Personal Note by Pastor Alan
What a week! Even better, what a year! I never thought in January we would face a world-wide pandemic, a major economic downturn, personally felt by us and many others. Now this week here we are facing wildfires, record heat and high winds. Raetta and I know of some friends in Oregon that lost their homes and others evacuated to shelters. You may know of some here in our area affected by the fires. Let's remember to pray for them.
When will it end? That's a good question, I hope soon. It'll be nice to worship together freely, to shop without a mask, to enjoy on outing to the lake or park with clean air. Many are wondering if all we are experiencing is a sign of the end times. Or could this be God's judgment on us for rebelling against Him as a nation or even the world? Those are good questions and difficult to answer. As to the end times, we are living in the end times. There is nothing that has to prophetically happen before the return of Jesus. What we see may be precursors of the coming tribulation, but it will be much worse. For me and you, we need to be ready for His return and make sure those close to us are ready. As for God's judgment, I don't know. As a society who has moved away from God like we have, God has every right to judge us. Just in my lifetime, so much has changed and as a nation we have definitely left God out of our lives. So if God is judging us or just trying to get our attention, we deserve it and we should repent and pay attention to Him and His word!
In our daily reading this week we read Isaiah 43. It says, "Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you and the rivers will not overwhelm you, When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched and the flame will not burn you. For I am the LORD your God,"
It's comforting to know that no matter what we go through He is with us. He loves us and watches over us everyday. Be it a virus, unemployment, isolation at home, or in midst of a wildfire, He is still the LORD our God. Let's pray for all and each other. May God keep you and protect you!
Onward and Upward!
Daily Scripture Reading For September 14 through 18
Monday: Isaiah 56-59, Psalm70, 1 Corinthians 16
Tuesday: Isaiah 60-63, 2 Corinthians 1
Wednesday: Isaiah 64-66, 2 Corinthians 2
Thursday: 2 Kings 21, 2 Chronicles 33, Psalm 71, 2 Corinthian 3
Friday: Nahum, Psalm 149, 2 Corinthians 4
New Office Open House Next Week
We will have an open house on Sunday, September 16 after the worship service. Another open house for those who want to be socially distanced is on Tuesday, September 18 from 10:00 to 2:00 on a drop in basis. Come see your new office!
September's Memory Verse
"But to all who did receive him, he gave them the right to be children of God, to those who believe in his name."