May the blessings of Almighty God in our Savior Jesus Christ be yours every day.

Pastor Denton Lester I’ll bet that your July certainly looks and feels different than your last July. For no matter what you were doing last year at this time you never had a thought about Covid-19. In July 2019 it did not exist. There were other things last year; I remember we went to a Pirate game last year on the fourth of July. Last year Holly and the kids were here from Texas at this same time. Last year summer was summer, and we didn’t think anything about going any-where. Not so this summer.

You know the story of the two who were walking to Emmaus after the events that happened following the crucifixion of Jesus. In the story the risen Jesus comes and travels with them as they walk. In their discussion of all that had taken place, Jesus said to them, “What are these words that you are exchanging with one another as you are walking?” or to say it in today’s language, “What are you talking about?”

It really seems like the two with whom He spoke didn’t know or understand what had happened and what it meant for them from that day forward although they questioned Him. I mean they knew that Jesus was crucified. They knew that the plans a lot of them had were gone, and with that a lot of hope. It was Jesus who asked what events they were discussing. That question is for us today, what events, what things?

“Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you.” Matthew 6:33

The events in our day, the virus may contribute to other things like the unrest, the rioting, the hatred, the cry of racism, and the great sense of uncertainty. These are the things that we should be watching. Signs are all around us and many people are going where they are going and doing what they are doing unaware of these things.

Scripture has much to say about the last days, about the time between the first advent and the second advent of Christ. We know that the scriptures tell us to be on guard, to be alert, to know that difficult times will come, but we are to know that destruction will come suddenly. We are to know that “Evil men and imposters will proceed from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived” (2 Timothy 3:13). There are those who wish deceive us. They would like us to see things that are evil as good and things that are good as evil. Because we believe what the Bible says about issues in our society we are ridiculed, seen as narrow-minded and hateful.

We are not to be surprised by all of this for it has been told to us by Him. What we should be understanding is that the time is very near. The time is like birth pains, the events are increasing rapidly and with greater and greater concern. He said, “See to it that no one misleads you” (Matt. 24:4). See to it means that it is on us. Is our responsibility to make sure that we know what is going on and that we are not mislead, or deceived by those who are evil persons wanting to mislead us. So much of what we hear today in the news, what we read in the newspapers and in print, what is on social media pages are things that are meant to mislead us and they are intentionally trying to do so. There is a worldwide interest in deception.

“At that time many will fall away and betray one another and hate one another.” (Matt. 24:10) The question is can we see this happening? When Jesus said, “What things?”, He was wanting to know if we understand. Are our spiritual eyes and ears sensitive to the things going on all around us? Peter told us that “in the last days mockers will come with their mocking, following after their own lusts” (2 Peter 3:3). There are many who would consider this time as just a bump in the road of life, yet may we know that God is preparing. He wants our attention to be on Him for He is speaking through the many signs He is sending. Peter also says “since you look for these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, spotless, and blameless, and regard the patience of our Lord as salvation.” 2 Peter 3:14) Preparation is of the essence; we need to be ready! Be in the Word, know “What Things” we are to know. Jesus wants each of us to be prepared, to be on guard, to be ready; please know the signs, know the Word, but most of all know Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. Give your life to Him today.

In the meantime we need to be watching and waiting…

My prayer is that I may see you in church.

Pastor Denton
            Pastor Denton

July 2020