Our Pastor

Dear Reader,

Recently I’ve been reading Dr. Michael Breus’ book “The Power of When.”

Dr. Breus’ premise in the book is all people fall into one of four chronotypes or circadian rhythms.  He writes if you can discover your chronotype then you can better time your sleep, work, excercise, etc, and be more productive just by adjusting when you carry out your daily activities.  Taking his survey I think I’m either a lion or a bear, but seeing as I eat to live and don’t live to eat, I’m probably a lion, which is an early riser who does their best work in the morning and then starts to fade in the early evening.

Taking his advice, with the recent time change I set my clock back an hour but kept getting up at the same time which is now an hour earlier.  This should help me better adjust to the time change and hopefully give me more time in the morning to be productive.

In his letters the apostle Paul often references time.  In the Greek of the New Testament there is a word for time “chronos” which means clock-time, as it it is 9 o’clock and time to start work, but there is also another word for time, “kairos,” which means the right moment or time to do something.  In Romans chapter 5, the apostle writes,”For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly,” speaking of Christ’s death on the cross for us.  Paul unpacks this further a verse later, “… but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.  Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God.  For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.  More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.” (Romans 5:6, 8-11, English Standard Version)  The apostle Paul explains that at the right time, when all the world was trapped in sin first started by Adam and Eve, Jesus Christ, the Son of God, came from heaven and took on humanity to die on a cross for all sinners.  In his death Jesus justified us, that is he took the penalty of God’s wrath for our sin and died for it as our substitute.  Now God the Father looks on all who trust in Jesus as their Lord and Saviour as sinless and forgiven. Jesus’ resurrection from the dead, three days after he died, means God has opened a way of life through death for us, for as Jesus rose from the dead God promises we too will rise from the dead.   At the right time God the Father sent his son to save us from our sins and give us the hope of life after death.

A little later in his letter the apostle concludes, “Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed.” (Romans 13:11, ESV)  If you are reading this and you have a Christian background; maybe you went to Sunday school or worshipped for a time at church with your family when you were young but then stopped attending worship, or maybe you were a regular at worship until covid and then stopped, the apostle has a message for you: now is the right time for you to wake up from your spiritual sleep and return to worshipping the Lord Jesus, your saviour.  Every day that goes by we are closer to death or closer to when Jesus returns to earth to renew the earth and raise the dead and grant everlasting life to all who believe in him.  But it is also true that those who die apart from faith in Christ or who are alive at the time of Christ’s return but are unresponsive to Christ’s love and lordship will be judged to everlasting punishment for their denial of their Lord and Saviour.  So the apostles message to you is now is the right time to make a change in your life and to return to worshipping your saviour.

We would be honoured at Grace to serve you in your walk with Christ.  We are a Bible-believing, pro-family, pro-life, congregation that values worshipping in person together and hearing God’s Holy Word and receiving his holy sacraments.  Our need for God’s forgiveness and love is constant.  The apostle Paul’s message is now, not next week, is always the right time to return to the Lord-you will never regret that decision as it leads to eternal life.


Pastor Korsch