February is our month to emphasize Gateway Rescue Mission. They have been serving the homeless and hungry in Jackson for many years. They are following the words of Jesus found in Matthew 25:35-40... Jesus is speaking to his followers; "I was hungry and you gave me meat; thirsty and you gave me drink; a stranger and you took me in; naked and you clothed me; sick and you visited me; in prison and you came to me." Then the righteous answered Him saying "when did we see you hungry and fed you; or thirsty and gave you drink; a stranger and took you in; naked and clothed you; or sick and visited you or in prison and came to you?" And He answered them, "Inasmuch as you have done it unto one of the least of these, you have done it unto me."
I believe when we support their ministry in this way, then we too are doing it unto Jesus. So I encourage you to support this Bible-based ministry to the needy of Jackson.
Every year we have had a monthly mission project giving us to show the love of God to others. We will let you know how you can share the love of Christ through our church mission efforts each month. In the meantime, look for ways God could use you to share his love.
In March we will be collecting items for the seamen and women who come into the port of New Orleans and visit the Seaman Center or Port Ministry. This we have been doing in March for years now. The missionaries who work there have a wonderful opportunity to share the good news of Jesus with everyone who comes into the Center - people from all over the world. They give them a bag of personal hygiene items, since many of them have been on the sea for weeks or months; feed them a meal; and share Jesus with them.
God's Thoughts and Our Thoughts
Forgiveness - Peter said to Jesus how many times shall I forgive my brother, seven times? Seven was the perfect number and when he had forgiven a man seven times, his duty was done. Peter probably thought he was being generous but the Lord's reply staggered him. "not seven times, but seventy times seven." We see the difference between man's thoughts about forgiveness and God's.
The Psalmist says that there are times when our sins take hold of us so that we are not able to look up. When we feel they are more than the hairs on our head, our hearts fail us - times when we feel we are past hope. Isaiah reminds us that when with all our heart we truly seek Him, we shall surely find Him. And if we return unto the Lord, He will abundantly pardon. You gotta love that!
We live in a glorious world... the color, the beauty, the seasons. It was so imagined in the eternal mind of God, once perfect, but when man sinned the curse fell on man and woman and the earth... flowers withered, the trees dropped their leaves, pestilence of insects and the savage, wild beasts. All because of the rebellion of man. And so human nature is not what God originally had planned. We find a struggle living in a fallen world, against pain and suffering and disease. In heaven there are none of these things. God's plan is that we live is such a place again one day, but we cannot without acknowledging His Son Jesus as Savior and Lord and God. O glorious day! Again, God's thoughts vs man's thoughts.
For as the heavens are high above the earth, so are my thoughts higher than your thoughts and my ways, than your ways.
Remember God will always love you; he always has and always will. He showed how much he loved you when he sent his only begotten Son into the world to pay for your sins and mine. Tell him you know you are not good enough to get to heaven on your own good works. Tell him you need him to forgive you and come into your life and be your Savior and Lord today. On the authority of His Word, he will come in.