God Helps Farmers Reap Bumper Crops

by Pastor Jerry

             Coffee with friends is one of the best times of my week. Unfortunately I don't get there as often as I'd like. An interesting topic for conversation around the table might be: “What is your favorite time of year?”
                I've asked many people over the years and surprisingly, I have found it is a dead heat between spring and fall. A few people (maybe 10%) like the winter season best, probably because of Christmas and hockey. A few more (about 15%) seem to like summer the best of all (holidays and summer fun). The thing that makes this topic interesting is people often share some vivid and wonderfully picturesque descriptions of their favorite season. It's pleasant, listening to a friend describe a Normal Rockwell scene from their past.
                Personally, I like all four seasons. They're all enjoyable aren't they? If I had to choose, I would choose fall. (I can hear your groans. No, that's when everything dies).
                Au contraire. They are lots of good things about the fall:
1)      CFL and NFL not to mention NBA. (Isn't CFL summer? No, actually both)
2)      School starts and the church calendar kicks off.
3)      Amazing colours in all of nature—especially back East but here too.
4)      Still holiday time (vacation for empty nesters).
Best of all, for me, it is harvest time here on the Prairies, and for whatever inexplicable reason (I'm not a farmer), it brings joy to my heart.
                I had never even seen a farm until I moved to Alberta in 1969. That fall I saw for the first time the wonder of harvest. It's not the machinery or all the activity that excites me; rather I think a lot of my joy and gladness comes from knowing how much of the world is being fed from this wonderful farmland and especially the hard work of these Canadian farm folk.
                The Bible gives this promise “As long as the Earth shall remain, there will be seedtime and harvest, summer and winter (Gen. 8:22).”
                Harvest (large or small) is one of the best evidences of God's care and blessing for His creation. His promises remain eternally true, whether men choose to believe them or not.
                Well, maybe we can do coffee sometime? That's be good.
                There is sure lots of excitement around the coffee table these days! I'm hearing that it's not only a bumper crop—some say they have even more than that. I say hallelujah and amen. Thank you Lord.

 

Nothing Is More Important Than Having Eternal Life

by Pastor Matt
  
I pray that God helps you feel that nothing is more important than having eternal life. Life is filled with subtle deceptions. We begin to think more about our bodies, for example, because in the summertime people see more of them. So we think about whether we have a tan. We think about whether we look fat. We can actually begin to think these things matter! When you look in the mirror today to see how your tan is doing and whether your skin is sleek. We think about money. We think about fame. We think about prestige and power. Only one thing will matter the day you die: Do You have Eternal Life? You can have it if you have the Son. And he who has the Son has life!
How can I have eternal life? According to 1 John, God himself has testified in answer to this question. These verses describe the content of God's witness. If there ever was any testimony in the courtroom of life that we ought to listen to, it would be God's testimony. And according to John the testimony of God is this: 1 John 5:11 And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. So according to God's testimony, the way to have life is to have the Son. Verse 12: "Whoever has the Son has life." And the reason we know it is eternal life is that verse 11 says, "God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son." So the way to have eternal life is to have the Son of God, Jesus Christ.
So what does it mean to have the Son of God? The word "have" can communicate a lot of different nuances. For example, it doesn't mean quite the same thing each time when you say, "I have a dollar," or, "I have a cold," or, "I have a lawyer." But there is something common to all those meanings: when you have something, it does its thing for you. If you have a dollar, it buys a dollar's worth for you. If you have a cold, it makes your nose run. If you have a lawyer, he stands in for you. Having something means that it does its thing for you. Now the testimony of God (in verse 12) says, "Whoever has the Son has life." And now we can say that having the Son means: if you have the Son, then the Son does his thing for you. If you want to spend one of the most encouraging hours of your life, take an hour and make a list under the heading: What is Jesus' thing? What can Jesus do? What did he come to do? What does he promise to do? It will be a very long list. And then just go down the list and beside every one write: He does his thing for me! What he can do he does for me. What he promises to do he will do for me. That is what it means to have the Son. And John sums it all up in the word life. He who has the Son has life! For he who has the Son has life—all the life that an omnipotent God can give.
But we still haven't answered the question, "How do we come to have the Son?" This is very important because the last part of verse 12 says that "whoever does not have the Son of God does not have." In other words not everyone has the Son and so not everyone has eternal life. The answer is not complicated or hard to find. It is implied clearly in verse 13: "I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life." Notice that verse 13 says that those who believe in the name of the Son of God have eternal life and that verse 12 says, "whoever has the Son has life." The simple implication is that the way to have the Son is to believe the Son. Or another way to put it is that the Son of God does his thing for those who trust him. You can have the Son of God if you trust the Son of God. Jesus is the source of salvation. He is the source of eternal life. He makes you a free offer, and you accept his offer, you trust him. Whoever has the Son has life. Do you have the Son?