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From the Pastor's Desk

Uncertainty is a feature of our world, from financial insecurity to wars. Personal insecurities in relationships, career, illness, or tragedy also add to the uncertainty. It's impossible to know from one day to the next what will happen. Yet, God desires us to live free from fear.

We currently find ourselves at the juncture of two things. One, there is incredible upheaval in the world condition over a virus. Two, Easter is coming in just a few days. Together, they remind us that freedom from fear is the heritage of the righteous, of those who are seeking God.

When Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James went to the tomb after Jesus was crucified, an earthquake had just occurred, and an angel of the Lord had rolled the stone away from the entrance to the tomb. When this happened, the Bible tells us the "guards shook with fear when they saw him, and they fell into a dead faint" (Mt. 28:4). But notice what happened next. The two Marys heard the voice of the angel speaking to them, "Fear not, for I know that you seek Jesus" (Mt. 28:5).

The same thing can occur in our day. Just like the guards, many people will shake in fear as they witness great calamities on earth, but not so much with those who are seeking Jesus. The people who have chosen to follow God will be able to hear and believe as the Lord speaks to them, "Fear not, for I know that you seek Jesus."

-Pastors Mark and Jennifer

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