Psalm 136: verses 1,26
"Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His love endures forever. Give thanks to the God of heaven. His love endures forever."
I remember when I was much younger, sitting under the tutelage of my Rev, Merrill, Tom Vining and my dad, and I understood that God put a timeline on our existence. One hundred and twenty years it is said in Genesis and an average of 70-80 in the Psalms. I remember as a child in my walk, I would think of my life in terms of 120 years. Like a timeline. When I was twenty for example I would think, well I am only 1/6 of the way there, or only 1/3 if I live only half of 120.
Today, getting ready to turn 60, I no longer think, "how much time do I have left?" Instead, the question and desire is "how I am going to live whatever years I do have?" I do not look at life from a linear view but from a Godly view from above, from God's perspective and His Word. Looking at it this way I realize life, love in Christ, has no end. Showing my love of God to others does and this understanding makes me want to love even more. I want to claim the love God offers from eternity to eternity.
This morning I hope you can join us as we look at Naaman's journey and how we can gleam life experience from it. In Christ's love, Pastor Carl.
Almighty God, I thank you for the teachings of so many that has brought me here today. I thank you for the love they have shared with me and the love You have promised to me forever. May I live this truth in all aspects of my life. Lord, forgive me of my sins and may the words of my mouth reflect Your teachings and love. Father, I thank you for the bountiful gifts You have blessed me with, and may I pass them forward to the best of ability. Lord, I ask that You walk with me in the name of Jesus. Amen.
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Meet the pastor
Rev. Pastor Carl Schreiber has been serving East Orrington Congregational Church (EOCC) since March 12, 2006