A Word from Our Pastor
I am blessed to have such a beautiful wife and seven children. My family and I have greatly enjoyed the Dunnellon area and are excited to be a part of such dynamic church growth.
I have been ordained since 1989 and this is my fourth appointment ministering to a local congregation. I have served the church on the District level in two areas and the Annual Conference on the Board of Church and Society.
I can't imagine pastoring anywhere else at this time of my life. I have no doubt that God has blessed me greatly by serving this wonderful congregation."
Our devotion this week comes from July 1st of The Upper Room, titled, “God‘s Handwriting.”
The Bible verse to memorize is Psalm 19:1, where the Psalmist says, “the heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.”
We are in the beginning of a brand new month. Within a few days we will have, what our country has known for many years, as the July 4th recognition. There will not be the celebrations as we are used to having them because of COVID-19. The virus is not the only thing attacking our nation presently. There is quite a debate in our land about trying to heal some of our sinfulness in history without removing history itself. There are no easy answers here. I do know that there are a number of verses in the New Testament dealing with slavery and those might be the next areas discussed to find ways to remove them. How do we deal with our past? The Bible so clearly explains that we are born in sin.
2Corinthians 5:17 says that in Christ the old has passed away, behold all things become new. By regeneration in Jesus, our lives are radically changed. When you fall in love with such a beautiful, perfect Savior, healing takes place. The Scriptures teach us that you cannot put new wine in old wine skins or it will tear them up :-), but I heard a saying one time that if you take those old wine skins and rework them that they can become better than even brand new wine skins. The intention of our founding fathers was that a nation would form with tremendous individual and corporate freedoms. I’m sure we have a long ways to go to refine those early initiatives, but dear friends, we have come a long way. I can even remember in my lifetime a tremendous difference how we handle relationships with those of various races. What is the answer? You can just turn on your screen and get a variety of resolutions :-) I think though, from the church, what we need to hear more about is the all encompassing love of the one called Jesus. His righteousness shines brightly and his mercy and grace are tremendous.
Some of you remember this song from years gone by, “...what the world needs now is love sweet love :-)” what the world really needs right now is Jesus, sweet Jesus.
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