September 2018 Pastors Corner

 


After Christ’s ascension into heaven: “The apostles returned to Jerusalem … they went to the room upstairs where they were staying, Peter, and John, and James, and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James son of Alphaeus, and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James. All these were constantly devoting themselves to prayer, together with certain women, including Mary the mother of Jesus, as well as his brothers.”   Acts 1:12-14

 

It might be helpful to think of the Apostle James, son of Alphaeus, as “Good ol’ Jim” (and his dad as “Alfie”.) J Sometimes this apostle is identified in Christian tradition [see Mark 15:40] as James-the-Younger. Truthfully, though, we know very little about him. “Good ol’ Jim!” Jim is such a common name today. It was in Jesus’ time too. James was so common, in fact, even people 1900 years ago could (and did) get the various James-es of the Bible confused.

 

People with common names like Jim or Bob, Mary or Sue can feel overlooked, because they don’t have a signature name. Parents choose alternative spellings of frequently used names to set their kids apart. It’s small wonder then (in this age of social media) that many people come up with creative, online personas like: “Jackovercandlestick” or ShopTillMaryDrops@....

 

Back in Jesus’ time people with common names, like James, were often identified with their father’s name, to help avoid confusion. Such was the case with James son of Alphaeus, one of the original Twelve disciples turned apostles. Even that doesn’t always prevent confusion, though, especially for those of us reading the Bible centuries later.

 

Still, as little as we know about this James, we can learn from him about our own daily walk with Jesus. Like the other apostles, after Christ’s ascension into heaven, good ol’ Jim devoted himself to praying with other people. Sure, he was just one face in the crowd. But he knew he was still important – he still mattered. Do you ever feel like just a face in the crowd, even on Sunday mornings, and even in our small church? Do you ever feel like you don’t matter? Do such feelings tempt you to stay away from weekly worship? If so – please don’t let them! You DO matter. Just being with you in worship and fellowship IS a blessing!

 

Being plain ol’ Jim didn’t stop St. James-the-Younger (or whoever he was) from keeping up regular worship and fellowship with other, more well-known Christian leaders. If James (Jim) could do that, way back then, then you and I can do it too. See you on Sunday! J

 

A St. Jim (son of Alfie) Prayer for Today: Lord Jesus, we live in a time when many crave attention, fame, even notoriety. We have powerful, yet dangerous technology to make that happen. Help us be more like this James, content to live and serve you alongside other Christians, without the headaches that often come with living in the public eye. Amen.

 

                                                                                    Pastor John

                            

 

                                                                                                                       

                                                                                                          

 

September 18, 2018

 

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Team Miltona's Harvest Pack to Fight Hunger

Saturday, October 20th

9:30 a.m.

Miltona Community Center

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