Category Archives: Pastor Jon’s Blog

Have you noticed the inclusiveness of this pandemic? There is not a part of our world that is void of suffering today. Yesterday we received word that a dear friend’s daughter (a missionary in Peru) had just lost her father-in-law, there in Peru, to the COVID-19 virus. Amazing how a virus has made us all aware of our vulnerability and our inabilities. Whether we are a “super-power” or a “third-world” country, it doesn’t make a difference. We are all infected and affected by this insidious disease. We are all in this together. We are hurting, we are fearful, we are filled with questions and doubts. What are we to do? We do what must be done. Scientists, doctors, nurses, hospital and clinic staff, first-responders, nursing home workers, pastors, teachers, funeral directors, compassionate ministries such as food pantries and soup kitchens… and the list goes on, are all doing what must…

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Monday has arrived, and on the road to Jerusalem there are palm branches left laying on the ground drying out, left from Sunday’s impromptu celebration. This is now Monday and there is work for Jesus to do for Friday is coming. In Matthew 21:12-13, we find these words… “12 Jesus entered the temple courts and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves. 13 “It is written,” he said to them, “My house will be called a house of prayer,’ but you are making it ‘a den of robbers.’” Matthew 21:12-13, NIV Jesus has come to clean things up in our world. Sin has soiled every aspect of life and still does today. Jesus begins this week by cleaning up His own house, the temple. Greed had made His house a mockery. People who came to worship found their worship being…

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Remember that little fingerplay, “Here is the church, and here is the steeple. Open the doors and see all the people”? I was at church yesterday and, boy, it was weird… there were no people. The next part is “close the doors and hear them pray.” Well, at the moment, the doors are closed, but I know you are praying for each other and for folks who are suffering around the world. How like Jesus that is… praying for healing, for new life, for a revival of spirit, hope, peace and unity in a world that so desperately needs these. Keep letting others know you care. Keep praying and soon we will be back again in our buildings worshipping together. Until then, remember you are the church right where you are. Worship and celebrate God’s presence in your life. Remember, “Greater is He that is in you, than he that…

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