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Pastor Jim and Darla invite you join them for Home Church Sabbath mornings on our Watch Live page or via Facebook Live. In addition to worship service, Wednesday prayer meetings, 7-8 pm, and Friday Vespers, 7:30 pm, will be available for viewing as well. Prayer meeting and Vespers is only available "live" on the church Facebook page, but will be posted to the website for later viewing.
A MESSAGE FROM PASTOR JIM
Hi, Northside church family! This is a group email to all our church members who have provided me an email address. I will periodically send information or messages via email to help improve our communication efforts while we are unable to meet together.
As followers of the Lord Jesus – it is important to remember that in times of national or even global crisis…our God makes this bold statement, "Blessed are those who trust in the LORD and have made the LORD their hope and confidence. They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit. (Jer 17:7,8 NLT) I truly love this wonderful promise with all of my heart!!
My dear Friends, the enemy of our souls wants us to take our eyes off of Jesus and focus all of our attention on this current crisis. By God’s grace, let’s not be victims of the 24/7 news cycle and be left feeling empty and overwhelmed. No! By God’s grace – we are called “trees of righteousness” (Is. 61:3) and our roots reach deep into the River. God’s people are not bothered nor worried when heat or drought come our way. Our hope and confidence are in the Lord our God, Creator of heaven and earth!! As the song says, “Jesus is my Savior – I shall not be moved!!”
The words given to Jeremiah provide us great hope that even in times of heat and drought the leaves of the trees stay green and never stop producing fruit. What does this imagery mean? Green leaves and abundant fruit means we will have a vibrant spiritual life and the fruit of the Spirit in our lives will be shared with everyone we meet. Stephen Covey’s words of wisdom still ring true – “The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.” To be sure – the coronavirus is not the ‘main thing’…Jesus is.
All glory and praise to our Most High God who still sits on the throne in His Holy Temple!! Amen.
“Give us today the bread that does not run out.” Matt. 6:11
Pastor Jim John
Alaska Conference of Seventh-day Adventists
Anchorage Northside Church