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November 23, 2014, 10:00 AM

From Your Pastor's Heart - November 23, 2014


President George Washington’s First Presidential Proclamation

Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me to “recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:”     

Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th day of November next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favorable interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed; for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and, in general, for all the great and various favors which He has been pleased to confer upon us.

And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions; to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our National Government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations (especially such as have shown kindness to us), and to bless them with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us; and, generally to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as He alone knows to be best.

Given under my hand, at the city of New York, the 3d day of October, A.D. 1789.

Go. Washington

 

 




November 16, 2014, 10:00 AM

From Your Pastor's Heart - November 16, 2014


Dear Friends,

Today, we dig further into The Olivet Discourse, Jesus’ talk to His disciples on the Mount of Olives.  We have been looking at the signs of His coming again to earth to rule and to reign as King of kings and Lord of lords.   

Also, today we are going to celebrate the Lord’s Supper together.  This is a time that we celebrate often together as the Lord’s church in Cape Fair.  It is a time for family and if you are in Christ, you are family.  If you are a guest here today, we celebrate open communion, which means that you do not have to be a member of this particular church or even denomination to share with us.

Christ’s true church knows no walls and no national or ethnic boundaries.  Those that have come to Christ in godly sorrow for their sin with repentance and faith in His finished work on the cross alone for their salvation are, as the scripture says, “accepted in the Beloved”.  The Beloved One is Christ Himself.

As we drink from the cup and break the bread, let us remember the basis of our redemption from sin and the wrath of God.  It is all His doing.  Scripture alone tells us that we are saved by Christ alone, justified by His grace alone, trusting Him through faith alone, and living for His glory alone.

We remember His sacrifice.  We remember His words.  And today as we look at Matthew 24, we heed His warnings and look forward to His kingdom!  “Even so, come quickly Lord Jesus!”

As always, my prayer is that we would all Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”    II Timothy 2:15.

Humbly Yours,

Bro Steve

Dr. Steven Gann, Your Shepherd




November 9, 2014, 10:00 AM

From Your Pastor's Heart - November 9, 2014


Dear Friends,

We are now dipping further into autumn with blustery winds and cold rains with more on the way I am sure.  This is perhaps my favorite time of year except for winter.  I know winter is not very popular for some.  I don’t like slick roads and sidewalks either.  My back has gone on strike at times shoveling the beautiful white stuff, but nonetheless a blanket of white covering everything can be quite peaceful.

It may be a while yet before we see any flakes, but the lead up to it is quite amazing.  Our God is quite the artist when it comes to painting landscapes and the fall colors and early morning fogs are a reminder that the world He created is active, amazing, and a picture of our lives.

Seasons are reminiscent of the different times of our lives.  Now, the obvious analogy is to draw a parallel between seasons and age.  But, I would like us to think about the seasons in relation to times in our life of starting new things, wonderful times of joy, the drawing to close of a chapter, and times of our life when we are kind of in a holding pattern.  This is much like Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter; in that order.

There are times of loss which are similar to fall when the life of spring and summer are fading and we may experience a loss or a dramatic change in our lives that may be painful to walk through.  And after the loss, winter sets in with its long seemingly cold days with the starkness of barren branches against a gray sky.  All of us here today are in one season or another as we sit in the service today.

There is one thing I want you to remember, especially if you are in winter time or fall in your life this morning.  Spring is always on the way.  Not because that’s the way the seasons work, but because, as J. Vernon McGee used to say, “God is still on the throne and prayer changes things!”  There is always hope in Christ.  Even in the midst of our winter He sends a blanket of His blessings to comfort and cover the barrenness of our lives in a time of loss.

As always, my prayer is that we would all Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”    II Timothy 2:15.

Humbly Yours,

Bro Steve

Dr. Steven Gann, Your Shepherd




November 2, 2014, 10:00 AM

From Your Pastor's Heart - November 2, 2014


Dear Friends,

What a gracious people you all are!  Once again, you all have gone above and beyond in blessing us.  Last Sunday was such a pleasant surprise.  The sacrifices made on your part for your generous gift of appreciation toward our family do not go unnoticed or unappreciated.  We thank you so much!  It was so incredibly nice of you to recognize our family.  There are literally no words to describe our feeling of gratitude toward your thoughtfulness and generosity.  We were overwhelmed. 

Your kind words of encouragement weekly bring us much joy and strength as we labor alongside you all.  It is a pleasure to be your pastor and your friend.

What a week of work you all have put in toward the Fall Festival.  I am sure planes flying over Cape Fair could smell the cookies and cakes baking in your ovens for the festival.

Thanks go out to Tracy Hudson who coordinates our Children’s Ministries and Belinda Evans coordinator of our Youth Ministries and all of our wonderful volunteers that are putting this thing together for the community.   God has placed this church body here in this community for this time to be His light set on a hill.  You all sure do shine brightly!

As always, my prayer is that we would all Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”    II Timothy 2:15.

Humbly Yours,

Bro Steve

Dr. Steven Gann, Your Shepherd




December 25, 2000, 3:00 PM

From Your Pastor's Heart - December 25, 2016



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