From The Pastor

Dear Church Family,

 

We are living in uncertain and exciting times; not just in the United States, but throughout the world. With this in mind, I recalled a verse of scripture that challenges us to be understanding of the days in which we live. The verse is in I Chronicles 12:32, “And of the sons of Issachar, men who understood the times…”

 

As we witness the happenings within our own country from the moral decay of our society to the deception and manipulation that government leaders carry out, we need to be people who understand the times and make the most of the opportunities for the glory of God.

 

What things are taking place in America that is causing things to unravel? There may be many thoughts and opinion about the cause, but according to the “Founders” of this great nation, George Washington, 1st President, “It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible.” Benjamin Franklin said, “I think the system of morals and (Christs’) religion as He left them to us, the best the world ever saw or is likely to see.” And the 40th President, Ronald Reagan said, “Without God, democracy cannot and will not long endure.” From these men and others, it is the understanding that when a nation forgets God and removes Him from our daily lives and dishonors Him through our actions, things begin to fall apart. When we forsake God, we are left with ourselves and that will result in every evil thing. This is true not only for a nation, but at all levels of society; state, city, family and individual.

 

There is a moral breakdown in America because God’s Word has been removed in society and sadly also in the church. An absolute standard of righteousness, justice, love, grace and mercy has been replaced with pride, deception, lust, power and perversion. We have become wise in our own eyes and that deception has darkened our nation’s heart. A testament of this ever fact is how the sitting Governor of Virginia can describe on radio the killing of a child and there be no national outcry! Remove God and His Word, you take away life (John 10:10).

 

This brings me to a couple more verses of scripture, Philippians 2:15-16 and II Peter 3:11-12. Paul and Peter both challenge us as God’s people to live our lives in a manner worthy of our Savior, looking forward to the day of God. In Philippians, Paul says, as you live in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation (how true is this!), we should appear as light in the world, holding fast the Word of Life. We must be involved and engaged in the lives of people at this most volatile time with the Word of Life, Jesus Christ. Hearts and minds are changed when we (God’s people) appear as lights and reflect the Son into their lives. God is in control and we are in His Hands!

 

Pastor Kirk

 

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