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Some Words of Encouragement from Pastor Marty

Hello Church Family,

 It is true that every generation has at least one event that can be looked back on as a “There I was…” Many of us have lived through such times. In the past six months we have lived through such a time, with more time to come. The Corona virus, I believe, has made a profound mark upon this present generation. The affects of which will be felt in many segments of our society for years to come.

 The Church is certainly one of those segments that has been affected. It is not without extreme importance that is says in Hebrews 10:23-25

“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope that we profess, for he who promised is faithful; and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds. Not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another and all the more as you see the day drawing near.

The church in general, and us,have leaned heavy upon our time in meeting together. This time being when we fulfilled the instructions of these verses; encouragement, fellowship, building each other up and worshiping and hearing God’s word.

The past six months have interrupted this important time we value as a church. It has been very difficult for us to encourage, fellowship and worship with each other as we previously were. The long-term affects are being felt and becoming more evident in our society and the church is feeling the strain as well.

So how do we stay encouraged? How do we keep united as a church and stay on track in our souls? God’s word is where the answers lie.

                Luke 18:1
Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.
                Romans 10:17
Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ.
                Hebrews 13:15-16
Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that confess his name, and do not forget to do good and share with others for with such sacrifices, God is pleased.

God’s word gives us a blueprint on how to endure through this or any long drawn out hardship:
1)      Consistent prayer
2)      Consistent hearing/reading/study and obedience to God’s word
3)      As we have the opportunity, the taking care of our fellow man. Especially the                     household of faith.

I believe our best days are ahead of us if we give ourselves wholly to these principles.

I pray for each one of us as individuals and as a church that our Lord Jesus would have complete freedom in each of our hearts.
 
 
God Bless You,
Pastor Marty

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