Pastor's Corner

13 Sep
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Mid-Week Challenge

If there is one thing that the events of the past two weeks have taught us is there still remains in this country a huge compassion for our fellow citizens.  I have not heard the reports of speculated wide spread looting.  I have not heard too many stories of price gouging of necessities.  I have yet to hear about people being left on the streets to fend for themselves as they try to clean up and rebuild their homes.  I’m sure that some of these things do exist in Texas and Florida but not on a wide scale.  How can we know that; because the media would be reporting on it.  The stories we hear are of nuns with chainsaws clearing debris. https://www.theblaze.com/news/2017/09/13/i-wanted-to-help-out-nun-goes-viral-for-taking-a-chainsaw-to-irma-debris/  People offering their homes for free and thousands of volunteers who are already deployedhttp://www.christianheadlines.com/contributors/leah-hickman/hurricane-irma-reminds-a-confused-nation-of-human-worth.html 

What we are seeing is something we have not been shown for some time, America remains united.  True, over the past few months our televisions have been flooded with the negative stories of racism and hate but could that be a very small over hyped sample of America propelled by the media’s hunger for all things negative?  I think so.  I believe Americans still believe in hope, community and our strong future together.  I believe at our heart there remains the core identity given to us by those who came before us.  A God fearing morality that demands we think of our neighbor in times of need and distress.  I believe we still have the ability to think of others with love and empathy.   Maybe God is using these disasters as encouragement, to remind us that we are not the only ones who still care about our fellow human.  Maybe this is a time to be reminded that one person can make a difference; that the story of God’s love still matters.  Maybe all of this is the cleansing we need to refocus our attention on things that really do matter and not so much on the negative media diet we have been fed for so long.  Maybe we can use this for good, if we don’t miss the blessing that is hidden underneath.    

When all these blessings and curses I have set before you come on you and you take them to heart wherever the LORD your God disperses you among the nations, and when you and your children return to the LORD your God and obey him with all your heart and with all your soul according to everything I command you today, then the LORD your God will restore your fortunes and have compassion on you and gather you again from all the nations where he scattered you. Even if you have been banished to the most distant land under the heavens, from there the LORD your God will gather you and bring you back. He will bring you to the land that belonged to your ancestors, and you will take possession of it. He will make you more prosperous and numerous than your ancestors.  Deuteronomy 30:1-5

 Serving the Savior 

Bro. Jonathan

 

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