My Dear Church Family,

As I was preparing to write this note, my mind couldn’t help but go back to the days of my youth.  It was in those days that I would find myself in the latter part of August and regardless of what store we would enter, I would find myself surrounded by signs that read “Back to School.”  Everywhere I looked, I would see these signs.  It seems that I could not escape that message, which along with it, had a hidden message:  Summer, swimming, and fun times were over!

Well, as I think about that, it points me to a simple thought in my daily walk with Jesus.  Aren’t you glad that when you come to know Jesus, and confess Him as your Lord and Savior, that He will NEVER leave you or forsake you.  Your daily walk with Him continues for the rest of your earthly life and into your eternal life with Him.

In the Baptist vernacular, we state this fact as,“Once saved, always saved.” There are multiple scriptures found in the Bible that declare this truth, but there are two that are my favorite.  The first is John 10:28-30, where Jesus declares:

“And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand.  I and My Father are one.”                   John 10:28-30 NKJV 

The second is found in Romans 8:38-39, where the Apostle Paul writes: For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.   Romans 8:38-39 NKJV 

Always remember that the same God who saved you, is the same God who will keep you. Once we are saved, we are always saved, and our salvation is secure in His Hand.  Although simple earthly joys do eventually end, when we accept Jesus as our Savior, our walk with the Lord and the joy that comes with it never comes to an end. 

Remember, Jesus Loves You And So Do I!

Pastor Jeff