Pastor's Message

MARCH 2019

by Pastor Nathaniel Gamble

 

Hello, friends and visitors, and welcome to the Aspen Park Seventh-day Adventist Church!  I hope you take a look at what we have to offer on our website, and I cordially invite you to come to our church and worship with us on Saturday mornings!  At the Aspen Park Adventist Church, you will find a group of people who are striving to follow God, even when it becomes uncomfortable and challenges our pet beliefs or perspectives.  The world today has become increasingly confusing, loud, and angry, with people cordoning themselves into various groups and cliques and factions; it can sometimes be hard to tell who's telling the truth, and sometimes even harder to tell what is true and what is misleading - or even outright false.  That is one of the reasons why those at the Aspen Park Adventist Church prize the Bible so much.  We recognize that the Bible, comprised of the Old and New Testaments, is the written word of God.  God longed to communicate with people from long ago, so God spoke with lots of different kinds of people in the past - prophets, kings, shepherds, poets, priests, governors, nomads, fishermen, construction workers, lawyers, missionaries, to name just a few - and had them write down what he shared with them so they, in turn, could share it with others.  We believe that God spoke accurately and truly in the Bible, revealing himself to human beings and making himself clear in words and concepts that the original (and then later) audiences could understand.  To those of us at the Aspen Park Adventist Church, the Bible is God's love letter to humans: a communication from God telling us that he loves us, wants to heal and take care of us, has a purpose for our existence, and has a plan to address the evil we find in our lives and our world.  Because we see the Bible as God's love letter to us and everyone else in the world, we also recognize that God has shared with us instruction in its pages about how to live, encouragement on how to have a personal relationship with him, advice on how to know him better, and information about what is true, the overarching events of earth's history before Jesus' return, and how to prepare for that glorious event.  Listening to what God wants to tell us in the Bible has helped us pay closer attention to what is true, and we believe God continues to help us understand what his will and truth are as we read, think, pray, discuss, and apply to our lives what God shows us in Scripture.  Taking the Bible seriously has made us more responsible to know what we believe and to pursue what is true, regardless of our initial feelings about what may or may not be correct.  We have found our encounter with God's word in Scripture to be such a spiritually uplifting and life-affirming experience.  The Aspen Park Adventist Church would love to share this experience with you.  Please feel free to join us this and every Saturday morning at 9:30 for Bible study and 11:00 for worship.  If you're looking for something true and reliable, you are joyfully and happily welcome to consider becoming a part of our church family.  Blessings to you.

Pastor Nathaniel