Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies. —1 Corinthians 6:19-20
Yesterday I had the honor of officiating at Andrew and Hannah Leighton's wedding. As they stood there in the presence of God, each in their own way saying, they were ready to give everything they have for the other. In reality they both understood that their dying to self would make the "we" stronger. It is not that they are losing the individualism but it is the acknowledgment that the individual is stronger when given away.
In our relationship with God we too must make a choice to who we are living for, who we belong to and who our true audience is. Christ tells us He is the groom and we are His bride. Do you live your one and only life as if you are the only one who matters? Or are you living as heirs of the Kingdom giving all you have as Christ gave you His all?
As we celebrate Memorial Day may we honor the men and woman who served this great country and thank God for those who gave it their all so the "we" are made stronger. See you in church!!!
Almighty God, you ask of us nothing You did not ask of Your Son. Give me, Father, the strength I need to live in such a sacrificial way. Help me, oh Lord, not to fear giving and not trusting that my needs will be met by You. Lord, may I enter into Your house not seeking to be blessed but to be a blessing to all I encounter. Lord, thank you for this church family, my wife and my children. May I serve each of them as Your Son serves me. Forgive me of my sins as I pray this and all things in the name of Your son, 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