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Pastor's Paragraph by Joshua A. Steely

May 2014

   We do not often enough or profoundly enough think about the very basic truth of the greatness of God. To this we can probably credit much of our worldliness, our lukewarm spirituality, our poverty of joy, our deficiency of faith – that we do not dwell as we ought on the greatness of God. If we as Christians grasped the thousandth part, the millionth part of just how magnificent and splendid and holy and beautiful God is, I think that we would be completely overcome, and our worship would have a passion and our mission a fervor that we cannot now imagine. May God, in His mercy, make it so.

   The prophet Isaiah was given words from the Lord to declare to the people, and among the words he was given are some places where God declares his greatness and uniqueness. “I am God, and there is no other” the Lord says in Isaiah 46.9, “I am God, and there is none like me.” This is powerful, in part because many people contend that God is not unique. They challenge the uniqueness of God when they follow other gods, whether literally in a pluralistic view of religions or figuratively in searching for happiness in other places than in God. All such pursuit of other gods is idolatry, and it is empty and can only result in pain in the end; for there is one God who created the heavens and the earth, One God who can save us, set us free, forgive us, and deliver us through all this life into eternal joy in His presence. He is God, and there is no other; He is God, and there is none like Him.

God's grace be with you,
Pastor Josh

Pastor Josh Steely and wife Kate


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