As many of you are aware, I have been teaching on a new series called “Family Matters.” We know our immediate family and broader Christian family matters but with the best of intentions we often take them for granted or allow our busy schedules to prohibit us from connecting with one another as often as we should. As I prepare to teach on lesson four of this series on Sunday, we all got a reminder on last Sunday of just how fragile life can be. As we experienced the tragic news surrounding the helicopter crash that resulted in nine people being killed, including legendary basketball player Kobe Bryant, our thoughts and prayers go out to all of these nine individuals and the sadness their family, friends and fans are experiencing.
This is a powerful reminder for us all about the importance of family and how unpredictable life is!!
One of the greatest gifts we can give God as well as our family and friends is by living a life where we are giving God our best effort as well as our family and friends. Now reflect for a moment and ask yourself, are you giving God your best effort as well as your family?
If we would all be honest with ourselves, we would say that on many occasions we often fall short in demonstrating our best effort for our families and for our Heavenly Father. A great lesson we can learn from Kobe Bryant’s life is that he wanted to be the best basketball player on the court every time he played the game. He always gave his best effort when he stepped on the court and put in the work to ensure he would be remembered among the greatest players to ever play the game. Obviously, he was blessed with great basketball ability. However, he had a tremendous work ethic to go along with that ability.
One of the principles we can all take away from Kobe’s life is giving God and our family our best effort every day that we wake up!!
Please implement this principle starting today and we will all be amazed at how much we will grow both personally and spiritually. Our families will be pleased as well since they will benefit the most from our transformation!!
Grace & Shalom!!
Pastor Perry Stuckey
Leslie GravesLetter from Pastor Stuckey on “Family Matters” and “Giving your Best in every Aspect of Your Life.”
I pray your New Year is off to an excellent start and you are staying focused and spiritually centered on what really matters!! Staying centered and spiritually focused requires effort and dedication. For me this means getting up early and spending appropriate time at the start of my morning in communion with God so the Holy Spirit can order my steps throughout the day. If you are like me, I need to be focused right from the very start of the day. Otherwise, I find myself being driven by the agenda of the day, which is often the source of a lot of our personal frustrations in life.
I started a new sermon series which is our theme as a church for 2020 “Family Matters”. Families are the foundation of the Christian life and God took a special interest in ensuring families were given a solid foundation starting with Adam and Eve in the garden. He granted them dominion over every creature and instructed them to be fruitful and multiply.
Satan recognized this special privilege and has waged a war on the family to disrupt our relationship with God. We must remain vigilant and alert as Christians to ensure we don’t become a casualty of Satan’s destructive influences on our families. Remember he is a crafty enemy of God and we can’t defeat him in our own strength!!
God selected us before the foundation of the world and adopted us into the family of God through His Son Jesus Christ and granted us the rights and privileges of heaven as adopted children. God made these provisions for us and bestowed His unmerited favor on us before we were born. The unfortunate tragedy is that many of us behave more like orphans instead of adopted sons and daughters of the King!!
As we unpack this new sermon series it is my sincere prayer and desire that you will become more enlightened about who you really are as a child of God and walk in the light and the privileges you have as sons and daughters of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
May you be inspired and encouraged by the sermon outline and PowerPoint slides from the introduction of this sermon series on “Family Matters!!”
Your Servant In Christ!!
Pastor Perry Stuckey
Leslie GravesLetter to Members and Friends 01-2020
As we find ourselves moving at warp speed and within six weeks of the close of another year, that might make us question on many fronts how much did we really accomplish of eternal value in 2019?? Let’s pause to “give thanks to the Holy One” who made our very existence possible.
Like many of you, I have found myself consumed by life issues and other work-related activities that in many ways take us off course or away from some of the things we love doing. I have not written to you for quite some time and wanted to get this note out before the Thanksgiving holiday to encourage you to pause and give thanks to the Kings of Kings and Lord of Lords who sacrificed His very life to give you the gift of eternal life!! Let’s take a moment out of our busy schedule and pause for a moment and reflect on what it means to give thanks. The Bible is filled with commands to give thanks to God (Psalm 106:1, 107:1, 118:1, I Chronicles 16:34). Most verses go on to list reasons why we should thank God, such as “His loves endures forever” (Psalm 136:3), “He is good” (Psalm 118:29), and “His mercy is everlasting” (Psalm 100:5). Thanksgiving and praise always go together. We cannot adequately praise and worship God without also being thankful.
Therefore, please take some time out of your busy schedule to pause and give thanks for all the awesome love God has bestowed upon you despite the challenges you have encountered during 2019. Feeling and expressing appreciation is good for us. Like any wise father, God wants us to learn to be thankful for all the gifts He has given us (James 1:17). It is in our best interest to be reminded that everything we have is a gift from Him. Please take a moment to inform your family during the Thanksgiving holiday just how grateful we should all be for the precious gifts God has given us!! Now allow me to thank you for all that you do around the world and for all of you who partner with us in this ministry from both within and outside the Tri-Cities!!