Happy Valentine’s day from Vickie and me. I know that this is late but I got busy and just didn’t get this letter out. You know how it is, don’t you? I mean snow came, clothes had to be washed, meals cooked and as a pastor I had sermons to do and people to see, calls to make. I was just busy.
All of us make excuses and tend to procrastinate at one time or another. But this letter is not on procrastination or even about Valentine’s day. I believe that I do not need a special day on the calendar to let my wife know that I love her. I should do it every day. I also believe that we can make all the excuses we want for not getting something done, but the bottom line is this, the task doesn’t get done.
Aren’t you glad that God never makes excuses? When He says something is going to be done it will be. Yes, it will be in his time and in his way but it will be done. But aren’t you even more glad that God did use one special day to say that He loves all mankind? That day was 2000 plus years ago when He allowed His Son Jesus to go to the cross of Calvary for our sins. John 14: 13 states it this way,” Greater love has no one than this, that He lay down his life for his friends.” Mark 10:45 states, “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.” One special day, a day in which we call it “Good Friday”, the Son of God went willingly to the cross of Calvary to die for our sins. No act of love has been greater since the creation of this world.
And because of that one day, another special day came three days later. We call it Easter. Jesus the Son of God, died on the cross but 3 days later the resurrection happened and He lives today! Hallelujah we have a Living Savior ready to come again to claim his children. This Easter celebrate the risen Savior. If you don’t know who He is, we will be glad to introduce you to the Savior, Jesus. Then you will have that ones special day; the day you became a child of God.
No, my wife doesn’t need any special day on a calendar to know that I really do love her. But mankind did need that one special day to be delivered from our sins. Praise God, Jesus loves us that much.
Hope to see you Sunday
Dr. Howard L. Ruley
What can you do with a potato? You can mash it, bake it, fry it, boil it, put it in a salad, scallop it and many more ways that I don’t know. But what do you do with 27 fifty pound bags of potatoes? That is a question that we had to deal with at the Parkway church.
The Hopehill Methodist Church has a trailer load of potatoes brought down from Maine and they share it with other churches. We were blessed with the opportunity to share these potatoes with those in the Frederick community like the soup kitchen, family members, 6 different cultural groups and the San Mar Girls Home. But the greatest was that at least 375 pounds went into small bags and distributed by our members to their neighbors. Our hope is that these become spiritual seeds and it leads families to Christ and to the church.
But it’s only a potato, right?
Mark 9:41 states that if you give a cup of cold water in the name of Jesus you will not lose your reward. If this works for a cup of water shouldn’t it work for a potato also?
Let’s go back to the Bible.
Millions upon millions of bulls, sheep, goats, doves and pigeons were sacrificed for the sins of the Jews. But the Bible teaches us that that was not enough; there had to be something better for all mankind. Hallelujah there was. One man, named Jesus, was willing to be the sacrifice for all mankind’s sins. That is the joy in which we celebrate this Easter Season.
If one man could die (and rise again) to take away the sins of the world, then maybe one potato can bring someone to the awareness that they need this man Jesus. Remember anything done in Jesus’ Name will never go void.
Hope to see you Sunday.
Dr. Howard L. Ruley
Pastor; Parkway Community Church