Growing..not in years or time, but in momentum and growth as a Christian. Each person of the Trinity active in our lives brings growth. Growth gains momentum through encouragement of our brothers and sisters in Christ. So lets us grow and grow together, in Grace, Faith, Love, in Jesus, in Friendships, in Mission, and in passion for people.

Pastor’s Pen  

Such is the confidence that we have through Christ toward God. Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God, who has made us sufficient to be ministers of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit. For the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. - - 2 Corinthians 3:4-6 

I love this time of year. It feels like all of creation is coming back to life. The grass is turning green. The trees are budding and feature all sorts of spring color. Flowers? . . . What can I say? Except BEAUTIFUL. And the time change? . . . I know it does not add an hour of sunlight, but it sure changes my attitude in the late afternoon and evening all for the better. 

It is this time of each year that believers celebrate the Resurrection of the Lord Jesus. I love that I have the opportunity to join with people of hope to participate in this celebration. The “letter” of the law in the old covenant beats the life out of me. Guilt and shame seem to overwhelm me as I think about my bad choices, lack of self-discipline, evil actions, evil words and evil thoughts. The letter of the law makes me feel like the last days of winter. The letter kills. 

But, the Spirit gives life. What a generous God that we have. By His Spirit I have NEW life. I can live in confidence. Grace overwhelmingly pours over me. I rejoice. Yes! The Resurrection of Jesus makes a difference. 

Every time we come to the Father with our guilt and shame and confess to Him that we need His love, grace and forgiveness, He is faithful to hear our prayer and forgive us. He gives us a new beginning.

- Pastor Tommy 

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