December 25, 2016

Categories: Pastor's Blog

Senior Pastor, Keith Parker writes a blog entry each week. You can also find this printed on our weekly bulletin. This week’s blog deals with compassion.

Christmas season is a time to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It is also a time of reflection in our lives. A time where we can look at ourselves and thank God for what He has done for us and our family. We can’t always understand the things in life that happen to us, but one thing we can understand is this: God loves us! He has an unconditional love for you and for me. Can you imagine? His love for us is unconditional! In fact, He loves us so much that God gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. God created a path so we don’t ever have to be separated from His love. I have a great love for the city of Arab. The heart of this city is astounding. When we moved back to Arab from Texas in April of 2006, I could see things about Arab I never saw before. One of the things I saw in Arab, that you do not see in large cities, is compassion. Arab’s compassion to help one another in time of need, to offer love to a hurting friend, or to help someone who has lost hope is amazing. Always remember, “We can’t change the past, but we can shape our future by what we do today.” How can we shape our future? By going to the Word of God and applying the fruit of the Spirit to our lives – that is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. If you don’t see the evidence of this fruit in your life, then ask God to help you. It’s through the season of Christmas that these characteristics shine, but they should never be only for a season, they should be a part of our everyday lives. A common phrase we often use is, “walk the walk and talk the talk”. We should apply this phrase to our lives when it comes to the fruit of the Spirit by always speaking His truth. This Christmas, “let’s say what we mean, and mean what we say” by coming together in unity and one accord, and let’s pray to God that He continues to bless this city, the leadership, the businesses, the churches, and the people. Most of all, let’s always pray that Jesus be glorified through the city of Arab and through us at Community Church. Priscilla and I love all of you very much, and we pray that you have a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year in the Lord.

Community Church is a non-denominational, Full-Gospel church, whose members strive to walk in unity, within the Body of Christ. If you are looking for a church to attend, we would love to have you. You are most welcome here. See the bottom of the page for our address and phone number, and look around at the different ministry opportunities we have for you to become a part of. God bless you!

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