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June 2022

Greetings brothers and sisters in Christ,

As I write this letter, we are preparing to celebrate Memorial Day, a day when we remember those who gave there lives that might enjoy the freedoms that we have as Americans. Also, we grieve over the 2nd largest school mass shooting in our history. I grieve as well about the losing of our nation. We are lost because we have forgotten, no, turned our backs on God. We have kicked Him out of everything, including the fundamental truths that our nation was built upon, “All men (and women) are created equal, with the rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” We are not happy. We don’t see liberty for all. We don’t have life.

Jesus said, I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10, NIV) How can we have life if we don’t believe the words of the scriptures? If we are to put and end to mass murders, hatred and division, maybe we need to turn back to God. Here is what the prophet Zechariah had to say, Therefore tell the people: This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘Return to me,’ declares the Lord Almighty, ‘and I will return to you,’ says the Lord Almighty. Do not be like your ancestors, to whom the earlier prophets proclaimed: This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘Turn from your evil ways and your evil practices.’” (Zechariah 1:3-4, NIV)

Friends, The United Methodist Church, in fact, most Christian churches as well as our nation are failing because they have turned away from God and the scriptures. We as the Christian church and a nation, need to get on our knees and repent; confess our sin, turn back to God and seek His forgiveness. Then and only then will these senseless murders cease, the Church will grow and our nation will heal.

Remember those who gave their lives for our freedoms and remember these words for Paul, 13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13, NKJ)

May God bless you, your families and our nation.

In His Name,

Pastor Bill