Praise be to God the Father and to His Son Jesus Christ.
Grace and peace be to you and stay with you because He loves you.

Pastor Denton Lester Wednesday is the Autumnal Equinox, the first day of autumn. Fall y’all! There is such beauty in this season what with the color change of the trees, the cool crisp mornings and bright blue skies with puffy white clouds. It is exhilarat-ing is it not? There are those beautiful harvest moons, like the one tonight. They just add to the celebration. In all that beauty and joy and blessing, who would think that we would still be talking about the Covid? The joy of God’s creation overwhelms even the concerning events that seem to try to rob our peace and joy.

“These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).

Where do we find our peace? There are so many people today frightened and confused. The media gives great cause for that every day with the doom’s day reporting that they have become very comfortable sharing. Our borders are being compromised, and our cities are being overrun with crime. There are issues with finding people willing to work. So many people in our world today are unhappy. They have no peace, and they want to share that with everyone else. If they are miserable, they want us to be miserable too. With all the concerns to deal with, how could there possibly be peace and joy?

“For to me, to live is Christ.”
Philippians 1:21

I guess the question of the day is whether we are focusing on things of earth or things of heaven. If we are trusting in man or in God? Remember Proverbs 3:5-6 which says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” Too often we are leaning on our own understanding. We trust the Lord to be completely capable of saving our souls for eternity, but we struggle with everyday issues and problems that He is certainly capable of taking care of if we trust Him as we say we do. We truly need to take to heart what the Scriptures says in regard to God’s protection and His guidance. The things of this world are passing away we are told, whether they do or we do it happens quickly. “Do not forget My teaching, but let your heart keep My commandments; for length of days and years of life and peace they will add to you” (Proverbs 3:1-2).

Remember that the number of days of our lives are all accounted for by God, even before we were born, so Psalm 118:8 says, “It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in man.” When we trust in the Lord, we do find the peace that only He can give us.

“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say rejoice. Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:4-7).

Well, peace and joy was what I started with. My hope is that each of you find that peace and joy that is in Jesus Christ alone. In that first passage of Scripture that I shared, He told His disciples that in Him they would have peace. God’s peace is our knowing that He is sovereign; He has complete control over everything that happens. Sometimes it seems to the contrary but know for sure He is the one who holds our lives. I told you before about the saying of Charles Stanley that I heard some time ago, and it gives great peace for all who will believe it. He said, “God is responsible for whatever happens to me while I am in His will; I am responsible for what happens to me when I am outside His will.” Be at peace and filled with the joy of knowing you are love by God and He cares for you.

My prayer is that I may see you in church. Bring your neighbor.

Your pastor,

Pastor Denton
            Pastor Denton

October 2021