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Pastor's Note
From the desk of Reverend John Sanders, Pastor

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Good morning. Wanda and I have been so warmly welcomed here in Levelland. Yes, the temperature has been hot, but that's not the warm welcome of which I am speaking. People took us to dinner when we first arrived in town; we lived in the Best Western for the first 11 nights in town and had a fruit basket waiting for us; there was food brought to the house for dinners the first nights we got into our new home; people helped us clean the house and unload the truck with our belongings – we have been warmly welcomed.

During the past three weeks we have shared about three important practices of our faith: to see our dear Lord more clearly, to love our dear Lord more dearly, and to follow our dear Lord more nearly each and every day. We shared the three simple rules of Methodism: to do no harm, to do good, and to stay in love with God. And, we shared the importance of allowing God to help us carry our burdens by yoking ourselves to Christ Jesus, and to remember that the greatest commandment does not say to love the Lord our God as we love ourselves, but rather to love the Lord our God with all of our heart, soul, mind and strength; the second is to love our neighbors as we love ourselves.

What does it mean to love God with all of our heart, soul, mind and strength? Our entire being is wrapped up in those four aspects: our heart is our emotional being; our soul is our spiritual being; our mind is our intellectual being; and our strength is our physical being. Thus, we are to love God with our entire being – our emotions, spirits, thoughts and actions. We are to be totally involved with God in our everyday activities and practices, whether at work or play, in a crowd or alone, with family or with strangers. We are to love God at all times in all places. We are to love God by loving our neighbors as we love ourselves. We are to be a people of love. Jesus gave us that final commandment: to love one another just as He loved, and loves us. It is an opportunity to be more than just a building in a town. We are to be His body in a community, loving each other no matter who the other is.

Let us be the church, inviting others to join with us as we make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

In Christ,
Pastor John Sanders
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