From the Pastor's Desk: July- August 2017
We in America are really blessed. We have our liberty and then have the freedom to celebrate that liberty. There are many countries where liberty is written down for the world to view, but in reality,there is no freedom.
Our missionaries are constantly under the threat of not being able to enter certain countries or to return to certain countries after furlough because of religious intolerance. Again, in America, we are very fortunate that America has moved from just religious toleration to religious freedom.
So, in a real sense, as we come to another Fourth of July we are celebrating more than our Independence. We are celebrating the fact that our nation is a nation where a person can worship God according to the dictates of his own heart without interference by the government.
Maybe the words to the famous patriotic song “God Bless America” should read “God BlessED America,” for He has surely blessed our country abundantly.
Keep the Son in your eyes,
A Prayer for the Persecuted
Dear Lord, we pray for our Christian brothers and sisters who live where trouble is brewing. Many suffer persecution in lands far and near. They face violence and harassment, hunger, kidnapping, oppressive laws and efforts to destroy their belief in you. Let them feel your mighty hand of love and protection as they go about their daily tasks. Let each person find strength, courage and wisdom in you. When troubles surround them, may they dwell on your sacrifice and guidance.
Give comfort to those grieving the loss or suffering of loved ones. Generously meet daily needs for shelter and food. Provide a safe worship place for those whose churches have been destroyed. Provide safe passage to those who must leave families, communities and country for new surroundings.
Thank you for allowing your children to be the remnant you hold dear. We pray
these things in Christ, our persecuted but victorious Savior. Amen.
What is a teacher, if not a mirror in which we perceive the divine image hidden in the soul? What is a teacher, if not a sower of seed and a cultivator of young gardens? What is a teacher, if not a shaper of souls and a guide who gently shows the right path for the journey? What is a teacher, if not the most hopeful of dreamers, who plants and nurtures and sees the bright destiny and harvest of the work even when the student cannot? What is a teacher, if not a shepherd watching over the flock and leading it to abundant pastures? Dreamers and sharers of dreams, sowers of seed and guides who chart the way, mirrors of goodness and shepherds of grace — it is for these teachers and this ministry that we give abundant thanks to God.
“May we think of freedom not as the right to do as we please but as the opportunity to do what is right.”
“When all other doorsin life are closed to us, Jesus will be for us the ever-open door. To call any situation hopeless is to shut the door on God.”
“If you lack knowledge, go to school. If you lackwisdom, get on your knees! Knowledge is not wisdom. Wisdom is the proper use ofknowledge.”
“I always wondered why somebody doesn’t do something. Then I realized I amsomebody.”
“Like a welcome summer rain, humor may suddenly cleanse and cool the earth, theair and you.”