Midweek Pastoral Letter and “The Shield of Faith and Liberty”

Dear Folks,

Happy mid-week! Currently, I am engaged in our Georgia-Cumberland Conference Ministers Meetings, which was supposed to be held at Cohutta Springs Conference Center. However, the uptick in Corona Virus cases changed that plan. Instead, we have been meeting via Zoom from 9:00am till Noon. Tomorrow will be our final meeting. Well, that means I did not have to leave home to stay in a hotel room, and therefore, we will still have our prayer meetings at the regular time. So, tonight for the Griffin group at 6:30pm and tomorrow night for the Thomaston group at 5:00pm, those of us who engage together in prayer will do so. 

Tomorrow morning is the day that my wife Tracie will have the procedure to help heal the extrusion/herniation in her lower back that has kept her disabled since November 14. I do ask you to lift up a prayer for the Orthopedic doctor and team who will be performing the procedure. It is done as an epidural procedure with the aid of X-ray to ensure they get the anti-inflammatory medication in the right spot. Then we will rely on our God to bring healing as the days go by through this miraculous procedure. 

I call it a miraculous procedure because… God has permitted modern medical practices to advance in such a way as to provide healing and relief to millions today. In times past, people who were injured with various injuries like back injuries, just suffered and were completely disabled for the remainder of their lives. Whereas, now, many are restored to health and improved life… all thanks to God’s graciousness to allow discoveries that have saved lives. Oh, wouldn’t it be great if all people who received healing would realize God’s grace to them? Yes, we must pray for our healthcare providers today, as there is so much temptation to praise man, rather than God. There is so much taken for granted by human beings when it comes to what God has done to make His goodness, His love and His salvation known to the world. 

I also hope you are tuning into the new sermon series on “Liberty,” that I began January 8. You can help spread the Gospel of the “Three Angels Messages” by sharing the sermon with others through text message or email. Here is a link to that sermon, “The Shield of Faith & Liberty,” for you to watch and to share with your family, friends and acquaintances:https://youtu.be/TOfarCgxlq0

Published by Dean C. Read

I am a follower of Jesus Christ who seeks to make Him known to those who do not yet know Him, and to make Him better known to those who do. Thus, God has led me throughout my life of now over 6 decades. I have been married to and in love with the same woman for over 38 years and we have children and grandchildren whom I also love. That does not mean my family has not been through trials. We human beings certainly know how to test and even hurt those we love. But, God Himself also knows the challenges, the trials and even the fickleness of human love. Yet, Jesus has demonstrated that God's love is sure and secure, faithful to the very end. So, yes, I love because God is love. And, I seek to make the love of God known as it should be. I am a pastor, a preacher and a teacher of God's word, the Bible. Before I became a preacher, I was a public school teacher, and before that I worked at various jobs including, painting, construction, ambulance EMT, parts assembler, and even a paperboy back in the day. In school I played trumpet in the band, was a track and cross country runner, enjoyed most subjects including History, English and Science, and yet, after graduating from high school, I struggled to find my path. Perhaps you can identify? I did not graduate with my Bachelor's degree until I was 26 years old. And yet, from an early age I knew that God was a God of love, and that He had a plan for me, if I would just be open to His leading. God has brought me through many trials, and has always been there to pick me up when I had fallen or been discouraged. And now, I hope to write in such a way to attract others to this God of love. By the way, I also enjoy camping, reading and outdoor activities, especially strolls on the beach, or hiking a mountain trail. My favorite places on earth are Sequoia National Park because of the Giant Sequoia trees, Yosemite National Park, and the jewel of Georgia known as Jekyll Island. I could tell you more; but hopefully, as you read my posts you will learn more about the God whom I love.

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