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posted Jun 1, 2018, 12:01 PM by Linda Dickinson   [ updated Jun 1, 2018, 12:01 PM ]

Dear Friends in Christ,

Wow!  Summer has come with a bang!  June is here and the memory of snowstorms is fading in the warmth of the summer sun.  For me, being a Wisconsin farm-boy, June means Dairy Month.  June is when ice cream socials are held, with lots of fresh cheese, and vanilla ice cream heaped on top of homemade pie.  Dairy breakfasts are served at some of the finest dairy farms in the nation.  But as a boy, June always meant free milk at the bank.  Yes, free milk was available all month long in the lobby of our local bank.  Customers were free to help themselves to a cool refreshing glass of white or chocolate milk from a large refrigerated dispenser. As part of our local Little League team, we guys stopped at the bank after a hot afternoon on the ball field and proceeded to guzzle several glasses of milk a piece.  We were quite good at emptying the dispenser and requiring one of the bank tellers to come and put in more large cartons of milk.

More milk, please!  All this talk about milk makes me think of what the Apostle Peter wrote in 1 Peter 2: 1–3: “Therefore, putting aside all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander, like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation, if you have tasted the kindness of the Lord.”

Peter challenges us to “long for the pure milk of the word.”  We so easily get caught up in the deeds of the flesh like malice, deceit, hypocrisy, envy and slander.  Such an ugly list!  Yet, if we are honest, it is this type of behavior that we find ourselves craving for or involved in, rather than longing for the pure milk of the word.

God’s Holy Word tells us that the wages of sin is death.  Even good things can be turned into idols or acts of unrighteousness.  I know from experience that too many glasses of chocolate milk at one time can turn a refreshing treat into a stomach ache!

But that is the way that even God’s people can be.

Because we have “tasted the goodness of the Lord” let us choose each day to grow in our relationship with the Lord Jesus.  Always remember that Christianity is all about being in relationship with the Living God.  “Drinking the pure milk of the word” means that we don’t just read or hear the word, but that we are continually doers of the word.  Staying close to Jesus is one of the best safeguards against entering into sin.

Enjoy the summer, but keep drinking the “pure milk”.  Stay close to Jesus, read His Holy Word, no matter if you are on the road or at home plan to be in His house for worship each week.  Maybe you can even find an ice cream social to attend!

Soaking in the warmth of His love,

Pastor Fred