343 East Center Street
Petersburg, MI 49270
Pastor Mark S. Flory
Tel. (734) 279-1949
fellowshiphall@cass.net

From Pastor Flory

Jesus said, "I have compassion for these people." Matthew 15:32

Serving God

Through faith, we live to serve God rather than ourselves. We acknowledge that God has created and redeemed us and that He is in control. Our joy and peace comes from worshipping and serving Him. We understand that our purpose in life is to serve our heavenly Father. In contrast, people of the world live to serve themselves. Unfortunately, we live in a "me" era. Our society promotes a selfish and egotistical attitude. Our culture tells us to make every effort "to look out for number one"at any cost. "have it your way" is a phase that captures the philosophy of life in America. Money, selfish ambition, power, and success are the things in life to most people.
In our faithful service for others, we are serving the Lord. Jesus said, "Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of My brothers, you did it to Me: (Matthew 25:40). When we help others and extend God's kingdom we become channels through which He works. We are His hands, feet and mouth.
We become faithful and dependable workers because "His divine power has granted all us things that pertain to life and goodness.." (II Peter 1:3). God has equipped us to do His will. Paul wrote, "I can do everything through Him Who strengthens me" (Philippians 4:13).
God has made us for the purpose of doing good and serving others. In writing to the church in Galatia Paul exhorted , "Let us not grow weary of doing good" (Galatians 6:9). Whether we are working in the church , volunteering in our communities, or helping others, when we toil in the strength of the Lord, we are not to grow weary. "(God) gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might He increases strength. They shall mount up with wings like eagles; they will run and not be weary.."(Isaiah 40:29, 31).
God gives us both strength to do good and joy in our service. Solomon tells us, "Whoever brings blessings will be enriched" (Proverbs 11:25). Peyton Conway March writes, "There is a wonderful mythical law of nature that three things we crave most in life-happiness, freedom, and peace of mind- are always obtained by giving to someone else." In his book Give to Live Dr. Douglas M. Lawson writes, "But there is one kind of experience that delivers emotional and psychic satisfaction time after time, day after day, helping other people. Volunteer efforts, chartable acts, generosity of spirit and gestures of compassion all enrich and sustain our lives."
Jesus said, "I have compassion for these people." Matthes 15:32

Yours in Christ

Pastor Flory