From SIN to SYN

From_SIN-to_SYNDear NLS Family and Friends,
In our Christian walk we must exchange a life of SIN for a lifestyle of SYN. Although these two words sound the same, they aren’t.
The general Greek word for SIN is “Hamartia,” which means “to miss the mark” (as in an archery competition) and therefore fail to receive the prize, or blessing. This is word is used 221 times in the New Testament.
Scriptural references:
Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us…” –Hebrews 12:1.
For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God…” -Romans  3:23
On the other hand, SYN, is a prefix coming from the Greek language, meaning “with” or “together.”
Examples:  The word “Synagogue” means “gathering together.” When Jews come together to worship, they come to the Synagogue.
The word “Synoptic” means “seeing together.”  The Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke are referred to as the Synoptic Gospels because they include many of the same stories, often in a similar sequence and in similar wording. John’s Gospel is distinct. It reads differently. It’s theological instead of historical in intent.
The word “Synergy” means “working together.” The effect of synergy: the creation of the whole is greater than its individual parts.
The life of SIN brings spiritual death and separation from God.
The lifestyle of SYN produces coming together in love and good works.
“Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching….” Hebrews 10:23-25.
Gather together, see together, and work together. Sounds like good church to me!
“Synfully” Yours,
Pastor J.S. Hartman
New Life Sanctuary
Bloomingdale/Pooler, GA

Who is your hero?

Dear NLS Family and Friends,

Who is your hero? Let me tell you about mine. He wasn’t all muscle, heroand he couldn’t fly through the air faster than a speeding bullet. He couldn’t leap over tall skyscrapers or stop a major world crisis. But to my young eighteen year-old mind he was bigger than life, or so it seemed.

He could play just about any instrument he put his hands on. One time you’d see him tickle the ivories. Then he would transition to the organ, his fingers gliding across the keys while his feet danced a jig on the pedals. My favorite was seeing him pick up that large black and white electric accordion. His right hand employed the piano keys while the left hand magically touched the correct black buttons, all the while he was squeezing the billows back and forth. It all worked together to produce an awesome, exciting and harmonious sound would fill the room.

On top of all of this, his voice cranked out those old, wonderful hymns and spiritual songs that have nearly faded away. I hardly ever hear selection number 62, or 198 or 111, but when I do hear those old songs I drift back to a bygone era.

My hero could preach like there was no tomorrow. He would use visual illustrations that made the sermon stand out in my mind. Conviction came and we all went down to the altars: ladies on the left and men on the right.

He baptized me in a rock quarry filled with water. He taught and lived a standard that made the world take notice. His wife, who towered over him, arranged her hair like a teetering stack of Brillo pads. Anyone in town could see them from afar and knew exactly who they were.

Unashamed, I can tell you who my hero is: Rev. Donald L. Lero.

Was he perfect? No! Did he have a few rough edges? Yes! But he was the first one that brought the saving gospel to my ears. He taught me how to live for Jesus in a crazy, upside down world. He’s gone now, and has been since 1994, but he is still my hero! Who’s yours?


Pastor J.S. Hartman
New Life Sanctuary
Pooler/Bloomingdale, GA

Pastor J.S. Hartman
New Life Sanctuary
Pooler/Bloomingdale, GA

‘Twas The Day After Christmas

‘Twas The Day After Christmas
Copyright 2007 Dave Veerman. Permission is granted to send this to others, with attribution, but not for commercial purposes.

Day_After_Christmas__NRockwell_1922‘Twas the day after Christmas
and all through the room
Strewn wrappings were crying
for use of a broom.
The children were scattered
the friends’ gifts exploring
Since now most of theirs
were broken or boring.
All tummies still stuffed
from the fabulous feast;
Leftovers would serve
for one month at least.
And mama and papa
were the countryside ranging,
Those unwanted gifts
returned or exchanging.
Yes Christmas is past
with its bustle and noise—
Sales and carols
Santas and toys.
Decorations are packed
the yule tree’s discarded
The holiday’s over
just as we got started
To celebrate peace
and the meaning of giving
To discover real love
and the purpose for living.
Dear Jesus please help us
to stop and remember
That you came to earth
not just for December.
But from birth in a manger
to death on a cross
You gave up your glory
and counted it loss.
So now as we trust You—
God’s only Son—
The real celebration
has only begun!

Candlelight, Carols and Communion

New Life Sanctuary celebrated Christ’s birth with candlelight, carols and communion. We wish everyone a Merry Christmas filled with the HOPE Christ for New Life. Join us Sunday at 12 noon to worship King Jesus!

(Photos provided by Russ Conway)

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