Sunday Services:
9:00-10:30 AM
Howe Chapel  |  439 Coffman St  |  Longmont, CO

 

 "Jesus answered them, “Go and tell John what you hear and see: the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor have good news brought to them.  And blessed is anyone who takes no offense at me.”  Matthew 11:4-6
 
When John the Baptist preached he said "by their fruit you will know them."  He knew it would not just be what we say that matters or even what we believe but also what we do! So, when John's disciples came to see Jesus when John the Baptist was in prison they asked Jesus are you the real deal? Are you the Messiah? Jesus answered as quoted above with the fruit of his life and ministry: "...the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor have good news brought to them."
 
If someone asked you are you really a follower of Jesus what "fruit" of your life and ministry would you refer to to convince them?
 
Have a blessed and glorious Third Sunday of Advent! We will welcome Fr. Patrick Dorn as our guest minister this week.
 
Blessings in Jesus, +Gerry

“With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.”  Isaiah 12:3

Dear Brothers and Sisters:

What are the wells of salvation for you and for me? Would the “wells” of salvation possibly be the benefits or fruits of salvation? Jesus death and resurrection are at the heart of salvation. His sacrifice of His life given for all who place their faith in Him. When I think of the wells of salvation I think of the benefits or fruit of salvation: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23. I think of the benefit of the forgiveness of my sins, all of them. Through Jesus salvation we are set free from the bondage of sin.

May we draw deeply from this well of salvation, from the well that is filled with the fruit of the Spirit and with the fruit and benefits of life in Christ. How do we “draw” from the well of the Spirit? Let is spend time with Jesus thanking him and praising him for giving us this well. Let us pray with expectation for the fullness of the Spirit in our lives as we walk each day with Jesus and with our family, friends, neighbors and those we meet along the way!

See you Sunday, I hope, for a glorious opportunity to celebrate our Life in Christ and our love for Bob and Vicki Uhr, who will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary!!!

Blessings in Jesus, Gerry

"As for me, I am already being poured out as a libation, and the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. From now on there is reserved for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will give me on that day, and not only to me but also to all who have longed for his appearing.” 2 Timothy 4:6-8

Dear Brothers and Sisters:

This is Saint Paul’s farewell letter to his dear, dear disciple and brother in the Lord, Timothy. Paul realizes his life has been literally poured out for the sake of others who would come to Jesus and receive him as their Savior and follow Him as their Lord. It has been a fight and he has fought it and finished his course.  Paul proclaims boldly, “I have kept the faith." Then he goes on to declare the reward for having fought the fight, finished the race and kept the faith.  A crown of righteousness from Jesus is his reward.

Could you and I make this statement? Why? Or, why not?

I am looking forward to seeing you Sunday for worship. I hope you can make it! Our three-week class on the Book of Second Thessalonians will begin around 11 a.m., after the coffee fellowship.

Blessings and love in Jesus, Gerry

"Then Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because he too is a son of Abraham.  For the Son of Man came to seek out and to save the lost.”  Luke 19:9-10

Dear Brothers and Sisters:

In order to know how dramatic this statement from Jesus is we must know the “back story." Tax collectors in Jesus day were often Jews who were employed by the Roman occupiers of Israel to collect taxes from their Jewish countrymen. The only condition of their employment was that by whatever means they collect the amount determined by the Romans. Their own “payment” for the service was whatever “extra” they collected over and above the Tax and they were given complete freedom to collect as much as they liked. So, their countrymen saw them as thieves who extorted money from them and as traitors who worked for the Roman occupying and oppressive government. Simply put tax collectors were some of the most hated and despised of the Jews during this time.

Zacchaeus was not only a tax collector, he was the chief tax collector, most despised of all!

Jesus invited himself into Zacchaeus’ home and stayed with him. Simply coming into the presence of Jesus caused Zachaeus’ life to change dramatically. He responds to Jesus by saying: “Look, half of my possessions, Lord, I will give to the poor; and if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I will pay back four times as much.” Then Jesus makes the above remarkable statement.

How have you and I responded to the presence of Jesus in our lives? How has He then responded to us?

Blessings, peace and joy in Jesus, Gerry 

This Sunday we will welcome Fr. Patrick Dorn to lead our service as Bishop Gerry will be away on bishop duties at Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Broomfield.

"Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice.  He prostrated himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him. And he was a Samaritan."   Luke 17:15-16

Dear Brothers and Sisters:

Why did only one of the ten lepers who were healed return to thank Jesus? Why is it we often forget to thank God routinely for all the blessings He pours out upon us? Having a heart attitude of grateful thanksgiving brings healing and wholeness to those who have it.  

Here are some questions to consider: Do we have a roof over our head, food on the table, clothes on our backs and access to transportation? Those who can answer "yes" to all four of those questions day after day comprise only 5% of the world's population. Thank you, God, for your love for us demonstrated in this abundance of provision.  

St. Paul inspired by the Holy Spirit writes: "Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you." 1 Thessalonians 5:15-18

May we be a people always filled with thanksgiving and gratitude to God.

Blessings and love in Jesus,  Gerry

P.S.  Pam and I very much look forward to being with you all again this coming Sunday.