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A Message from Pastor David Williamson

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January:  A New Year's Message from the Pastor


       I saw a bumper sticker on a car the other day: "If Going to Church Makes You a Christian, Does Going to a Garage Make You a Car?"

 

       The answer, of course, is no.

 

     But a car needs to go to a garage at regular intervals for maintenance.  For instance, I just bought 4 new tires with a 45,000 mile warranty.  Knowing how warranties typically work, I figure I'll have to replace those tires after about 46,000 miles of driving.  Is that a hard and fast rule?  No.  And if I change the tires sooner, it certainly won't hurt the car (just my wallet!).  But if I go too long without changing the tires, I will probably have an accident.

 

     The same thing applies to our souls.  Our owner's manual, the Bible, says we need weekly maintenance.  "Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.  Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God" (Exodus 20:8-9) is one of the Ten Commandments.

 

     Will God send lightning bolts down if we miss a Sunday now and then?  Of course not.  But if we neglect the care of the feeding of our souls too long, we most assuredly do damage to our spiritual health.

 

     We need to regularly interact with God's Word, the faith we have inherited, and our sisters and brothers in Christ.  It's how we mature (Ephesians 4:13) in our relationship with our Heavenly Father and one another.

 

     The writer of the letter to the Hebrews wrote, "Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another..."  (Hebrews 10:25).

 

     I invite you to make and keep a New Year's resolution to take better care of your soul by making Hawker Church a priority on your calendar and in your checkbook this year.  And be sure to invite a friend or two!

 

 

    

Yours in Christ,

 

~~~Pastor David Williamson

 

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