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If you are unable to join us in person, you can join us online (Facebook or YouTube) for services.  Sundays at 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., & 6:00 p.m.; Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m. & 7:00 p.m.
 
 
Updated Statement From Pastor Lamer (Tuesday, March 30)

 

I trust you are doing well.  I want to send out a word of encouragement and to remind you not to panic, but instead, take time to pray.  Don’t let fear manipulate you.  Put your faith in who God is and His promises.  Develop a mindset that is looking forward.  Your actions will activate the unfolding of God’s promises in your life.

 

2 Timothy 1:3 I thank God, whom I serve, as my forefathers did, with a clear conscience, as night and day I constantly remember you in my prayers.

4 Recalling your tears, I long to see you, so that I may be filled with joy.

5 I have been reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also.

6 For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands.

7 For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.  NIV

 

This is a time to move forward, not draw back. Stir up and fan into flame the gift God has given you; the gift of faith. I am praying God will break the spirit of fear that has gripped this nation. Please don’t be so focused on spreading the bad news, that we forget we are responsible to spread the good news of Jesus’ love for a lost and dying world.   This week, the news media will try their best to heighten the fear. The number of cases is going to go up because of more testing and getting quicker results. Please remember, most of the cases are in New York, where most of the deaths have also occurred.  The media is going to use these numbers to create more fear. Fear immobilizes people, so look beyond what the media will try to fill your mind with and keep your eyes on the glory to come.  Watch the news enough to get information, but don’t let the negative news pour into your home through the TV and radio constantly.  Get into the Word.  God will build your faith. Faith comes by hearing; and hearing by the word of God.  Nancy and I love you all!  We continue to pray Psalm 91 over you. If you need prayer, please contact us.
 
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Updated Statement From Pastor Lamer (Monday, March 23)
 
I know we are going through some very uncertain times. This week, no doubt, will be a challenging week and it is important that we understand the times we are living in. I want to encourage you not to panic because of all the bad news you will hear, but to focus on spreading the good news that God is in control and the Holy Spirit is here to lead us into the hope and the future God has prepared.  Each day, we are getting closer and closer to the promises of the Bible being fulfilled.  As sure as the prophecy in the Old Testament has been fulfilled, every word in the New Testament, including the book of Revelation, will be fulfilled. I want to encourage you to have a close relationship with the Lord in these days.
 

Mathew 11:28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”  NIV

 

Matthew 6:31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’  32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.  NIV

 

Psalm 91 is an amazing prayer to pray over your life, your family, church and nation. Last Sunday, at the invitation of our President, we went into the presence of God on behalf of this nation. That was a key opportunity for the church to pray for this nation to be healed.

 

2 Chronicles 7:13 “When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people, 14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.  NIV

 

I believe things began to turn when the church prayed, but it is important that we continue to pray and not be discouraged by all the negative information the media is releasing.  Remember:  this is the same media that has proven in the past that it cannot be trusted.  We must keep everything in perspective.  I am not diminishing the severity of the situation.  Of course, we should use precaution; but don’t panic.  Encourage one another with the hope and assurance that Jesus gives to His disciples.

 

Hebrew 3:12 See to it, brothers, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. 13 But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.  NIV

 

1 Thessalonians 4:14 We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him.  15 According to the Lord’s own word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left till the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep.  16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.  17 After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.  18 Therefore encourage each other with these words.   NIV 

Let’s look to God for encouragement in the midst of all the confusion.  Again, don’t panic, use precaution, and above all, pray!  Let’s stand together and boldly speak the word of God to curse this virus and watch God reach out His mighty hand to perform signs, wonders, and miracles in the name of His servant Jesus.  The same God who protected the people of Israel in the land of Goshen while the plagues were being poured out in Egypt is the same God who will protect you as you acknowledge the name of Jesus, love Him with all your heart mind, body, and soul and live in His presence!!

Read Psalm 91. 

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Statement From Pastor Lamer
On Coronavirus
 

I know there is a lot of confusion and fear over the Coronavirus. As your Pastor, I want to encourage you not to walk in fear of what might happen, but to put your faith in the sure promises of our God. I encourage you all to pray Psalm 91 over your family, the church, and our nation.

Two of my favorite verses from Psalm 91 are 14 & 15: “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.” (NLT)

Today is a great opportunity to call out to God and share the message of the resurrected Jesus and not be intimidated by fear. Acts 4:28-30 says, “But everything they did was determined beforehand according to your will. And now, O Lord, hear their threats, and give us, your servants, great boldness in preaching your word. Stretch out your hand with healing power; may miraculous signs and wonders be done through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” (NLT).

I am believing God to give us boldness and confidence to preach His word and that He will reach out His hand and do the miraculous. We plan on holding our regularly scheduled services on Sunday, March 15. However, we need to take every precaution we can. Practice good hygiene. If you do not feel comfortable being in crowds because of an already compromised immune system, please join us on Facebook, where we stream our services live. Finally, let me encourage you not to be distracted, but instead, stay focused on FINISH 2030

A BIBLE IN EVERY LANGUAGE AND A CHURCH IN EVERY VILLAGE BY THE YEAR 2030…