Pastor Tom's October 2020 Newsletter

October 2020

     The beauty of God’s creation is spectacular this time of year. The leaves have all turned gold and are quickly turning loose. passing of seasons marks God’s faithfulness so now we prepare for winter.

    There is a great deal of unrest and upheaval in our world and the incessant reminders are everywhere (coronavirus, election / political strife, Supreme Court nominations, the economy, protests, riots and looting etc. etc. etc.). It would seem lawlessness is on the rise and many are angry and are using any and every reason to vent or act out, with many not even knowing why they are angry. I’m reminded that for such times as this we can rely on the “the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding….” Paul writes that the way we remain in this peace is to not to be anxious about anything but pray about everything with thanksgiving. The challenge is to not let the negative things of the world replace the positive things of the kingdom (whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.) Let these positive things direct our actions…which leads to another promise that “the God of peace will be with you.” God is in control! Peace is not really the absence of conflict but the presence of the Lord through it. We are reminded in John 16:33 “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

     It is right to praise and glorify God for His faithfulness in protecting the body through the pandemic and sustaining the unity of the body as many are staying connected through the livestream. God’s work through the church continues and we continue to go out in the Spirit of Christ, reach out with the love and grace of Christ, and speak out with the message of Christ.

1 Corinthians 16:13 Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong.

Pastor Tom