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June 2022 Update

Dear Ones:

Have you ever “chewed yourself out?” Have you ever put a chair in front of you and sat down and talked to yourself? After all, the biggest problem we face is that image we see when looking into the mirror. David dealt squarely with this issue in Psalm 42:5 when he said, “Why art thou cast down, O my soul? And why art thou disquieted {shook up} within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance.” Evidently, David was “under” the circumstance, resulting in a defeated, discouraged spirit. Sound familiar? He tells himself to “hope” in God and “praise” Him for His “help.” David did overcome these “feelings” by faith. So must we!

Our present world is “ablaze" with corruption, wickedness, and perversion breaking out everywhere; threats of war, injustice, and increasing financial insecurity, etc., have fostered a depressive spirit in many. Unfortunately, believers also have been affected, having lost “hope” as did David. In turn, we have been robbed of songs of “praise,” blurring our spiritual vision of the Savior! Since “greater is He who is in us,” it’s time to have a “talk” with ourselves. We’ve been left in this dark world to “shine as lights,” reflecting Christ the true Light. We’re outnumbered, for sure, but no amount of “darkness” can snuff us out! We can’t change the world, but we can lovingly win individual souls for Christ. He alone can “save” them; but we must be “winsome to win some!” Beloved, be encouraged by this challenge. (Phil. 4:13)

It’s been a busy and fruitful month at the Mission. I preach, teach and pray, anticipating God’s resurrection power to raise sinners from the spiritual tomb. What a privilege! Thanks for your ongoing intercession for me; God is moving (even with a physical touch). PTL!

Do celebrate our beloved America on July 4th; but also grieve for its rapid decline as the “land of the free and the home of the brave.” We need to be responsible citizens here; but remember that this is not our Home; “we’re just apassing through.” In reality, our “citizenship” is in Heaven from where Christ will someday come to escort us to our final Country! (cf. Phil. 3:20,21) Let’s plan on having a triumphant entry, bringing a string of souls with us! May God richly bless and encourage you today.

With my heart-felt love and gratitude,

Pastor Bill (1Cor.15:58)

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