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A Thought From Your Pastor May 10 2020

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Matthew Henry (18 October 1662 – 22 June 1714) was a nonconformist minister and author, born in Wales but spent much of his life in England. He is best known for the six-volume biblical commentary Exposition of the Old and New Testaments.

A Thought From Your Pastor!

Sometimes when we go through problems we think we are the only ones it is happening to.  Cabin fever is setting in on many of us.  There are many concerns:  Will this virus hit my small town?  We are not the only generation that has gone through these kinds of trails and trouble.  We just need to know how to handle them.

Matthew Henry can help us with that, he once said: “Days of trouble must be days of prayer.”  So that leads me to another question: “How is your prayer life?”   This is a time we need to be in close contact with the one that can make a difference in this upside down world.

Scripture tells us: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (ESV) 16  Rejoice always, 17  pray without ceasing, 18  give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

 When you pray and turn these concerns over to Jesus, you can rejoice but also remember to give thanks.  We give thanks for two reasons: #1 because we are to be a thankful people, but #2 when we give thanks we are confessing that by faith we know God has it all under control.

Prayer is a serious and powerful tool that our heavenly Father has given us.  Remember the story of the fig tree.  Jesus tells us we can move mountains with our prayers and I believe this pandemic is a mountain that needs to be moved.

Matthew 21:21-22 (NIV) 21 Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done.
22 If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”

We as a church and as a family need to take this time to be serious about prayer.  I wear a mask when I’m out, stay away from people and wash my hands, but that’s what I can do.  I am more trusting in what God can do.

Snoopy, who is on the lazy side, has another idea.  I like a good laugh and a nice nap but I trust Jesus and His power to solve this problem.

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Once again, I want to remind you of a verse that is becoming one of my favorites: Philippians 4:4-7 (NIV) 4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all  understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

I heard an evangelist say to make a Worry List.  Write down everything that concerns and upsets you. Then take a pencil and scratch out Worry and write in Prayer.  This will make a difference and bring that joy into your days of being home.

Of course as always: Keep praying but also keep rejoicing in Jesus Christ our Savior and Lord.  Hopefully we will be meeting together again in the near future.

God’s Blessing,                                                                                                                              Pastor Gerry and Carolyn

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Don’t wonder about it—Know God is in control !


A Thought From Your Pastor 4/19/2020


                                                 4 19 2020

A Thought From Your Pastor

Every time I turn on TV or my computer, people want to talk about COVID-19.  I am concerned about the devastating results of it on the physical body.  I see another problem also.  This stay at home order is necessary and I fully agree with it.  With that in mind we have to be careful we don’t turn into hermits, self centered people or just plain loners that are depressed.

What does scripture tell us?  Hebrews 10:24-25 (NIV) 24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. 25 Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another–and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

 I miss you people but the stay at home order is so necessary.  We all need to be careful about spreading the Virus.

I friend of mine has a mother in the rest home which he cannot visit.  He set her up with a phone that they can see each other as they talk.  I saw on TV a family standing in a rest home yard singing Happy Birthday to a relative in the home.

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Snoopy has an idea; let’s do a little more praying for those loved ones we can’t get with.  I got a crazy idea how about calling a loved one or even just a friend and talk to them on the phone and pray with them.  My daughter Chris and Carolyn are getting together first thing in the morning on the phone and having a devotional together.

Sometimes people alone at home get tired of cooking.  Could you possibly drop a meal off or even a fresh dessert? There are so many ways to stay in touch and show that you care for someone.

Jesus is our example: John 3:16 (NIV) 16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

There are so many ways to reach out, stay in touch, show your love and still stay 8 feet apart.   You have the time so sit down and ask God to show you what you can do.

As I said before: Keep praying but also keep rejoicing in Jesus Christ our Savior and Lord.  Hopefully we will be meeting together again in the near future.

God’s Blessing,                                                                                                                              Pastor Gerry and Carolyn

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Long & Short Prayers

Prayer must always be from the heart.  A short prayer is said before you eat or as you meet a friend unexpectantly at the store or at work.  The line of communication stays open between Jesus and you.

Longer prayers are necessary each day with Jesus to talk things through along with reading the Bible and devotions.  Most folks like to do that early in the day, but some do it at the close of the day.

Luke 6:12 states: “Now it came to pass in those days that (Jesus) went out to the mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.”  There may be a time when extra prayer is necessary to pray through a situation in your life or another person’s life.

Why should we pray?  Jesus cares.  He is God’s Son and He died for you, forgives your sins, rose from the dead and is alive!  He promises to be with you always.  He is as close as the mention of His name. Jesus is only a prayer away.

In Jesus’ Name.

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