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)l8 JD or 3Y C8 30 er (D August l5, 2018 PASTOR'S CORNER by Rev. Keith Harris Why are Christians do-gooders? ome people wonder why Christians seem to be such do-gooders. Why do they try to help those in need? Why do Christians get involved in things like Kingdom Builders, the Circle of Care, Habi- tat for Humanity, food distribu— tion, prison ministry, building hospitals, providing relief when disaster strikes around the world? Are they trying to earn a place in heaven? Are they trying to relieve their conscience for the things they have done wrong? Christians are not trying to earn a place in heaven. Chris- tians know that on our own, no one could ever be good enough to deserve eternal life. Eternal life is a free gift pur- chased for us through Jesus Christ. On our part Jesus requires that we trust him. Jesus said, “Whoever trusts in me has eternal life.” Christians are not trying to relieve their consciences; they are free to love because their consciences have already been cleansed. They have been freely forgiven by God. After being forgiven by God, they seek to make right with others whom they have wronged. But more importantly, Christians have been transformed by the Love of God. This Love of God, freely received, trans- forms the lives and entire perspective of Christians. The unconditional love of God affirms our infinite value and worth to the Creator of this universe. I John 3 says, “We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love abides in death. 15 Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer; and you know that no murderer has eternal life abid- ing in him. 16 We know love by this, that He laid down His life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the breth— ren. But whoever has the world’s goods, and sees his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him?” The love of God freely received produces tremendous gratitude within our hearts. There is no other attitude which gives such peace, such joy, and such gener- osity of spirit. C. S. Lewis said, “It is only with gratitude that life becomes rich.” The grace of God, when humbly and freely “V' KEITH HARRIS received produces this rich grati- tude in our heart. The love of God, freely received, changes our entire world view. Prior to receiv- ing God’s gift, my entire world centered around me. When I allowed Christ into my life, I began to realize this world revolves around Him, the creator of this . world, not me. When we realize how much we have been forgiven, it becomes easy to forgive the inexcusable in others. Forgiveness frees the one who forgives. It does not let the other person off the hook. The other person may not even know we are upset. They may be sleeping soundly while we are seething. They are not on the hook. We are on the hook Forgiveness lets us off the hook. Jesus said, “By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” Rev. Keith Harris is pastor of M r. Zion United Methodist Church, 40 Rumble Road, Smarr. The Pastors Corner is sponsored by the Monroe County Ministerial Association, which meets on the second Thursday of each month at am. at The Pickled Okra, W. Johnston St. on the Square. ,tvt...r.2..5~. v ;_ Mt. Pleasant Baptist "Chianti strainers, l its Annuai Homecoming Service onSun- '. s ‘ will deliver the homecoming .mBmgé, life i Vival wilt begin Monday, Alig. :iSéWednes-V. ; ; dog/Aug, 15m 7330 pinnighily. Regiso , seams andihe‘lessie Hail baptist alumna; , : «neurons wratlsyiaha‘ise.sij . i. ,4 , cry Baptist Church family. invite. everyone to 2 Srindoy, Aug. :i24fo'ré the Annuolfsfiomecoms Revival will be Monday'-Wednesday, Aug: ’ Rehoboth Bible'Cburith‘injAlbony wlilbeihé ; ' ._ guest‘miniSt'er-y‘flprthelkrgeygval; Iv v Inning:- 17»: .f »Qteqteti‘firiendship Baptist Church. 3242 . , “ DeniesFe-frry Road,.-Fors'yih willfhost Home? I 0 , coming Revival Services. Homecoming \ twill befiondoy. AQQJQ‘thl. am. Pastor \ , , W : Cleveland Harrellvvtll deliver the message, :“ 1: ‘4 ‘ \Revival'sér‘wcesiwill behetdeug. 2Q~22fi§ “i ,. 7:30pithnightlyPasiorzCorheit ohdthe: i. . ‘ 1 be guests-Allow my ’Ailfore Welchmel '. i ,_ , hard on SundoyfiAug, 39. Quad Speaker is x . ‘Fosiorrlack: Gatlin. covered dish meal Will- .fi, he shared in the FelloWsh : ; lolloWingil‘heworship ’1 the sanctuary duringhheéaltérnoon,0 " i titanium-«swipedom' at Rock» ,~ Popular multiéadveségward winning Chris , recording artist The Mbrtins'wtll» be at/th‘ Fuse” i L 115mm: church calendariiéin n“ am. Church information ‘ A rage Revival day, Aug. l? at ll om. Rev. Hasle‘Woters ‘ £9635 tented be guestsior the week. Eve. join ingworslitpping and praisinggtheiordid ing Day Service starting Vat-ll turn. Pastor: Rev. Rufus Whotley will deliver .ihejrnessagef with servicesvstortingafZBO plmi; , nightly. Rev. Christopher D. O'Bryant of the \ ‘ thus 0 P. shaver» ~;‘..»:Hrghwarai. Lundv chapel Baptist Church of Maconwill _. ‘ :Hcpawumnc ; p The Hopewell-United Marinara Churchifam " iiy witliceiebmie lisznnuoif Homecoming .,Snnday,;gug 19 atalhomilkevivai memes _, i ‘ . Kg‘Wiilsiollow on Monday}20‘-Wédne5day._ \ . :1 "Aug; 22 at pm. nig‘htlyifRev. Jimmy Lyons of -~ :Barnesvillefwillbemagnesiaer the news/gr: ‘y i ' new ‘2 First of Ed“: 451bHomocon1in9- _‘C‘ .fi, ‘ first Baptist Chorch of Higthalls, High; . Falls Road, was founded Aug. ‘25:); 1973 When nine people: met. intihe front yard‘of M5 3 and Mrs. J. T. Mitchellis homeon Ruby Road Come celebrate». 45 Years of Praising’hur I. oil immediately: ‘, whichshegéns: f espei snng in at ll «anti; and: therefiill .9 slam- Rock Springs Church; 239 Rock Springs: l .. l9 featured do“ dlonothanMarii haveienio , d-countlessradio hits ondp n n : engli i A oycé Anchor of Hope Foundation Executive Director Carrie Owen and Board Member Tracee Paris accept a grant from CGEMC Foundation. CGEMC Foundation gives Anchor of Hope $2,500 ‘ Central Georgia EMC Foundation/ Operation Roundup has given $2,500 to Anchor of Hope Foundation, Inc., a Christian organization providing financial and spiritual support, encouragement, community resources, and services to families who have a child with a developmental disability. It will use the funds for its Supplemental Care Scholarship Program. The program awards $250 annually to a child or family facing “a developmental disability diagnosis. This grant is made possible through the generosity of Central Georgia Electric Mem— bership Corporation customer-owners who voluntarily elect to have their electric bills rounded up to the next dollar. The donated amount averages about 50 cents per month for each participating customer-owner. The Central Georgia EMC Foundation Board of Directors distributes the funds to qualifying charities in the CGEMC community. , The CGEMC Foundation is accepting applications, available at the CGEMC office, 923 S. Mulberry St., Jackson or online at www.cgemccom. 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