A Note from Pastor Paul & Karen
As next month is the last for this year, we are approaching the end of the unusual and in many cases very difficult year of 2020! We could name many uncommon happenings (a pandemic, hurricanes, tornados, wildfires & more), and just this past week, a full moon was visible across the entire US on the night of Oct. 31. This is the first time that has happened since 1944. This was also a rare “blue moon” (a second full moon in a single month.) And adding to all of this, the last week of October, the US reported a record five hundred thousand new cases of COVID-19. This has been a truly extraordinary year.
The year 2020 began with reminders of the term “2020 Vision” which is a term used to express normal visual acuity (the clarity or sharpness of vision). Interestingly, Max Lucado observed, “From heaven’s viewpoint our earth is populated by sightless people. They do not see the meaning of life or the love of God. How else do we explain the confusion and chaos? How else do we explain the constant threat of world war, plagues of hunger, racism, and the holocaust of the un-born. Billions of people simply cannot see. II Corinthians 4:4, tells us that the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. We need a spiritual ophthalmologist. We need Jesus to do for us what He did for the man on the side of the Jerusalem road. He restored his sight and He will do the same for us.”
How might we encourage ourselves during these difficult days, not to lose faith, and keep going for the Lord? Remember Jesus is Who makes Christianity different than all other faiths! Jesus is “the cornerstone chosen and precious” I Peter 2:6. “God was pleased to have all His fullness dwell in Him.” Col. 1:18. And has “highly exalted Him and bestowed on Him the name that is above every name.” Phil. 2:9
The key to hope in difficult times is knowing Jesus personally. Paul testified, “Whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him. Phil. 3:7-9 When we experience Jesus personally and intimately, it will be said of us, “Though you have not seen Him, you love Him. Though you do not now see Him, you believe in Him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory.” I Peter 1:8
Let’s keep our eyes open and on the Lord, loving, believing and living the TRUTH we know, asking the Lord to open our eyes to more truth and light. Let’s remain confident in our convictions and embrace them. Remember God loves us unconditionally (Romans 8:38-39). Let’s enjoy positive conversations, encouraging one another (Eph. 4:29-32). Let’s keep our minds controlled and filled with God’s Truth, walking in the Spirit (Galatians 5:16, 22-23) and living out the Joy of Jesus in a dark world that needs Him.
“Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, He it is that doth go with thee: He will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.” Deut. 31:6
We love you all, are praying for you, miss you and appreciate you!
Pastor Paul and Karen