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October 8, 2017, 12:00 AM

From Your Pastor's Heart - October 8, 2017

Good Morning Family,

          This past Wednesday, I spent some time with the kids and we talked about some of their fears that they have living in this world.  No doubt, on the surface, the world can be a scary place at times; especially as we were witnesses to this past week.  One thing that the world definitely does not do, is bring us comfort and peace.

            To be certain, there are times when we feel a peace in this world.  Those times are when we are in a God ordained place or situation.  I told the kids about going to visits my grandparents’ house as a young boy.  Those are some good times when I felt safe and secure.  I also felt very safe in my own home with my parents.

            I can still look back on those times of walking into Grandma’s house that smelled of green beans and chicken.  In fact, whenever I smell green beans with bacon cooking, I am taken back to my Grandma’s kitchen every time.  And the aroma of bacon and eggs takes me to my Granny’s house.  I shared with them the reason that those times and places are special is that Jesus was in the lives of those precious people and His presence also dwelt in their homes. 

          My heart is broken in that, in many ways, those kinds of safe places for kids these days are either nonexistent or the simplicity of the homeplace is gone by the wayside.  It seems that the more the world “progresses”, the more cold and cruel it gets.  I want this church to be one of those places for the children and families to which we minister, and for all of us as well, to be literally the old homeplace.

          And here is also our aim:  I want this place to be a family to each one of you as we stand side by side and seek to strengthen, encourage, pray for, and support one another as we walk down the road together.  I think we have gone a long way together in making this place a safe and peaceful place to gather to worship and learn about our Great God and His love for us.  I want our church to remain a simple, safe, and serene place.  That may seem an “old fashioned” idea of church, but church is family and that’s the way it used to be… and the way it should be… and the way it is here.

          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 of the Hills









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