August 27, 2014
On a recent family vacation I had an opportunity to speak candidly with a hotel employee where we were staying. The employee was our very cheerful cleaning lady, but behind the cheerful greeting was a story of hurt. It seems her daughter, who is in her early 20s, is addicted to prescription medication. In addition to that, her daughter has resorted to stealing jewelry from her and selling it just to feed her habit. She told a story that spanned the past 3 years of failed trips to rehab centers and many, many nights spent in the local jail.
Can I ask a pointed question? Do we sometimes look down on people like the daughter in this story, as if our sins are not as bad as theirs are? We think, “I’ve got a little sideways in life at times and done some things that I am not proud of, but man, I’ve never been that messed up.”
But the truth is, we are all “that messed up.” The apostle Paul said it perfectly in 1 Timothy 1:15, “…Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners — of whom I am the worst.” (NIV) A song by Toby Mac, one of my favorite Christian artists, says it this way, “Because we all make mistakes sometimes, and we have all stepped across that line, but nothing’s sweeter than the day we find… forgiveness.”
I am humbled when I think of the apostle Paul referring to himself as “the worst of sinners.” It makes me realize that we all need the saving power of what Christ did for us on the cross equally. It is just as easy for Christ to forgive and transform the drug addict as it is for him to forgive and transform the thief, the gossip, the liar, the adulterer or any other person caught in or who has indulged in any other sin, period. Nothing is too hard for God.
I will share the same thing with you that I relayed to our cleaning lady on that trip. It doesn’t matter where you are in life, where you have been, what you have done or what sin you have committed. If you and I will humble ourselves and call out to Jesus Christ in true sincerity of heart, confessing our sins before him and asking him to save us and change our lives, he will.
Church Notes - Week of 8-27-14
St. Stephen’s to hold a healing service tomorrow
The public is invited to participate in a Christian healing service at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Romney, based on the international order of St. Luke the physician on Thursday, Aug. 28, at 5 p.m. Prayers and intercessions of healing and/or thanksgiving are welcome for yourself or others.
Romney UMC contemporary service Saturdays
The Romney First United Methodist Church is holding a new contemporary Christian service every Saturday. Coffee will be served in the library at 5:30 p.m. and the service will begin at 6 p.m. There will be contemporary music and various speakers. Everyone is welcome to attend. For more info, call the church at 304-822-3023.
Evangelist Al Thomas ministering at Romney Assembly
Evangelist Al Thomas will be ministering Sunday, Aug. 31, at 10:45 a.m. at Romney Assembly of God. He has an anointed ministry in the teaching of the Word and is used by the Lord as he prays for the needs of people. A love offering will be collected. The church is located across from Romney Cycle on Mitchell Street. For more info., call 304-822-4263 or visit the website at romneyassembly.org.
Slanesville Mennonite holding hymn sing Aug. 31
Slanesville Community Mennonite Church invites the community to join the church for its quarterly hymn sing on Sunday, Aug. 31, at 6:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served after the service.
Old-fashioned music fest Sept. 6
An old-fashioned music fest will be held at Augusta United Methodist Church Saturday, Sept. 6, from 3 to 7 p.m. Several community music groups will be performing outside. Come out and enjoy an evening of music, food and fun. Country ham, sandwiches, pie, ice cream and other baked goods will be available. The event will be outside if the weather permits. In case of inclement weather, it will be held in the church located across from Augusta Elementary. For more info., call 304-496-9571.