Pastor's Desk

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My challenge to each of us this week is to do the difficult task of assessing what our progress has and had not been in our walk with the Lord in the past weeks or months and set a course for better. At the same time, take the time to count every blessing no matter how small they may seem. A balanced inward look can lead to balanced outward relationships.
My encouragement to all of us this week is to be sure that, in good times and in bad, we remain connected to the source of our strength. Lent is over but I have discovered that we have never needed a time of prayer and fasting more than we do right now. Let us all remain committed to the spiritual disciplines of prayer, fasting and scripture study that we might continue to find the strength to celebrate God in victory and trust God in the storms.
Easter Sunday!
Our predominant focus should still be the excitement and joy that comes with knowing that He is alive and lives within our hearts! I encourage you to set down your reservations and inhibitions and give God your BEST praise today!
Whatever you face, no matter how many times you face it, God WILL see you through. Trust and believe, read His Holy Word, pray without ceasing and seek the company and council of wise believers. I empathize with you but Christ KNOWS you. He will never leave you alone!

I love you, aint a thang you can do about it! Your Pastor, CJ
During this Lenten season, I am seeking God's presence and the discipline to dwell in it without diversion. I have times when I am so exhausted from the trials of life that I find it hard to carry out even the simplest of tasks that God has set before me. Too often I have "slept" on my daily communion with the Lord in the weakness of my flesh. I am therefore committing myself in these coming weeks to the disciple of prayer and fasting that I may seek His face and avoid temptation. If you have found yourself also, at times, spiritually sleeping on the job, I ask that you join faith with me in "Watching and Praying" that we might accomplish what the Lord has set before us.
God is great and greatly to be praised. As we move towards the Lenten season, I encourage each of you to take time each day to thank God for all of his greatness. This week, in particular, I ask that we each concentrate on the greatness that He has displayed throughout his creation. When I see the mountains, valleys the oceans and even the stars at night, I am overwhelmed and in awe of God's greatness. If God can make all of this out of nothing, He is surely able to supply my every need.

I also look forward to seeing all PCC members this Wednesday night at 7:00 pm for our Ash Wednesday service.
My most recent life experience has renewed my faith and reminded me that God is sovereign and all powerful. There is nothing that he cannot do and all things are subject to His time and His will.
As the old song says, if the Lord never does anything else for me, He's done enough!
This week I thank God for His sustaining power which keeps us through the trials of life.
If you happen to be experiencing the storms of life remember this. Our Lord still has the power to calm the storm or calm you so that you can endure the storm!
As we are experiencing weather and life that have a constant range of highs and lows, I am reminded of the peace and strength that comes from serving a God who is unchanging. From day to day you may not know whether you will need heat or air conditioning. Some moments bring you to tears on the heels of great joy. One thing is for sure. Our Lord is the same yesterday, today and forever. I ask that you agree with me in faith that no matter what life brings, we will trust in the Lord!
This week we continue to pray for those who are affected by the record-setting government shutdown. It is not lost on me as we go into the season in which we culturally celebrate the life of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. that his legacy calls us to speak up for the oppressed.

I Love you, aint a thang you can do about it!

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