Church in the Acres
1383 Wilbraham Rd.
Springfield, Massachusetts 01119
413-782-2577 (office)
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A message from Pastor Chris:

As Much of God as We Want

That power is like the working of His mighty strength, which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead. (Ephesians 1:19-20)

There is an old story about a Christian father, who after torturing himself with theological speculations about the nature of the Trinity, fell asleep and dreamed that he was emptying the ocean with a thimble. Of course, you cannot empty it with a thimble, but you can go to it with one...and you will bring away only a thimbleful.

In the same way, the measure of our faith is the measure of Gods power given to us. There are two measures of God's divine power. One is the infinite limit of "his incomparably great power for us who believe" (Ephesians 1:19), and the other the practical limit. The working measure of our spiritual life is our faith.

In plain English, we can have as much of God as we want. In fact, we do have as much as we want. So if we are in touch with the power that can shatter a universe, yet get only a little thrill, scarcely perceptible to ourselves and unnoticed by others...whose fault is that? And if we come to the fountain that laughs at drought and can fill a universe with its waters, yet we take away scarcely a tiny drop or two, barely enough to refresh our parched lips, a mere sip that does nothing to encourage plants of holiness to grow in our gardens...whose fault is that?

The practical measure of God's power in our lives is the measure of our belief and desire. If only we go to Him, as I pray we all may, and continue there, and ask Him to give us strength according to the riches treasured in Jesus Christ, we shall get the old answer: "According to your faith will it be done to you". (Matthew 9:29)

--Alexander Maclaren

I love this writing by a Scottish theologian who lived from 1826-1910. It was a favorite of both myself, and my friend/brother Bruce. We used to discuss this writing at length. It gives me a picture of a loving father waiting for me...with great desire and arms open wide, that I would want to be in the Father's presence. God wants and craves relationship with us. He is always there waiting for us to come to him. If we don't have that close relationship, then it is our own fault. God has "the open door policy". If we never enter into His presence, then it is totally our own fault. Think about it...Abide in Christ...It will transform your life...but it's all YOUR choice. God will never force Himself on you...but He will always be there for you waiting...and wanting you to want Him back...

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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