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May 2020 Newsletter

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Except from Pastor Parsons article: Do Not Be Afraid

God said it to his prophets when he sent them out to proclaim a message his people would fight against. God said it to the leaders he chose to rule over his people. He said it to his people as they faced many enemies, enemies of both the body and of the soul. He said it to a young girl who heard the words of an angel and new that everything was about to change for her. He said it to a group of shepherds who were chosen to proclaim the coming of the Messiah.

God said it to his disciples who feared the loss of their friend and Lord...

He said it to the women who went broken-hearted and defeated to the grave only to find it empty. He said it to his apostles who sought protection behind locked doors. And he says it to you. Before his death on the cross, our Lord, Jesus Christ, promised this: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14 27)

In the many promises throughout his Word, Jesus assures us that the peace he gives us is eternal. It is resilient. It can withstand the attacks of temptation, despair, hopelessness, even those of the things that bring us only earthly joy and yet, turn us from our faith. This peace is sure, as it rests not on us, not on the events of this world around us, not on a false hope. It is a peace that rests entirely on Jesus and the perfect life he lived, the innocent and substitutionary death he died, and his resurrection from the grave.

Our perfect Savior endured every temptation this world has to offer, and he know the struggles we endure. He knows the pain and the sadness we feel when we cannot come together as regularly as we wish we could. He knows the questions that plague us as we wonder when these circumstances will end, the suffering we are going through as wait in uncertainty. And yet, he tells us that nothing, neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus, our Lord. (Romans 8:38-39)

I pray that God continue to sustain you, both spiritually and physically, during this time of change. I pray that God give us all patience as we wait and strengthen our trust in him, as well as in the authorities he has provided to guide us through this situation. And above all else, I pray that God remind us that he is greater than any enemy of body or soul. In closing, I encourage you to open your Bible to Psalm 46 (hardcopy if possible) and read it as a prayer of comfort. I have intentionally not printed it for you year. Please find it and read through it. As you find the words of comfort and peace in this Psalm, hear God’s call to you: “Be still, and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10) Peace be with you. Do not be afraid.

Amen

In Christ,

Pastor Wolf B. Parsons

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