Hello friends….are you ready for spring yet? I sure am and I will painfully tell you why. This past Saturday I went for a walk around the church and during my walk my propane tank was being filled.  As I made my second lap around the church my tank was filled and I was handed the bill.  I told the gentlemen, “Thank you” and I kept on walking.  As I was walking, I opened up my bill and my walk came to an abrupt stop when I saw how much I owed! $489.00 dollars!!!  I think I am ready for spring!! LOL!!

As I write this blog today, I just delivered yesterday my second sermon in my ten week sermon series entitled, “Committed.” It is my heart felt prayer that we at Long’s Chapel Church would be more committed to God and the things of God as the New Year begins.  I love how Pastor Charles Stanley defines the word commitment.  He said, “I will do what you want me to do.  I will do anything, anytime and anywhere.  You name it Lord Jesus and I will do it.  I will answer, yes, yes, yes!”  I just love that don’t you?

My first sermon in my “Committed” series focused on Matthew 22:37-38.  I humbly believe Jesus Christ taught us the first step we need to take on being more committed to God.  In Matthew 22:37-38, Jesus said, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.  This is the great and first commandment.”

If you and I are serious about being committed to God it starts in Matthew 22:37-38.  Jesus says to love God with all your heart, soul and mind! I humbly believe the key word in these verses is the word, “all”.    That you and I love God with all our heart, all our soul and with all our mind.  Listen, God does not want a piece of our heart, a piece of our soul, a piece of our mind. God wants us to give it all.  He wants us to love Him with everything we have.  Our love for Christ should be the driving force behind everything we do! We sacrifice for Jesus because we love Him, we give, because we love Him, and we serve, because we love Him. We follow Him, because we love Him. So yes, everything that you and I do should be motivated because we love Christ with all of our heart.

The second sermon in my “Committed” series focused on Matthew 22:39-40.  Jesus said, “And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.  All the Law and Prophets hang on these two commandments.” I believe Jesus is very clear in these verses: Loving God and Loving your neighbor goes hand and hand. You and I can’t love God if with don’t love our neighbor? Now the next obvious question, who is our neighbor? Well, the Bible says in the Old Testament and New Testament the word “neighbor” means the same thing, everybody.  Everybody is your neighbor. When Christ says neighbor he means everybody. Everybody!

One of my favorite parables in the Bible is the parable of the Good Samaritan.  In Luke 10:30-35.  Jesus gives you and me a wonderful illustration on how we should love our neighbor.  We see in verses 34-35 five acts of compassion the Samaritan did for the Jewish man: 1) He covered his wounds with bandages.  2) The Samaritan sat the Jewish man on his own animal and he walked alongside him.  The Jewish man rode and he walked. The Samaritan took him to an inn and took care of Him.  He did not leave the man in the Inn all by himself he stayed there with him and took care of him.  He stayed with him to help nurse him back to health. 4) Anything this man needed the Samaritan provided, food, sleep, comfort water and anything else he needed.  He stayed with him all night.  5) And the fifth thing this Samaritan did for the Jewish man and I think it is pretty amazing.  He took two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper and said to him, “Take care of him” and whatever more you spend when I come again I will repay you. In Jesus’s day two denarii equaled two full days worth of wages.  This Samaritan gave the Inn keeper enough money to cover two months room and board.  And the Samaritan told the Inn keeper if you need more, I will cover it.  Amazing!! I hope you and your family will be able to join us for the rest of my sermon series. 

February 4th after the 11:00 a.m. worship service we are having our “Souper Bowl” fundraiser lunch for Allied Churches of Alamance County Shelter.  If you love soup, grilled cheese sandwiches and delicious desserts, you do not want to miss this! Donations will be taken.  Please come and help support a worthy cause.   

And finally, Long's Chapel Christian Church is having our world famous Brunswick Stew Sale on February 17.  Our delicious stew only cost $8.00 a quart.  Please let me know by February 11 how many quarts you want.  Pick up will be on February 17 between 8:00-10:00 a.m. in the fellowship hall. I promise our stew will not disappoint you.  Stew orders can also be placed on our website.  

We have so many great things coming up this fall at Long’s Chapel Christian Church.  Please refer to the church bulletin, church Facebook page and church website for all upcoming activities that you don’t want to miss!

If you do not have a church home, we would love for you to join us on Sunday mornings at Long’s Chapel Christian Church for worship.  We are proud to offer two services to choose from: 8:30 a.m. (contemporary) or 11:00 a.m. (traditional). We look forward to having you worship our Lord with us!