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From the Pastor's Desk

"I would love to share my faith with others, but I just don't know what to say." These are the feelings of many believers. But if you will ask Him sincerely, God is able to give you the words.

I read about a young woman in the days when communism ruled Eastern Europe and Christians were persecuted. Churches were monitored by the government for any speech considered politically incorrect. Pastors were under surveillance, and churches were underground. Christians went to worship services in small secret gatherings.

This young woman was going on a Sunday evening to a secret worship service. The police stopped her in the street and began to interrogate her. They asked, "Where are you going? What are you doing out tonight?"

She could not tell them where she was going. People would be arrested if the police learned the location of the worship service. They continued to pressure her. She did not want to lie nor tell the truth. She silently prayed, "Lord, give me the right words to say."

Suddenly, the right words came to her. She replied, "My older Brother died. Tonight, they are reading His last will and testament. I am going to learn about my inheritance."

What a great prayer for us to pray! "Lord, I don't know what to say. Give me the right words." Jesus taught us how to make an impact in the world for Him. He told us that we would be persecuted for His name. He knew the gospel would be rejected and ridiculed by some, and He said we need to be careful in what we say and who we say it to. Jesus said, "Be wise as serpents and harmless as doves" (Mt. 10:16).

-Pastors Mark and Jennifer

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