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Words From Pastor Peggy
Are you planning a party? You may be lonely or have too many people around; secure or overwhelmed; or you may have worked all you life and still just barely getting by. When you are all alone and accept negativity as your normal life style and you may need comfort. You may want a security blanket like Linus in the Peanuts cartoon. Linus has one thumb in his mouth while he carries his blanket in his other hand. As we go about life, we choose for ourselves many types of security blankets. When we must take care of bad situations, and we just can’t handle them, and we struggle with our faith, we pick up one of those security blankets and oftentimes, we carry it to our own pity party. There are ungodly, wealthy, and famous persons getting wealthier and wealthier while those others who faithfully follow Christ struggle. Seeing injustice…seeing others accomplish more may impress us or deep down inside we may be envious. Once we accept envy, we are lonesome. We are alone in our failures. You can see it all around…Other people…the ones who seem to do everything all wrong and yet live the life of luxury don’t sacrifice like you do. They don’t serve God and yet, they have it all and you have nothing in comparison…that’s when we sink low into self pity…that’s when you feel all alone. That’s enough for us to decide we need a party. it’s easy to plan a party…This party isn’t one where you fill the room with people. This party is a party of one…you only invite one person..Yourself…You need to be by yourself otherwise someone else might spoil your general intent…they may change your plans…those plans that must be just right for this party…this pity party. You are never completely alone. The key words in this question today are the words all alone! Jesus said in John 14:15-2115"If you love me, you will obey what I command. 16And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever— 17the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be[a] in you. 18I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. 20On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. 21Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him."How could you enjoy your loneliness when Jesus promises to send you a comforter? If Jesus knew the importance of not being alone, we must take notice.you are invited to listen to our radio ministry at 8:06 am every sunday on KOKC 1520 AM. (Following five minutes of National News)While you are having breakfast, a cup of coffee or getting ready for church I want to encourage you to listen to our Sunday morning radio program. You will hear a different sermon and words of inspiration but the same scripture and topic as Sunday’s church service. The Good News is the best of all possible worlds. If you are temporarily ill or home centered the Word of God can come to you at home, by tuning in to 1520 AMSermon: Rev. Peggy D. Farris Moment of inspiration: Pastor Loretta PayneHealth tips: Pastor Marilyn Lanphier, Theme song, producer, and announcer: Mandy Stevens Announcers: David Jackson and Bryce Farris.