Welcome Message from Pastor Stan Troy
|A MESSAGE FROM PASTOR STAN:|
“How are you – are you doing okay?” Everybody asks the question. And everybody is asked the question. How do we answer? We are either okay or not. Maybe the question refers to something relational. Maybe something about work or health, or you-name-it. But regardless of the situation, I think what we are trying to get at is: Are you going to come out of it alive and well?
Are you okay? We ask because we care, and because we want the best for each other. No matter what, we don’t want the ones we care about to lose heart.If Paul the Apostle had been asked the question as he was writing to the Christians at Ephesus, he probably would have answered, “Yes, I am okay.” Even while he was suffering for their sake and for the Gospel, still Paul believed that God’s purposes were being fulfilled. He saw himself as a servant who was working according to the grace that had been given to him; Paul both understood and accepted the conditions under which he was laboring by the power of God. And God’s plan was going forward, even though Paul found himself imprisoned and awaiting an uncertain personal future. However, God’s future was the only future that mattered. He knew. And we know. And as God’s purposes in Jesus Christ are fulfilled, we the Church are all okay.
Paul completes the thought: For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth takes its name. I pray that, according to the riches of His glory, He may grant that you may be strengthened in your inner being with power through His Spirit, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted and grounded in love. I pray that you may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
Now to Him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen (Ephesians 3: 14-21.)I believe that the Church is going to be okay. Thank you, Jesus.
Grace and Peace, Pastor Stan