February 2021 - Thoughts from Jim
“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love. By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him.” (I John 4:7-10)
As we enter the month of February, it seems normal to look towards Valentine’s Day and think of love. I’m sure many wives will receive a bouquet of beautiful flowers, or a box of delicious chocolates, a lovely card, or a special evening out for supper. Those events will be a reminder of how much love couples have for each other, and those thoughts need to be shared with one another from time to time, as a reminder of how much we love those dearest to us. Genuine love is best when expressed freely and openly to those who are loved. That is how God taught us to love one another.
His love was the greatest gift any of us could ever hope for and brings with it an eternal home in heaven, living for eternity with our loving Creator. May we do our best to reflect that amazing and perfect love to every person we come in contact with, and by doing so, we will reflect the amazing love of God to all those around us.
For those of us who are single, may we find joy in sharing God’s love with others who may be lonely, discouraged, or fearful. A kind greeting, a word of encouragement, a silent prayer offered on their behalf will never return void! You may make another’s day wonderful with a small expression of kindness!
May God Bless You Richly!!
Greetings in this new year of 2021. All of us are a bit weary of the trials of 2020, with the frustrating inconveniences of social distancing, isolation of folks, including those in hospitals and nursing homes. It has been difficult for all of us. It is tough when families have a loved one in the hospital and are not allowed to be with them to comfort them and assist them. It is hard for those who are in nursing facilities who are not allowed to have visitors from church or family. I don’t particularly like wearing a mask into stores, gas stations, or businesses. My glasses always steam up!
One good thing is that there is now a vaccination to help prevent Covid. Let’s hope and pray that this will signal the ending of this pandemic.
The best news, though, is that God is still on His throne, and He will give us strength to endure through every trial. We have learned how important being together as a body of believers really is. I miss seeing friends from Church, and I’m sure everyone feels the same. But we can still find encouragement from God by reading His Word on a regular basis. It always gives me a sense of peace when I do so. I will start through the Bible again this week and read through it again this year. I hope you will join me in doing so. Please also join me in praying for our family in Christ locally and throughout the world! Thank you!
May God Bless You Richly in 2021,
Jim Poll, Minister
December 2020 - Thoughts from Jim
“For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; and the government will rest on His shoulders; and His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace..” Isaiah 9:6, 7 (NASB)
This passage was written about 750 years before the Birth of Jesus Christ, so God’s plan of salvation for those who would accept it was in effect hundreds of years before Jesus appeared in Bethlehem. In fact, it was in effect in the garden of Eden when Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit. So, this awesome gift of God’s Son, Jesus, was planned for mankind since the beginning of time.
What a privilege for us to celebrate the birth of Christ this month and to consider the awesome love of our Almighty God for this priceless gift that allows us to be in fellowship with God Himself.
May we give God the Glory this month for his indescribable and priceless gift of his only begotten son, Jesus Christ!
May God grant you love and peace as you honor Him this month!
November 2020 - Thoughts from Jim
Here it is November already. The year 2020 has been a difficult one in many ways. We ushered the new year in with news of a deadly pandemic which has changed the lives of everyone to some degree. Churches, schools, sports, businesses, and life as we knew it were closed down for several weeks. We were told to stay home except to go out for necessities. We were not allowed to visit friends who were hospitalized, nursing homes were closed to visitors, and still are. I remember going to a Walmart nearby to buy some groceries and was surprised to see the frozen foods section with empty shelves. The first time in my life I had ever gone to a store to see that many food items were completely sold out.
We have been through a lot this year, and nothing seems to be normal. People still are staying home a lot, and when we go out, masks are the norm. We have had a presidential election where results are still not known several days after we voted. There is much uncertainty in every area of life.
But this is the month we celebrate Thanksgiving, and I have noticed when reading the scripture, that Thanksgiving is always appropriate, because God is still on His throne, and He is still in charge. I would like you to think about these words from Philippians, written by the apostle Paul while he was a prisoner, facing death.
“Therefore, my beloved brethren whom I long to see, my joy and crown, so stand firm in the Lord, my beloved. Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! Let your forbearing spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:1, 4-7 (NASB)
Let’s remember to give Thanks to God in every circumstance, and His peace will guard our hearts and minds.
May God bless you,