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Rev. Ernesto Sanchez. his wife Ivette, their 21 year old daughter Jelixa, and 17 year old son Abdiel are now part of Axe Memorial UMC.

 

Pastor's Corner - Hope In Past Mercies

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Hope In Past Mercies

Dear Family in Christ,

 This time of year provides lots of opportunities to stop and reflect on the months that have gone by and to think about what is still ahead. If it’s the Lord will, we will live to see in 2016. Wow! Every review of the past affirms to the truthfulness of the great hymn by Puritan pastor, Samuel Rutherford, “With mercy and with judgment my web of time He wove, and, yes, the dews of sorrow were lustered with His love. ("The Sands of Time Are Sinking") I agree that we cannot live without some level of regrets. The presence of sin in the world and in our hearts means that we have not yet finished a day in which everything we did was exactly right. We cannot live as a Christian without the thanksgiving that overshadows the sorrows. Think of it; when you look back over your life, you see many reasons to praise and thank the Lord for His grace and goodness to you. We see how He has been faithful in keeping His promises and how gracious in dealing with us kindly. Past mercies help undergird our present hope for the future. As we consider God's ways with us over the last twelve months, we are encouraged to trust Him for whatever He brings into our lives in the year ahead. As we consider how the Lord has helped us thus far, we are strengthened in our faith to depend on Him as we move into the future. Past grace guarantees future grace. The foundation of this hope is found in Romans 8:32. "He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?" Paul is saying to us, "Look back at all that God has done in giving us Jesus Christ." He did not spare Him, which is a calculated way of reminding us that He did send Him to the horrible death on the cross. God "delivered Him up" to that painful and shameful death so that we, His people, could have our sins forgiven and lives transformed. If God did not spare even His Son in order to provide for us, how can we think for even a moment that He would fail to give us anything we need in the future? The cross of Jesus Christ guarantees that God will graciously provide for us all that we need both in this life and the life to come. That is why Jesus Christ came to earth. That is why He was born. So as you celebrate Christmas, with whatever traditions and activities you and yours enjoy, take advantage of the opportunity to praise God afresh for the great, what Paul calls the "unspeakable," gift of His Son. If you have Christ you can be sure that, from your heavenly Father's kind hand, you have and will have everything you need. Have a blessed and merry Christmas! In Christ, —Pastor Ernesto Sanchez

1 John 4:16

So we have known and believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them.