If My People

The call to repent of sin and return to God is not unusual in scripture—in fact, it is found throughout! For example—

·       To the Hebrew people of Solomon’s day, God said “If my people, who are called by name, will humble themselves and pray, and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land”(2 Chronicles 7:14).

·       God’s prophet Isaiah declared “Seek the Lord while He may be found; call upon Him while He is near” (Isaiah 55:6).

·       Jeremiah said “Return, faithless Israel” (Jeremiah 3:12).

·       Ezekiel pronounced “Therefore, say to the house of Israel, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Repent! Turn from your idols and renounce all your detestable practices!’” (Ezekiel 14:6).

·       This call to repentance which permeates scripture is the central theme of Zechariah’s message to the people of his day. Thus, he proclaims on behalf of God “Return to me!” (Zechariah 1:3).

·       When Jesus launched His ministry, (like John the Baptist) he proclaimed “The time has come, and the kingdom of God is near; repent and believe the gospel” (Mark 1:15).

Do you think America needs such a message today? So do I! For that reason, this Sunday, July 4th our worship service (10:30 am -12:00 noon) will follow the theme: If My People (2 Chronicles 7:14). All of our singing, praying & preaching will focus on our need to return to God as a nation. This is an important emphasis for it is “Righteousness that exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people” (Proverbs 14:34).

I hope you will delay any plans for July 4th celebration with friends & family until you first join us in worship (this Sunday only there will be no Bible Study classes and only one worship service). See you Sunday!

Devotedly yours,
Pastor Ron

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