Encouragement From the Elders

Matthew 6:19-21 certainly comes into focus when we see the devastation that hurricane Michael has brought. “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth…for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” This week as I see the before and after satellite photos of Mexico Beach, I have looked around my house with a different attitude. What do we have that is really that important? If all of our things were spread over a 10 mile radius by a storm, in the long run, what difference would it make?

Or does the storm cause you to think about Luke 12:15, where Jesus warned, “Be on your guard for all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” People who just lost their homes, cars and boats are learning what is essentially of value.

Thank you for your generous giving to the Hurricane Michael relief effort. You are a kind hearted, caring people! You know that in the short term, people need food, clothes, temporary shelter and to know that others care about them. We may not replace the antiques and keepsakes, the computers and luxury items that were lost, but we are lending a hand to people in distress.

As we prepare for Thanksgiving, let’s calibrate the standard by which we measure our blessings. God has blessed us with the ultimate blessing. He has drawn us to Himself. (John 6:44) He counts our faith as righteousness and has adopted us to be brothers and sisters of Jesus, the Messiah. He is building a permanent home for us. We share this hope and the comfort that comes from our fellowship in the church here at Northwest. 

Let’s pray for and support people in our community and in the Panhandle and around the world who need our help. Let us give thanks for the good that we see in the world. Let’s be thankful for Hurricane Michael’s reminder that we cannot count on our possessions to be there always. We can count on God, His love and His promises.

Thank you for your love and your generous giving. Thank you for your kindnesses to the people in Michael’s wake. I thank God for you and pray that He will bless you and keep you all close to Him and to each other and give you joy and peace. May this be a very special Thanksgiving for us all.