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

Get rich quick with God’s many blessings!

Dear NLS Family and Friends,

junk_mailMail, particularly junk mail, can overwhelm us at times. It comes dressed up in exclusive wrapping:

“MR. J.S. HARTMAN has been selected as one of the top finalists to win our $100,000,000.00 Sweepstakes. To be eligible, you must respond by February 15th. No purchase necessary!”

“A brand new 2015 BMW is yours MR. HARTMAN! Just bring this key down to our Showroom and if your key fits you’ll drive away in your new BMW today!”

“Mr J.S. HARTMAN, $1,000,000.00 of Life Insurance is available to you, regardless of your age or medical condition. Don’t leave your family unable to maintain your current lifestyle should the Grim Reaper come for you tonight!”

“OPEN IMMEDIATELY! Important Government Documents enclosed! You may qualify for a Home Refinance at the rate of 1%! You could save thousands on unnecessary interest costs!”

“The HARTMAN FAMILY has won a free Bahamas Cruise! No Purchase Necessary! Important Details Inside!”

We all get these IMPORTANT mailings everyday, and they look more than interesting. We are almost afraid of discarding these “certain treasures.” We tell ourselves, “I could win this time!” (Of course we don’t say that about the Life Insurance because we want to continue to live and partake of these riches ourselves.)

Winning may be possible, but it’s highly unlikely. If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.

To ensure ourselves of the True Treasures for Life (and Eternal Life), we must discard the junk mail and instead open the mail that comes from God every day. He stands behind every promise, and He is not slack concerning His promises. With Him, everyone can be a winner! He says what He means, and He means what He says!

So check the mail from God’s Holy Word today. It’s got YOUR NAME on it! Open Immediately! Important Details Inside! Get rich quick with God’s many blessings!

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

Pankcake Lunch 1.18.15

We will be serving pancakes and other breakfast foods immediately after church on Sunday, January 18. Bring a friend and enjoy lunch provided by New Life Sanctuary. We look forward to seeing you there!