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DEVOTIONS


The Bridge to New Life in 2017 by REV. KINSLER


T THE STROKE of midnight on


every


December 31 we will cross the bridge from the memories of 2016 into the yet uncharted reality of a new year. For the folks who use US HWY 378, 2017


promises to be a banner year. There will be three new bridges within a five mile stretch of road over the Little River, Savannah River, and Soap Creek. The importance of bridges cannot be over stated. They overcome obstacles, provide access, and save time.


Lutheran Church By The Lake Highway 378 & Twelve Oaks Drive


Welcome to


Sunday Morning - 8:15 & 10:15am Sunday School Adults - 9:15am


Youth Fellowship Wednesday - 4:15pm


Pastor Jim Kinsler 864-391-3000 lcbtl@wctel.net


“Building relationships with God and neighbors”


There are many examples of bridges that are engineering marvels which combine artistic form with practical function. The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, the Mackinaw Bridge in Michigan, and even the Ravenel Bridge in Charleston are all good examples. But none of these come close to the greatest bridge that has even been constructed, the cross of Jesus Christ.


Sun 11 am


The Rev. Robert Sayer, pastor 3:30 - 4:30


The obstacle that separates humanity from our holy God and creator is known as sin. The rebellious nature of men and women of all times and places is expressed by Paul in Romans 3:23, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Sin is that great chasm caused by human selfishness that has eroded the closeness to God and our neighbors. No matter how we try we cannot by our own efforts overcome this gulf. This struggle is conveyed later in Romans 7: “So I find it to be a law that when I want to do what is good,


evil lies close at hand. For I delight in the law of God in my inmost self, but I see in my members another law at war with the law of my mind, making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members.”


Paul asks and answers the vital question about building this bridge back to God and our neighbors in Romans 7:24 - 25, “Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!” Jesus Christ is bridge builder and the cross is the superstructure that allows us access to our God. It is on the cross that the penalty for sinful action is paid. This bridge is not built without expense. Our sinful actions and nature have cost our God dearly, the life of his Son. It is through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus we now have free access to the gift of new life.


Continuing in Roman’s 8 Paul reminds us God has held nothing back to achieve the gift of our salvation, “What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us; who is against us? He who did not withhold his own Son, but gave him up for all of us... For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things, to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” The bridge has been built, the cost has been paid, and there is nothing left to separate from God. Whether it be New Year’s Day or any day, the time is now to live in the salvation of our God.•


SCHEDULE OF SERVICES Sunday


9:45 am Sunday School 10:45 am Morning Worship Kids Church


6:00 pm Evening Worship Royal Rangers, Mpact Girls*


Wednesday


6:30 pm Kids Community Outreach Kids Choir, Youth Service*


7:00 pm Adult Bible Study 8:00 pm Sanctuary Choir Practice*


Co-Pastors Lanis J. Lewis & Terry K. Bonds *Contact church office for summer schedule


328 May Avenue w P.O. Box 457 w Lincolnton, Ga. 30817 w (706) 359-7237 www.firstaglincolnton.org w office@firstaglincolnton.org


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Savannah Lakes Village and the McCormick area have several places of


worship for community involvement and spiritual needs.


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