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Newsletter for December 2002

The Pastor’s Pen  

Hello Friends, 

First of all, I want to inform any of you who have not yet heard, that Linda is recovering fully & rapidly from her accident on November 2nd.  She had surgery to re-construct her crushed cheekbone & eye socket on November 19th.  Unlike Humpty Dumpty, the Macular Surgeon, Dr. Curtis, with the guiding, healing hand of our Father, was able to put all the pieces together again.  We are deeply grateful for God’s healing touch and I again want to express our deep appreciation for all of your prayers, cards, calls, meals, flowers, emails and visits.  You will never know how much it meant to Linda and me to know that we had your prayers, love and concern in her time of pain and suffering.  She still looks a little beat up, but she is recovering nicely.

Let us never fail to keep those on our Church prayer list in our daily prayers and let us remember that our prayers do not end with, “Amen”.  We can each be part of God’s answer to prayers by being His hands.  Our presence, expressions of love, concern, and support mean so much to those in pain, those alone, and those who suffer.  We indeed are agents for God and we must be available for service so He can use us for healing, loving, supporting and encouraging each other. 

It does not seem possible, but here we are at the end of 2002.  It seems like only yesterday that some were predicting catastrophe, gloom and doom, striking fear in the hearts of many as we approached Y2K.  We know that we are in the “end time”; we just don’t know how long that “end time” is.  So, we must keep working, doing, and preaching the Gospel in word and deed.  Each of us has been called and it is incumbent upon each of us to walk worthy of our vocation and make our calling and election sure.  We are agents for God…. Ambassadors for Christ. 

Eph 4:1            I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,  (KJV) 

2 Pet 1:10-11

10            Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:

11        For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.  (KJV) 

2 Cor 5:20            Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God. (KJV) 

God has called us together for a purpose, a reason; we are not joined together in this Church by accident or chance.  We have a ministry to perform.  It takes all of us… our time, our energy, our talents, our work, our commitment, our tithes and offerings to carry out our calling.  As we end the year, let us live up to what God expects of us and be truly profitable servants!

                         Jeff Booth 

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