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From the Pastor's Desk

Sometimes it takes a little extra encouragement to help me along in my Christian journey. One of the books that has ministered to me is "The Bait of Satan" by John Bevere.

I went through a time when it seemed the church I was pastoring was being hit by "the Lord is leading me to leave." I had invested my heart into those people, and it hurt to see them leave.

I arranged to get away for a time of prayer and fasting. I knew that something was going on in my life, but did not understand the fullness of the impact. Before I left for my retreat, I went to the Christian bookstore and asked what they would recommend for me to read. They recommended the book above. I really thought that I did not need the material the book was dealing with, but I took it because of the recommendation.

After a period of time in prayer and reading the Bible and worshiping, I grabbed for one of the books that I had brought. I started reading "The Bait of Satan" and before I knew it, I had finished the book (I normally read very slow to digest what I am reading). By the time I had finished the book, I knew exactly what I needed to do to allow the hurt that was in my life to heal.

My time of retreat was fulfilled at that point but I stayed an extra two days to finish the time I had committed to pray and fast. My heart was healed, and soon the church was healed because of the wisdom spoken to me in this book. I think families would be very blessed for this book to be part of their library.

-David C. Douglas

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