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Pastor’s Letter, November, 2020

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Dear Family and Friends. Right after the Apostle Paul exhorted the Ephesians to stand firm in the day of evil by being strong in the Lord (and in the power of His might), and by putting on the whole armor of God–he wrote in Ephesians 6:19-20, “and [pray] for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.” Even though Paul was in prison when he wrote to the Ephesians he was not going to let that stop him from doing the Lord’s work and from boldly sharing the gospel. Likewise, more than anything else, we must be most concerned about people being saved. We must make the same determination that Paul made: I’m going to spread the gospel as my top priority; I’m going to advance the gospel in all of life’s circumstances; I’m going to further the gospel through all that happens to me.

Paul didn’t wait for life to be perfect before he furthered the gospel. He spread the gospel, even when life was messy, imperfect and far from ideal. Paul completed the Lord’s task of spreading the gospel even in the midst of strong opposition, suffering, being insulted, expulsion and hostility. (See 2 Thessalonians 2:2,16). He shared his mindset about this in 2 Timothy 2:10, where he basically said: I’ll endure anything as long as people get saved. The gospel is the good news of salvation through Jesus. Here’s the gospel message in a nutshell: Things started off good between us and God, but then we messed up by choosing to sin. Sin drives God away and separates us from Him. Sin entangles our lives in an inescapable snare, and robs us of everything God desires for us. We can’t free or rescue ourselves from sin; we can’t undo what we’ve done. But God has made a way for us to get back into good standing with Him again–Jesus is the Way, the only Way. When we believe in Jesus and receive Him as our Lord and Savior; when we turn to Him in repentance and faith we are saved, forgiven, set from from sin and made right with God! Then we live for the One who died for us. Jesus is the One who died for our sins (and for the sins of the world), and rose again the third day, and ever lives to pray and intercede for us. That’s the good news!