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July 24, 2017, 5:57 PM

From Your Pastor's Heart - July 2, 2017

Good Morning Family,

            Two years ago, in my letter of the weekend of the Fourth of July, I wrote down this quote:  

                       Abraham Lincoln said, “America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”  Two years later, I stand with Lincoln on this one.  I am more convinced of its truth now that then.  A lot of dirty water has passed under the bridge since then.

            I usually write this letter on Thursdays or Fridays.  I must tell you that I am not sure what you are going to get for a sermon this morning.  I have written and rewritten many things so far this week and I am still having trouble knowing how to approach this years’ Independence Day sermon.

            I want to bring a message of hope for America, but I am like a lot of you.  I am praying God has not given up on us yet.  I want us to realize there is no such thing as “national salvation”.  What I mean is that we can do what we can do to try to turn our nation back to God, but that only happens on an individual level.  A society or culture is still only won to Christ one person at a time.

            And we are seeing in dramatic fashion all around us, the result of a nation of individuals who are consistently turning their back on God and the Gospel of Christ.  We see it in some of our family members, we see it in some of our friends, we see it in some of our churches, and we see it all over in our communities.  Even as we watch the bizarre antics of those in our government played out in the media and on the internet; here is the sad truth.  Their “misbehavior” is merely a reflection of the culture at large.

            We ask where has civility gone in our government.  It is gone in our government, because it first disappeared in our society.  It disappeared in our society in direct correlation to our nation’s disregard for the Word of God.  The church is the only thing left to stand in the gap, not only during these times, but all throughout history.  Until Christ calls us home through death or departure, we must not relent or let our guard down for a moment.

            We must fill out altars at church with prayerful people of God, going to God in prayer for the souls of those around us who are depending on us to bring them the Gospel and demonstrate Christ’s love to them.  Sometimes it feels like we are not making a difference.  But, we do not always see the spiritual realm.  God does not let our efforts go to waste.  He wants to use this church in a mighty way to shepherd and guide those He calls to Himself in this area.  It is our job to simply be faithful stewards.

            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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