Hope at the Beach Newsletter – February 2018

Go in Peace…Surf the Lord

 “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, do not resist an evildoer. But if anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other also; and if anyone wants to sue you and take your coat, give your cloak as well; and if anyone forces you to go one mile, go also the second mile.  Give to everyone who begs from you, and do not refuse anyone who wants to borrow from you.

In today’s culture it is easy to forget or ignore this passage from scripture. It is easier to take the road of ignorance and intolerance then to allow the Holy Spirit to transform our base nature into a nature of love and forgiveness. As we move towards the Lenten season let us take a moment to look with humble eyes at our ever-changing attitudes concerning our neighbors, those who think differently than we do and even our own predisposed belief systems. Let us offer our other cheek, give our cloak without payback, go the extra mile and give not just to the poor, but to all who may have a need. Then let us examine our walk with Christ and see if we have grown in our walk with the Lord.

If we are offended by something on the news, or by a word from a friend, or if an enemy raises their hand against us, let us be strengthen by God to withstand the onslaught of negative hate and let God’s overwhelming love and forgiveness prevail. This will be one of the themes we will be focusing on this Lent. Please join us in our spiritual journey toward the cross.

Yes, my dear friends, by the grace of God I am back! A little paler, a bit weaker, but growing stronger. Three weeks ago, was the first week back and I want to thank Pastor James for keeping the fire of Christ alive as I have had these challenges. Also, Mike Bradley the head of the ARC was with us and what a joy to know that we are part of a national group of churches whose only call is to pray for and lift up their sisters and brothers in Christ. As we continue to grow and move forward in faith as Hope at the Beach please continue to pray for us and each other and hold us in your hearts. Let God’s glory reign in our hearts and lives.

Pastor James