Church in the Acres
1383 Wilbraham Rd.
Springfield, Massachusetts 01119
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A message from Pastor Chris:

Stressing WHO We Are Thankful To!

One of the things I look forward to when the time comes for me to come home to the Lord, is when I learn the truth of all the times God did miracles in my life and I didn’t even see them. I am firmly convinced that God does miracles very often in our lives and we don’t notice them, and certainly don’t thank God for them!

I’m reminded of the story in the Bible in Luke 17. Jesus healed ten men of leprosy and only one came back to thank him, and that man was a Samaritan. Did the other 9 rationalize their healing to just good luck? All ten men had stood at a distance and called out in a loud voice to Jesus, asking to be healed. When Jesus saw the men he told them to go show themselves to the priests so that they could be declared healed and clean, and as they went, they were cleansed of the leprosy. Only one, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him. Jesus then pointed out, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine?

Did the other 9 lepers rationalize their healing: ?

  • Did any of them think that they needed to wait to see if the cure was for real?
  • Did any of them think they were already on the way to getting well without Jesus intervention?
  • Did any of them fail to see Jesus as having done anything?
  • Did any of them think the priests cured them?
  • Did any of them say to themselves they would thank Jesus later?
  • Did any of them actually think they didn’t even have leprosy in the first place?
Every year during the Thanksgiving holiday, the media stresses more and more WHAT we are thankful FOR…. but shouldn’t we be stressing WHO we are thankful TO ??? Even Wikipedia states in its definition of Thanksgiving: “It was originally celebrated as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year”…Notice that it says “a day of giving thanks” but DON’T you have to give thanks TO someone? “giving thanks for the blessing…” WHO’S BLESSING? Where is God in the definition?

Think about it. Do you miss how often God gives you grace in your life and forget to thank Him? Are you ever like the lepers, possibly rationalizing away God’s miracles? God didn’t do it…it happened by chance?

This Thanksgiving may we ALL see the miracles that God does in our lives on a constant and consistent basis. May we see the provision of God to His children in all areas of our lives. May we remember to thank Him for ALL His goodness! Our God is so gracious, so providing, and so good to us…..all the time. Let’s remember to thank God ....all year long…not just at Thanksgiving.

In The Lord’s service till the last fish is caught,
-Pastor Chris

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What We Believe...

  • We believe in the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
  • God the Father is the Director of all.
  • Jesus, the perfect God and perfect sacrifice is also the perfect Savior.
  • The Holy Spirit IS God and lives within us when we become a believer.
  • God created us and gave us jobs/roles.
  • We believe the Word of God, was created by the God of the word.
  • Sin entered the world and we all have sinned and fallen short of God’s perfection.
  • Jesus paid the price for me and you! Amen!
  • Jesus makes eternal life possible.
  • Once accepting Christ, this life is our opportunity to walk the walk.
  • The church is an organism not just an organization.
  • Jesus is coming again- Amen!

This is not all we believe, but we realize as you consider visiting a church you’d sure like to know what it is they really believe and we hope this gives a snap shot of who we are. The What We Believe page can give you a more detailed explanation of each of these points.

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