Pastors’ Update 7-13-2018

Hi Everyone and Happy Sabbath!

In his book, More Beautiful Than Before: How Suffering Transforms Us, Steve Leder, states the three most difficult phrases in the English language are, “I am sorry, I was wrong.”, "Please forgive me.”, and “You are forgiven.” It’s true isn’t it? These simple, short phrases are often so challenging for us, as carnal human beings, to say to one another. How often do we say these very important phrases? Do we say them to our mates? Do we say them to our children? Do we say them to our family members? Do we say them to our brethren, friends and co-workers? When was the last time you remember saying these simple, yet so important phrases?

Of course Rabbi Leder’s comments remind me of what Jesus Christ said in Matthew 6:14-15, “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” Our relationship with God depends very heavily on our relationship with others! Let’s make sure we rise to the challenge to use these “most difficult”, yet simple, phrases in our daily conversations.

Tomorrow is the second Sabbath of the month. Sabbath services will be held at 2:30 pm in Lodi, Anderson and Citrus Heights. Linda and I plan to be in Anderson for the Sabbath webcast services.