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A Letter from Bro. Paul 4/1/2020

Dear Church Family, May the LORD bless and watch over you. In the Name of the Great Physician, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, may the pestilence be rebuked from your home and family. In 2Timothy 3:1, we are told of “perilous times.” In his day, Timothy warned believers, “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.” The word perilous means, “Hard to bear, grievous, or painful.” As you may know from our study on Sunday evenings under the heading, “Bible Prophecy 101,” I consider the beginning of last days when GOD became a man in the person of Jesus Christ. In Heb.1:1-2, Paul wrote: “God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spoke in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son...” The birth and 33-year ministry of Jesus indicates we have entered the last days. Therefore, in this long stretch of last days since the incarnation of GOD, we can expect perilous times. This pestilence, along with a few earthquakes and tornadoes, is indicative of hard and grievous times. Historically, these calamities are reminders to the faithful, “Jesus is coming.” In Matthew 24:7, Jesus said as much, “...and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.” This perilous pestilence amid us doesn’t mean Jesus is coming tomorrow, or even immediately; but it certainly means what calamities have always meant throughout history, “Jesus is coming. Be ready! (Matthew 24:44).” Why have I said this to you? I say this to you because I know you are disturbed. Perilous times always disturb, disrupt, and drive us to the feet of Jesus, or it should. I think the perils of life, harsh as they may be, cause us to remember we have a Great Shepherd. As the faithful Shepherd, Jesus loves his sheep and constantly watches over each one. The good times, I think make us forgetful; the bad times awaken us to our need for GOD. Let’s take advantage of embracing our Good Shepherd. He’s guarding His sheep. In perilous times, the Good Shepherd has sling and staff in hand. So, what have we to fear? As your Pastor, may I commend you for your faithfulness to our church needs. It is true we are disconnected physically but NOT spiritually. I commend our family ministers, deacons, and church family for their cards, calls, and prayers. Daily, call a brother or sister and share the love of Jesus. Stay Connected! Brother Paul & Cynthia