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January 15, 2017, 12:00 AM

From Your Pastor's Heart - January 15, 2017

Good Morning Family!

            Along the vein that I spoke to you last week on prayer and prevailing against the influences of the Enemy on our families, churches, and communities; I want to continue today.

            As you know, Robin, Holly, and I went to Kansas City last week for a few days to be with our niece who was having major surgery.  We have been praying for her and she has been on the church prayer list for a while now.  I will share a little more in the service, but the surgery outcome and post-op was nothing short of a miracle.  More in the service at prayer time...

            Regarding prayer for our church and the work of ministry; I want to share with you a unique experience I had this past week.  I contacted the only pastor left at the church in Blue Springs where I served for 13 years, Plaza Heights Baptist Church.  I have shared with you before about the heart-breaking turmoil that church has been through over the past 7 years or so.

            The only staff person left is the Pastor of Student Ministries and Worship, Nate Jones.  He is a very good friend and actually was in a youth group of mine early in our ministry at another church in Kansas City in the 1990’s.  I went by the church office on this past Monday (for the first time since we left) to speak with him and catch up.

            Long story short, the church there appears to be turning a corner and has allowed a larger sister church in the area to come alongside them and form a partnership with them to guide them in ministry in order to get some new focus, direction, and vision.  I have spoken to several folks from that church who are still there and there is a real sense of hope again.  Nate testified to this as well.  He said he is very optimistic about the future, if they remain on this track.  Nate and the church there also presented us with two large faux stained glass wall hangings for our sanctuary here in Cape Fair that used to hang in the sanctuary at Plaza Heights.  They do not really use them there anymore and they will look great in our sanctuary and will add a splash of color in a month or so, when I go pick them up. (They would not fit in our car this time.)

            I told Nate I would put the church on our weekly prayer guide and partner with them to pray for their leadership as they launch out into this new endeavor to grow healthy and strong again.  The potential is limitless there, as it is everywhere God is at work among His people.  He said they would pray for us as well.  So, I would ask your prayers for this sister church that has been through so much attack by the Enemy, as they appear to be coming out the other side of the battle.  It is always good to see a “Big W” for the Christ’s Church!

            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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