Brothers and Sister in Christ,

            I want to start this Newsletter off with a word of Thanks for the past three years and you allowing me the privilege of being your Pastor.  July 1st is the beginning of Shirley’s and my fourth year and we are excited to see what God has in store for each of us as we continue to journey together here in Clarendon, Texas.  The Lord is not through with any of us, He is continually moving us from where we are to where He wants us to be, of course we have to be corporative and allow the Holy Spirit to transform us into what He wants us to be.

            As God moves us along, the months of 2013 move along also.  We are at the beginning of Summer and we have experienced the scorching heat of summer in the last week of June.  However, we are thankful for the rain we had received in the week before.  It has changed the look of our landscape at least for a little while.  We continue to pray for more rain.  We have not broken out of our drought situation but we know God is faithful.  He will send the rain. 

            We tend to think we have to fix our problems because we are not sure God is really listening to us because he has not done it our way.  Therefore, he does not care about us.  This raises the question, “Is our FAITH in God or in our own ability?”  I believe it is evident that as a congregation we are becoming more trusting in God to provide all that we need, maybe not all that we want. Our FAITH will only be strengthened by our life with Jesus.  Our motives, our values, our aims, and goals are “TRANSFORMED” by our walk with Jesus.

            The caption below illustrates this well: “Seen on a church signboard in northern Minnesota during summer vacation: ‘Sure, you can worship God with a fishing pole in your hand, but when was the last time a walleye told you, ‘Your sins are forgiven’?”

            Paul in his letter to the Ephesians talked to them about coming together so that they are made into the Body of Christ. Through faith in Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit working within us we as a collection of truly unique individuals even with our diverse ideas, attitudes, experiences, and talents are being shaped into a fellowship of believers. He does this while we retain our individuality, he unites us by one baptism, faith, Lord and Spirit to be HIS body.  Here the words of Ephesians 4:11-13“So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.”  He has gifted each of us with gifts and graces that complement one another so we function asHIS body in the world. 

            Our lives are different because of Jesus.  Jesus calls us to reflect that change as he transforms us by the power of the Holy Spirit, to reflect his life in us.  We are to love one another so that the world knows that we are followers of Jesus Christ.  Through the Holy Spirit within each of us as believers we are to hear the voice of God calling us to a free cooperative relationship with Him and become mature people that Paul is talking about in Ephesians who LOVE each other with the richness of genuine AGAPE LOVE.

            How are you being TRANSFORMEDinto that maturing person in a loving relationship with Him?  Without that type of relationship there is no way we can have theAGAPE LOVE for one another.  We can’t do this by ourselves we need to meet together in worship, study, and fellowship.  Therefore, hear this YOU are missed when you are not present on Sunday morning worship.  YOUare important to the building up of the Body of Christ so the ministry of this Body which it is called to can be accomplished.             

            See you on Sunday morning at worship and Sunday School.

           

A Servant and Brother of Jesus Christ

Lloyd Stice

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