Pleasant Home UMC
Tuesday, September 02, 2014
Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors.
Combined worship service with Faith UMC, Gresham UMC,
Rockwood UMC at Red Sunset Park.
Worship starts at 11:00 am. Potluck after the service.
September to May
Worship Service 11:00 am
Hope you can join us.
From the Pastor’s Desk...
A story of a young man in an environment which he
described as “hostile.”
Although his parents loved him and gave him everything
he needed, he was blind and he did not realize
the love that his parents had for him. Hence, he
felt the necessity to please other people so that he
could gain their approval and receive the love that he
really needed. Since he did not have other siblings to
support him in this matter, he vigorously sought to
gain love from other people. He thought that gaining
other people’s love would make him feel complete
and he would be more confident and his self-esteem
will be sky high. However, he had to learn the hard
way that whatever he did to please other people, he
still felt miserable inside. In addition, people would
never be happy no matter how hard he tried. Thus,
he became deeply depressed and hopeless and he
didn’t know how to get out of this abyss until he read
Romans 11:6 “And without faith it is impossible to
please Him, for whoever would draw near to God
must believe that He exists and that He rewards
those who seek Him.” Although he felt miserable in
his heart, this verse gave him hope.
In our spiritual journey during this life, sometimes
we ignore or forget that God loves us. We forget that
He sent His Son Jesus Christ to die for our sins. We
forget He has paid the price so that we can be free!
However, we vigorously try to find something or
someone in this world to fulfill what God alone can
do. The world can lure us away from the will of God
but we continue to walk in that part thinking that
someday we’ll find what we need in the world. We
don’t have to look far to prove this truth that we live in
a falling world and nothing in this world can offer to fill
that kind of love within our hearts. All we have to do
is turn on the television to see what kind of world we
live in. We live in a world riddled with conflicts not
only among nations but we experience domestic conflicts
within our nation. We see conflicts between parents
and children and other family members. Perhaps
it’s time for us to consider what should take priority
in our lives. God has kept within us a desire to look for
Him and if we continue to look for the world to fulfill this
longing, we will never find out what God has in store for
us. God says that there is only one thing that pleases
Him which is faith. We must believe His word to be true
because God communicates to us through His word, and
we must believe that He exists and pervades our actions,
thoughts and space. When we do that He rewards those
who seek Him. God smiles when we believe.