Open hearts. Open minds. Open doors.
Annandale United Methodist
Thursday, November 15, 2018
To generously share God's love with everyone we meet

Baker's Yeast

What will the kingdom of heaven be like? Will there be ice cream? Will there be pets? Will we have everything we have ever desired? I hope so, to all of these things, however we just don’t know. Our desires may even change once we reach the other side. One thing I know, being in the eternal presence of God, we will all be content. That isn’t a very “dynamic” description, it’s not very exciting, but, in all honesty, it sounds pretty good to me. 
We pray for Christ’s Kingdom to come on earth, as it is in heaven. Were that to happen in our lifetime, I believe we would experience complete contentment. I hope it does happen in our lifetimes, but for it to happen, we must do our part. We must let go of some of the selfish desires that have become so much a part of our lives.
During the next month, our stewardship sermon series will focus on our desires. How do we best bring our desires for ourselves and our families into alignment with Christ’s desires for us? That is the million dollar question. Correction, it is the eternal question.
The latest information shows that graduates leave college owing an average of $37,000. The average US family carries over $16,000 in credit card debt. We spend over 25% of our income on housing, and the average car loan is over $30,000, with a monthly payment of over $500. Is it any wonder why there is so much pressure on us to try to make ends meet? 
Join us in worship, and in our weekly book study, as we examine what the scriptures tell us about how we can best work to align our lives with Christ’s desires for us. You see, I believe we all want to give more of our selves to support the work of Christ’s kingdom. But, we struggle to see how we can possibly make it all work.
As we examine the stories in scripture this coming month, we pray that Christ would guide us to better live out the three gospel imperatives that our church is focusing on this year. 
Grow in love of God and neighbor (The great Commandment) Matthew 22:37-40
Reach new people (The great Commission) Matthew 28:19-20
Heal a broken world (The Great Proclamation) Luke 4:16-21
May the Spirit of Christ guide us, as we seek to live our lives in a way that is pleasing to the Lord. I’ll see you in worship, if not before.
May God’s Kingdom come, on earth as it is in heaven, and have a blessed day!
Pastor Paul D. Baker