5.15.21 Saturday Eblast

5.15.2021

Happy Saturday NCFF …
Becky and I are back from our vacation in Florida, and we’re really looking ahead to seeing you, our church family, tomorrow. God blessed the two of us with a wonderful time away, but it is always good to get home to the folks we love.

One of the things that we did while on our vacation was visit the ruins of Bulow Sugar Plantation in Flagler Beach, Florida. It was a frontier plantation that was burned and abandoned during the Second Seminole War. The natural beauty of the setting for this plantation is amazing. The ruggedness of life for those early settlers inspires courage; however, there was something very unsettling about the place and experience. You see, Bulow Sugar Plantation was where 200 African American people were enslaved. We felt the oppression of this injustice as we toured the grounds. The sense of brokenness and heartache haunts the place. Slavery in the United States was and is evil. Our society struggles with its aftermath to this day.

But there was something on that plantation stroll that Becky and I saw that was so hope producing. It was the sight of an older black gentleman and a senior white lady strolling together, arm-in-arm, through the site. As we watched them walk and talk, their deep love and caring service for each other became very obvious. It is what we both remember most about our time at Bulow.

Love and service are always memorable. The two are so good that they overcome and defeat evil. It is what God saved us to do. We bring glory to His Name and affirmation of His salvation by loving each other and serving one another with the care of Jesus. We’ll be highlighting what this kind of life looks like tomorrow as we study God’s Word together in a message called, “How Can I Make The Most Of My Life?” The Bible tells us in Galatians 5:1,13, - It was for freedom that Christ set us free. Therefore, do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery. At the same time, do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. There you have it. The key to making the most of your life is not striving to get the most out of life, but giving the most to others in the Name of Jesus Christ. The more we live the Gospel in this way the wider the door will open for us to invite others to place their faith in Jesus and live in faithfulness to Jesus.

I invite you to join us onsite or online as we gather to worship the Lord Jesus Christ. He epitomizes love and service. He sets the slave free. He is worthy of our coming together as family. Luv ya …
Pastor John K. Nagle

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