Next Saturday we will be celebrating our fifth “Taste of the World” event. At “Taste of the World” we invite the many nationalities in our church to bring dishes of their heritage so that we can share in one another’s food heritage. It is, however, much more than a food tasting day as we have many other activities and ministries going on. But our experience at “Taste of the World” reminds me of what the psalmist wrote in Psalm 34 when he says – “Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him,” (v.8 NIV). Some things just have to be tried firsthand in order to be enjoyed. Having different food experiences is one of those things. But in the spiritual realm the most incredible thing that we can experience is to taste of God’s goodness and kindness towards us through Jesus Christ. It is difficult to communicate the concepts of the freedom of forgiveness and the joy of walking with God to someone who’s never had that experience. The psalmist delights in reflecting on the goodness of God. For someone who’s never experienced that goodness all we can do is tell them how good our God is and encourage them to receive the free gift that God has offered to us for through His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.
“Taste and see” yes indeed the Lord is so very good. Next Saturday here at New Durham Chapel we will engage and encourage our community to experience the bounty of the Lord that is seen in the food that will be provided and the many activities that will be going on. We are not doing this as a fundraiser for a church. Actually it’s more like a “friend raiser” as we seek to engage our community in tasting and seeing that the Lord is so good. God has given us the free gift of salvation and so we too give everything out for free to those who are here. There will be free food, free fun bus, and free pony rides. But there also will be a chance to receive the best gift of all and that is the gift of eternal life that is found through Jesus Christ alone. We’re trusting God to give us a beautiful, sunny day and believing that He will continue to move and work in our lives as we faithfully serve Him. If you’ve never experienced the touch of God in your life we encourage you to come taste and see that the Lord is an awesome God who moves and works in our world in many incredible ways. If you have some time next Saturday afternoon (2-6) we invite you to join us for our special “Taste of the World” event. Not only will you have a chance to taste food from all around the world but you may end up having a living encounter with the God of the universe. He is the one who has provided a remarkable salvation for us through His Son the Lord Jesus Christ. Come and join with us as we celebrate the kindness and goodness of our God at this special moment in time and in this special place.
All praise to our great Savior,
Pastor Rich Sivo