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

Happy New Year! 2015 From Pastor Hartman

Dear NLS Family and Friends,
Once again, we say farewell to an old year and hello to a new one. The longer one lives, the more one experiences the New Year phenomenon of wonder and excitement. There is a ​hope that all will become better, that ​bank accounts will mysteriously expand,​ and that​ success will follow us wherever we go.

The truth of the matter is, success doesn’t come automatically with the New Y​ear. To change the course of our lives we must change our attitudes and habits. Yet no matter what we change, ​if God is not involved we will find ourselves ​right back in​ our old ways of thinking, doing and being.

Time is God’s gift to us. He has a plan for each of us. He wants us saved, productive and happy. He wants us flourishing​ and growing​ spiritually. He wants us to be a blessing to our family, community and world. He wants to set heaven in our hearts so that one day we will enjoy fellowship with Him forever.

“​For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.​”​ Jeremiah 29:11 NIV

As we welcome in the New Year, let us welcome the Lord  to have His way with each new day. And as He inhabits our lives, He will fill us with ​wonder and excitement.

Happy New Year!

Pastor JS 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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