Pastor's Desk

This week our nation celebrated Independence Day the holiday which commemorates the establishment of sovereignty for the United States of America. In that instance, a declaration of freedom was made rejecting the authority of England or any other nation that would attempt to impose its will on the citizens of this land.

It is important to note the complicated entanglements of freedom and bondage, prosperity and oppression, and virtue and vice that plague our country's history. In this, we challenge ourselves to love our nation enough to challenge her to live up to her fullest potential for all who dwell in the land.
This week has been extremely busy at People's Community Church!
The North End Foundation and The Berea City Club sponsored Science Camp
The Feed The Kids summer lunch program also continued
Young people were also engaged in the hard work that is done by the Berea Youth Works program including the landscaping of our own grounds.
This in addition to all of our normal ministry activities during the week. Summer is in full swing!
We should not take for granted all of the things that God has blessed our congregation to be able to support.

This week's heavy rains and flooding have been at the forefront of my thoughts. It is so amazing to me that there can be so many things in our world that we pray desperately for when we lack but pray with the same intensity for it to stop when we have too much. How perplexing is it that you could literally die from too little or too much of the same thing.

In seasons of feast or famine, flood or drought and even extreme heat or cold, always know that God is always balanced. His perfect wisdom and holiness give us a picture of how we can keep things in balance even in a world that seems to be saturated or void of so many things. In him, we find both the patience to wait and the diligence to seek. He retains the power to destroy and the grace to restore.

Today we honor all of the men who are fathers and father figures in our church, families, and community.
This week many churches celebrate or acknowledge Pentecost. There is much to reflect on as we consider the fulfillment of Christ's promise that a "Comforter" would come after he departed from this world. Another aspect that we should consider is the diversity of people from many nations who came together and were united in the common experience of the move of the Holy Spirit (read Acts Chapter 2).

I pray that God will send a revival and that we who are believers in this fellowship and others would be united in a fresh and miraculous way for the upbuilding of His kingdom. As the elders would say when I was growing up "Lord send a revival, and let it begin with me!"
As God's children, we must wrestle our attention from all of the things that distract us and "seek God's face"! We need to pray and ask God to search our hearts for any barriers we have to His will.
Memorial Day is a wonderful opportunity to remember those loved ones who are no longer with us and thank God for all of that He has established through their lives. For some, this is a difficult task as the pain of physical separation affects each of us in a unique way. Let's all be encouraged, however, at the fact that God is with us and will always sustain us. Remember the promise in Psalm 126:5 "Those who sow in tears shall reap with shouts of joy!" Keep sowing and continue to expect your harvest!
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!

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