Pastor's Blog

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We’re a small church with a big heart, and there is certainly room for you here.  For many years our church’s slogan has been “A Church That Cares for Persons.”  We want it to be so much more than just a slogan.  Any friend of Jesus is a friend of ours, so we offer you a most cordial welcome in His name.  If we can be of spiritual help to you please feel free to contact us at 508-339-7047 or, better yet, join with us on Sunday at 10:00 A.M.  You may enter our church as a stranger, but we intend that you will leave it as a friend.

Many blessings to you through our Best Friend!

Yours in Him,

(Rev.) Peter A. Brown

Dear Followers of Christ,

During His forty days of temptation in the desert, Jesus fasted (Matthew 4: 1-2).  From that arose the time-honored tradition of giving something up—of “fasting,” as it were—for the forty days of Lent.  The more cynical side of me has sometimes wondered, “What good does it do to give up something for Lent which we have every intention of indulging in as soon as Lent is over?”  No doubt there is some value in the self-discipline itself, even if it gives way to self-indulgence at Easter.  But the spiritual benefit of denying ourselves petty comforts for a short time is limited.

There are, however, some things well worth giving up for Lent, and giving up for good at any time, for that matter.  For instance, why not consider giving up…

     …a grudge, remembering “Whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone; so that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses.” (Mark 11:25)

     …a less-than-wholesome TV, movie, or literature diet of violence-ridden, sex-saturated fare, remembering “Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” (Philippians 4:8)

     …gossip/criticizing/sharp-tongued retorts, remembering “Those who desire life and desire to see good days, let them keep their tongues from evil and their lips from speaking deceit.” (I Peter 3:10)

     …prevaricating/dissembling/waffling on the truth/being less than honest, remembering that we are to be “speaking the truth in love.” (Ephesians 4:15)

     …any impediment, remembering that we are to “lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us.” (Hebrews 12:1)

“Fast” like that and, come Easter, you’ll find yourself lighter, nimbler, more agile, and faster in this Christian race than you ever thought possible.  Why, you might even feel as though you had sprouted angel wings or something!

Go for the gold!

(Rev.) Peter A. Brown