AN ENCOURAGING WORD FROM TERRY
July 22, 2020
Well, here we are still in Phase 2 of reopening, however, we are still strong and are making progress in reopening our facilities, ministries, and our lives. As I recall in the beginning of this Pandemic and after our governor shut our state down, I sent you a note of encouragement stating that in Christ we were bigger than this pandemic and four months later we still are bigger and stronger. I briefly talked then about not allowing fear to guide us or keep us from the ministry the Lord has called us to. To my delight you did not allow fear to hold you back, and we have experienced amazing ministry even during this time of catastrophic change. Obviously, we did so by using new and different methods. What we discovered is that we could, in fact, do things many thought we could not before all of this happened. KEEP IT UP!!
In addition to the pandemic issues we have been subjected to the protest, stemming from the tragic death of George Floyd, that has led to a host of other unintended consequences. In short, our world is in a chaotic state just now and the only answer that solves the problems we are experiencing is a personal relationship with Jesus! We, the church, have the opportunity to help usher in calm, help those without Jesus to have a personal relationship with Him by sharing the gospel, and set an example, for all, by showing the world what the love of God can do for one without any hope.
Finally, in addition to both the pandemic and the chaos, our association, through one of our sister churches, experienced a very tragic loss of their pastor. The fallout and damage of this event has affected many both in the church and community. Fortunately however, the Lord is moving among them and they are on the road to healing and recovery.
Despite all this craziness God is still in control and wants us to realize He is our guide and comfort. He is the power we need to survive these life altering events and He will open doors of opportunity to experience a great revival. Remember also revival often comes out of chaos and is secured when God’s people pray!!! I want to encourage you to trust in Him only and love others in the Love of God. By following this advice, we will indeed emerge stronger than we have every been for the cause of Christ!!! Please remember, as well, that I love you and consider it an honor to serve the greatest association in the state of North Carolina!