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We covenant one with another to seek and respond to the Word and the will of God. We purpose to walk together in the ways of the Lord, made known and to be made known to us. We hold it to be the mission of the Church to witness to the gospel of Jesus Christ in all the world, while worshipping God, and striving for truth, justice, and peace. As did our fathers, we depend on the Holy Spirit to lead and empower us. We pray for the coming of the kingdom of God, and we look with faith toward the triumph of righteousness and eternal life.
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Message from the Pastor
“In This World There Will Be Trials”
You and I, as well as the rest of the world, are experiencing a time like no other. We are facing a pandemic of a huge magnitude with this Corona Virus. The entire world is feeling the effects of this life-threatening virus. Panic and fear have filled a lot of people. Businesses are shutting their doors and grocery store shelves are empty of certain items. People are fearful of being near anyone. (I have even heard of people who were walking down the street, and someone was walking towards them and crossed the street so they wouldn’t be near them.) The economy is shaky, and people are panicking about the amount of money they are losing. To say the least, there isn’t a very comfortable feeling in the world today. The public is turning to our leaders to answer questions that they cannot answer. Not because our leaders are not qualified, but because just like you and I, they haven’t experienced a situation like this either.
Here is some good news: we serve a God that is bigger than any illness and any trial we will ever face! I have gotten numerous questions asked to me regarding where the Bible stands on this corona virus outbreak. One question was: “Why would God allow this to happen?” There are several answers to that question. God may have allowed this to happen so people would turn to Him, maybe call out to Him and accept Him into their life. Maybe he wanted to slow our pace and have us appreciate more of what we have and the blessings He has given to us. Another question was: “Is this the end of the world?” The answer to that is probably not. There are a lot of things that need to happen before Jesus returns to us and calls us home. In the book of Revelation, we are told of the four horsemen of the apocalypse. The fourth horseman has the authority to kill a fourth of the world’s population. That would be 1.8 billion people. As of now we haven’t come near that number. So, this may not be the end, but it is a step in that direction.
In the Gospel of John, Jesus says: “I have told you these things so you may have peace. In this world you will have trials and tribulations but take heart; I have overcome this world.” Now, more than ever, we need to rely on our faith. We need to turn to prayer for our families, our communities and our country. Trust in Jesus and His ways and know that God does not give us a spirit of fear! Face this trial with courage knowing that God is in control. This crisis will pass, and our faith will be strengthened. Do Not Fear!
May God Bless You,