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February 22, 2015, 5:20 PM

From Your Pastor's Heart - February 22, 2015

Good Morning Family,

It is early Saturday morning as I write this letter to you for our worship guide and bulletin.  It certainly has been an interesting week.  We have more than several from our family here at FBCCF who are going through some pretty tough challenges this week.  The weather has not been our friend either, as we cancelled evening services last Sunday night due to freezing rain and sleet that turned to a pile-up of snow that caused us to not able to have activities on Wednesday night either.

It has, however, been quite beautiful looking at the blanket of white across these mountains and in the forest areas.  At night in the cold, if you go outside it is very quiet except for the occasional dog barking or coyote yelp.  The other night it was just my dog Ruby and myself outside in the black of night and it was so incredibly cold that there was not a bit of vapor of clouds in the night sky.  It seemed as though I could see forever.  The stars and galaxies visible were shimmering and many.  It is wonderful to know we serve such an infinitely expansive God.

The scriptures say in Psalm 33:6, By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, And all the host of them by the breath of His mouth.  The stars and planets and galaxies were literally breathed out by God.  For God to create the heavens is as simple for Him as exhaling.  Is anything too hard for Him?  Is anything you are going through right now, too hard for Him?

In the midst of our personal trials and challenges, in the midst of larger more worldwide upheaval and evil, there can seem to be no hope.  It can be dark, but we must know that our Lord is there working all things to our good.  On the way to “our good” can be pain and loss, but we can be assured that it is all for our ultimate good and His glory.  That can be very hard to see in the dark, but that is why we walk by faith and not by sight.  II Corinthians 5:6-9 says,

So we are always confident, knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord. For we walk by faith, not by sight. We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord. Therefore we make it our aim, whether present or absent, to be well pleasing to Him.

Even in death, what most of us would call the ultimate time of loss, there is victory.  We must remain confident that nothing can separate us from the love of Christ.  Nothing! Nothing! Nothing!  Romans 8 says,

35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written:

“For Your sake we are killed all day long;   We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.”

37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Take courage, family!  No matter what is going on in your life or on the news, Jesus said in John 16:33, “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

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

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