which is pleasing in His sight. He does it through His means of Grace, through His Church and our Christian fellowship. And while we struggle and sometimes fail, God, through the Grace of Jesus Christ forgives us our sin, keeps us in His tender care and allows us to carry on in this life and promises us everlasting peace, love, mercy, and grace in the next one.

I will try and do better in the future.

May God our Father, and Jesus Christ our brother, protect you and keep you in His grace until the day of His return.

Pastor Rick