Brothers and sisters,
Happy Monday to all! Yesterday we worshiped the One “who with a word created sun and moon and seas and sand.” We considered from Genesis 1 God the Creator. We learned God alone created and rules all there is. We learned God is separate and above His creation. Almighty God made the universe and all that is in it for Himself and His glory. We learned from Genesis 1 that we are not to worship the creation but the Creator alone. The universe is ordered according to God’s plans and purposes. We saw that God created men, women, boys, and girls in His image, and we are to see the image of God in every man, woman, boy and girl. We are to respect that image in every person and never denigrate it in any person. God’s highest creation, mankind, must learn that operating according to God’s plans and purposes will lead to human and creation flourishing and anything that deviates from His plans and purposes will lead to human and creation’s destruction. God charged us with caring for His creation and never abusing it. God charged mankind with populating the earth with offspring. We saw that God pronounced His creation “very good.” However, we also recognize that sin entered the world through mankind’s wrong choice and sin marred creation. Sin has distorted the image of God in each of us and has separated us from fellowship with God. God the Father had to send God the Son, Jesus, to pay the penalty for our sin so the image of God could be more fully restored in us and our fellowship with God renewed. A Savior had to save us from sin and begin to restore that image in us so creation could and will be ultimately restored.
We are considering updating the windows in the church building and are looking for estimates from responsible companies. If you have a recommendation, could you email that recommendation to me.
Remember to keep praying continually for each other.
Love being your pastor,
Bob Ray, Pastor, East Madison Baptist Church