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A Thought from Your Pastor

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                                               A thought from your Pastor!

Philippians 3:10 That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death. 

1 John 5:20  we know that the Son of God has come, and he has given us understanding so that we can know the true God. And now we live in fellowship with the true God because we live in fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ. He is the only true God, and he is eternal life.

We don’t have to look far in America to meet a person from another culture. Those of us who have lived in the same culture all our life can’t imagine how difficult the transition must be: a new language, new money, new people, new customs, new almost-everything. The first day? Challenging! A year later? Gaining knowledge! Five years later? Still gaining knowledge!

It takes time and desire to learn new things. And the same goes for knowing God. The apostle Paul wrote that his chief goal in life was to “know [Christ]”-His power and His presence in fellowship. Paul spent his pre-conversion years learning the Old Testament and his post -conversion years getting to know the One to whom the Old Testament pointed. And how long did Paul imagine it would take—for the rest of his life!

Philippians 3:13-14 No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.

He forgot everything else and made knowing Christ his rest-of-life goal.

Now that we are not getting out like we use to or even being able to go to church, I believe Snoopy has a great idea.


When you smell the roses also take time to get to know Jesus better.  Spend a little time to read the Bible and pray.  We will realize the more we are into His Word the worries of life will fade.  They may not be completely gone but they will fade.

Carolyn and I are praying that God will bless each of you and also keep you healthy, as we pray for you please pray for us also.

Pastor Gerry and Carolyn












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