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From the Heart of the Pastor

"I AM . . . Observing and Doing the Lord's Commandments"

Posted by Pastor Cory B. Oliver on November 23, 2013 at 11:15 AM

Dear Saints of the Most High God,

Deuteronomy 28:12 The Lord will open for you His rich storehouse, the heavens, to give the rain of your land in its season and to bless all your undertakings. You will lend to many nations, but you will not borrow. (NRSV)

Our constant supplies we must see coming from God’s good treasure, and own our obligations to Him for them; if He withhold His rain, the fruits both of the ground and of the cattle soon perish. We depend upon God and His blessing, not only for our yearly corn (our income) out of the field, but for our daily bread out of our basket and store, and therefore are taught to pray for it every day (Matthew Henry).

I was given a bumper sticker that says “God Has Blessed American, Worship Him.” I thought it was perfect! From the President of the United States all the way down to advertising campaigns, the logo God Bless American has (at least in my life time) always been proclaimed. We are richly blessed; God has given us a great and mighty storehouse to celebrate Him and to advance the mission of the God to make disciples. That storehouse of blessing is found in the person of Jesus the Christ, for He IS the source of all that is good and true. Just look around at the rest of the world with such hardship, famine, violence, etc.; we are truly blessed! That is not to say we do not have troubles or problems in our land, we do, however, our abundance exceeds that which we are deficient. As you read this I would pray that you try your best to share a blessing with someone this week, whatever away that blessings may appear: a card, a call, a visit, a kind smile to a stranger. Friends you just don't ever know sometimes what your ministry, work, service, blessing may do for someone else!

Below I want to share you with a testimony from a dear colleague and friend. This testimony proves we are blessed, and that God deeply cares.

"My husband died recently. Two weeks after he left us, I stopped at the drive-through of a local restaurant to get a sandwich. It was a particularly difficult day for me emotionally, and I just wanted to get my lunch and go. When I got to the window to pay, I was greeted by a young, tall slender black man who cheerfully said, “Lady, this is your lucky day! This is YOUR lucky day! I wasn’t feeling cheerful or interested in conversation, so I mumbled “What do you mean?” He replied, “The customer in front of you has paid for your lunch.”

Unexpectedly, I burst into tears, which startled him. He kept asking “Lady, are you OK? Are you OK?” He was clearly and genuinely concerned. When I gathered myself and explained to him, he said, over and over again, Ma’m, I’m so sorry. It’s going to be alright. You are going to be alright. I’m so sorry. I am going to be praying for you. Ma’m, it’s going to be alright. I’m going to be remembering you. Ma’m, I love you.” I told him that he could not possibly know what his compassion—and the kindness of that customer who paid for my lunch--meant to me. I thanked him, and said…” I love you, too.”

Such caring from 2 strangers….there is goodness in the world. God appears in places and persons we often take for granted…..Shalom." Rev. Carrie Parrish, 11/02/13

This week I challenge you to do likewise . . . Just see how the GIVER, will give even more, when you step out by faith. Count your many blessings, count them one by one with a attitude of gratitude. And as Rick Gilstrap reminds the Men's Prayer Breakfast attendees, "Go out and do good!"

Because He first love me - From the Heart of the Pastor . . .

Pastor Cory

(It's All about Jesus)

This Weeks Lectionary Readings: Haggai 1:15b-2:9 / Psalm 145:1-5, 17-21 / 2 Thessalonians 2:1-5, 13-17 / Luke 20:27-38

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