From the Pastors keyboard – October

Dear Church Family,
Just recently I had the privilege of attending my 30th class reunion. I cannot believe that 30 years
have gone by so quickly. As I talked to my class mates they expressed the same sentiments, “How
time has flown by.” There seemed to be a feeling of evaluation in the air of what has been accomplished in life since the day we got that piece of paper called a diploma. It was easy to see that we have all grown, and experienced a lot of life. Yet deep down there was a part of me that realized that we have not moved that far from the person inside that we were at Laurelwood Academy. Changed, yet still somehow the same. A form of maturity, yet still a child within.

This got me to thinking about the fact that we cannot change ourselves to something good apart
from God. Any good changes that comes must be from a changed heart, that only God can do. This
also reminds me that the world does indeed pull a person down, not up, and leaves it’s mark of hurt
and immaturity. Romans 12:2-3 say, “Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do
for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking.

Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize
what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.” I saw this in reality in the lives of my classmates. I have seen it in the church and everywhere I have gone. God is calling for us to become changed from the inside out. He is calling for us to contemplate Him, His thoughts, and His ways. God is calling for us to allow Him to be in our heads. When we do that we will indeed be changed from the inside out. I look forward to my next class reunion. I just hope that at the next one I will be more mature, and more changed into my Fathers will. Have a great month!!!
Pastor Ballard

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