Words from the Pastor
Here it is, May 2019 already. Praise the Lord that we are that much closer to His return! We were studying the other day in Men’s Bible Study Hebrew’s 1:1-2, “In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, 2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe.” Did you read verse 2? It says “but in these last days…” Now scholars believe that the Book of Hebrews was written before the destruction of the Temple in A.D. 70 or the author probably would have mentioned the temple. But none-the-less if it was or was not written before or after, it was written around 2,000 years ago, and the author stills says, “in these last days…” Have you ever wondered why the author wrote the words, “in these last days…?” I think it was because the author was looking forward to Christ return. It was in the forefront of his mind and he was hoping it would be that day, that moment or at least in his life time! But here it is 2,000 years later and Christ hasn’t yet returned and caught His bride away. But it is closer brothers and sisters! “Duh pastor” I can hear some of you saying.
Or have we, like some people think, “Is He really coming back? Are we believing a lie?” Seems to me that He should have come back a long time ago. I mean, just look around. The whole world seems to have gone completely mad! What is right is now considered wrong and what is wrong is now considered right. Every where we turn it seems that God has turned His back on the world and left us to fend for ourselves. But has He? Not in the least my brothers and sisters. Not in the least! He is working just like He always has!
Remember what Philippians 1:6 tells us? “ Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ:” He started this whole thing and He knows when it is going to end. He’s got the whole world in His hand! He’s got you and me brother and sister in His hand! And do you know how I know this? Because I have the great privilege of watching each of you grow in the Lord. I see changes in your lives. I see the things that you are going through and yet you keep on keeping on because you know beyond a shadow of a doubt that Christ is going to work all things together for your good. I am so encouraged by all of you and how you allow God to work in your lives. It is amazing to me.
So, let’s all keep it going. Let’s all pull together and shoulder each other’s burdens. God is so good to us brothers and sisters! And we are in the last days. It may go on for a long, long time, but it is still the last days. And I can’t wait to hear these words, “Well done, good and faithful servant!”
Please let me know if you need anything. You pray for me and I’ll pray for you. Naomi and I love you all. -Pastor Steve