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Pastoral Thoughts

 

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Spencer Dillard

Senior Pastor

April 1st

As we come to the close of a month where we have faced a pandemic of fear and uncertainty, we enter a season of Holiness, order, and new life avails.  We have faced so much doubt and uncertainty, but now comes the promise of the Way, the Truth and the Life.  THIS is what makes all the trials and tribulations of this life worthwhile—the resurrection and eternal life that has come and that is to come.  

 

But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved

brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the Lord’s work, because you know that your labor

is not in vain in the Lord.   -1 Cor 15:57-58 (WEB™)

Our final message for March was entitled “Are You Prepared?”  Are you prepared for what is to come?  And are you prepared to prepare the way of the Lord.  THIS is the call we have been given: “to give ourselves fully to the work of the Lord because we know our labor in the Lord is not in vain!

We are called to prepare the way of the Lord.  THIS is our time.  With Easter rapidly approaching, people are searching for what they will do on Easter morning.  How will they worship?  Will Easter be canceled?  Will churches open their doors?  I am uncertain of the answers for most of these question.  But one question I can answer with utmost certainty is that Easter WILL NOT be canceled!

 

We have been given an amazing opportunity to prepare the way of the Lord.  As people search for answers these next few weeks, prepare the way.  Will we be in our building?  I don’t know.  Will we worship? Absolutely!  In God’s good and perfect timing we have online worship available.  We never missed a Sunday of worship together.

 

My deacons know I have struggled with our web site for 12 years.  We have had a few different ones.  This one is exactly what we need at the exact time we need it!  To God be the glory!  God has prepared the way for us to prepare the way of the Lord.

I challenge you to get as many people as possible to join us at 10:00 am on Easter morning for worship.  I think we can have a greater audience than we have ever had.  I think people who usually do not attend are being readied by the Holy Spirit to join us from home as we worship together online Easter morning.

 

During this time of social distancing God is close.  He is working in a mighty way to protect His people, to grow His kingdom, and to bless His church.  I think this is a tremendous opportunity for us.  When fear abounds we are told over and over, “Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”  God IS preparing the way.

 

Friends, “We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”  We have been called to this, we are called to prepare the way for the Lord to come.  So “Don’t fear, for He has redeemed you; He has called you by name; you are His!”

Remember dear friends that God’s “perfect love casts out all fear.”  Do not be afraid, just set your hearts on preparing the way knowing “The LORD is your rock, your fortress and your deliverer.”   Hallelujah and Amen!

Scripture quotations are from The World English Bible™    The WEB™ is in the Public Domain and is a trademark of eBible.  See ebible.org for details.  See www.worldenglish.bible for PDF, Printed, or Audio versions.