Calvary Baptist Church

Calvary Crosswords Monthly Newsletter


Michael Harris, Pastor 

The search for the purpose and meaning of life has puzzled mankind for thousands of years. The main problem comes because we start our quest with self-centered questions. What do I want to be? What should I do with my life? What are my dreams for the future?] Remember the old adage “You can’t get there from here!” You’ll never get the answers to the purpose and fulfillment by being with yourself!
Job 12 tells us “It is God who directs the lives of his creatures; everyone’s life is in His power.” You were made by God and FOR GOD! And, until you understand that, LIFE will never have purpose, or even make sense. In fact, Eph.1:11 says more specifically, it’s in Christ we find out who we are and what we’re living for. We are not an accident, nothing in life is arbitrary, it all has a purpose.
Knowing your purpose gives meaning to Life. Knowing your purpose simplifies your life. Knowing your purpose focuses your life. Knowing your purpose motivates your life. You see, LIFE is only a temporary assignment. Your GOAL is Eternity!!
Therefore, it’s vital to know who you are and what your mission is! Joy, satisfaction, meaning, and fulfillment depends upon it. Let me help you with this little acrostic S-H-A-P-E. S= Spiritual gifts, H= heart, A= Abilities, P= Personality, E= Experience. Answer this, What is your Spiritual gift(s)?, What is your Heart? What are your God given Abilities? What’s your Personality?
And Finally, what is your Experiences? Answer these and you what God has designed you for!
Once we KNOW who we are, then our mission becomes clear. There is a job only you can do. Are you serving and reaping the rewards of your service in Christ?
                         May God Bless you, as we minister together.

                                                   Yours In Christ, Pastor  Mike

LABOR DAY to honor hard workers. Jesus has a very special 'Labor Day' gift for those hard workers who have followed His Command, who have fought the good fight. "Well done, my good and faithful servant". And that is what we are to be - His Servant, do His bidding. IF you look around our country this day, I doubt you will even recognize it. Evil is slowly taking over everything, our school kid's minds are a huge target, removing our history from their books and now from our countryside. And of course, our faith in the Living God. History is a lesson, good and bad lessons. The Holy Word, our guide book through our lives, gives us the world's history. We are to learn, to see the Evil that was then and is really hasn't changed, only the faces and wardrobes over the years. But, through the ages, WHO has prevailed? God, our Lord Almighty and His followers and workers. Those few years Jesus walked among us humans, He warned of the evils around, of the hatred that is, of the anger that dwells in the human heart. But, didn't He say, "Fear not! For I AM with you, always, even unto the end of the earth." How strong is our faith? I sometimes wonder about my own, then beg forgiveness for being weak and ask for strength, for again, as Paul said, "I can do ALL THINGS, through Christ, who strengthens me". Jesus already had lived (and died) because of hate, jealousy, anger, sin, and evil. He knew, KNOWS, all that we face today, Satan's followers are doing just that, following his commands to do harm, to create havoc, to destroy, to deceive. Still, we are told to go out and preach the gospel, because, under all of this disturbance and grief, are hearts hungering for peace, for love, for assurance. Do not fear what is on this earth. Do the job we have been given and then, we will be given the greatest 'Labor Day' there is, eternity with the Savior, His Father, and all the Saints that have gone on before. Remember, God loves even the darkest heart owner, and wants that heart to be alight with His Spirit and filled with love and that darkness vanquished. ONWARD, Christian Soldier!

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