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For five months or so, we have been told to fear the unknown.  Follow political leaders who tell you to avoid others, wear a mask, don’t go to church, hide in your house.  Jesus tells us to feed the hungry, give water to those who thirst, welcome the stranger, clothe the naked, heal the sick, and visit those in prison (whatever that prison may be).  He tells us to make disciples of all nations, teaching them to obey God’s commands, and to follow Him.  AND, if we do these things, we will never be alone.  Many are alone today because you are living in fear.  Do you remember: “Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil.  For thou art with me.”  If God is with you, why do you fear?

"It is God’s purpose and plan for us all to grow old and to go through physical changes.  But it is not God’s purpose for us to grow old and stop serving Him.  Everything changes because our God is a God of change.  There is nothing stationary about God.  He is always moving and progressing forward, and as Christians, we are part of something God is doing, regardless of our age or physical condition.  So regardless of how old you are or how you feel physically, God still has something for you to do for His kingdom.  Regardless of age, you have high value to God.  God does not want his people to retire from His service.  He needs you now more than he has ever needed you in all your life.  He needs you during all of your living years.  I don’t see any place in God’s concept for life where people retire and sit in a rocking chair all the rest of their days.  That is not God’s plan for your life.  Stop living like you are already dead!  Be excited about your future regardless of how long your past goes back.  The doors ahead of you are open.  Be creative and productive all the way up to the time when God calls you home.  Get involved in your church or community organization.  Be a light to the world and shine until your last breath.  Don’t let your age or physical inabilities ever stop you from doing what God is asking you to do.  Grab hold of your eternal vision and God will use you for that ministry He still has planned for you."  Senior Saints: Stop Living Like You Are Already Dead!  Jamie Buckingham

A couple of newsletters ago I shared this quote: “So live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart.  Trouble no one about their religion, respect others in their view, and demand that they respect yours.  Love your life, perfect your life, beautify all things in your life.  Seek to make your life long and its purpose for the service of your people.  Prepare a noble death song for the day when you go over the great divide.  Always give a word or a sign of salute when meeting or passing a friend, even a stranger, when in a lonely place.  Show respect to all people and grovel to none.  When you arise in the morning give thanks for the food and for the joy of living.  If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies only in yourself.  Abuse no one and no thing, for abuse turns the wise ones to fools and robs the spirit of its vision.  When it comes your time to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with the fear of death, so that when their time comes, they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way.  Sing your death song and die like a hero going home.”  This beautiful passage is attributed to Tecumseh, although it is disputed and also attributed to some of the Wapasha Chiefs, Sitting Bull, Crazy Horse and Wovoka.

I want to challenge you to go out there and live like a believer.  Don’t hide, live like a disciple of Christ.  Don’t throw caution to the wind.  However, do what you know is right.  I believe I follow Him when I sing my song of faith and I’m going to go home like a hero entering the gates of Heaven.  Come follow Him and live the life you are promised.

On the outside,

Pastor Pete