Midweek Pastoral Letter for June 7, 2022

Dear Folks,

Happy midweek, this first part of June. Yes June! The month that summer begins and more sunshine is generally felt in the Northern Hemisphere. I am thankful for the blessing of daylight and sunshine which testify of our Creator’s love and care for this earth. God has made the sun to give physical light and warmth to all living. He has made it so that all the plants of the earth can be sustained by the light energy they receive from the sun. And with the help of water and earth, the living plants in turn give beauty to delight the senses of both animals and of human beings and precious oxygen that ministers to our required need for breath. It is this Creator God who first breathed into Adam’s nostrils the “breath of life,” so that man might become a living being. And it is this same God who stepped into the darkest night of man’s own sin to be our Savior. Jesus who was in the beginning with God, and through Him all things were made, and without Him, nothing was made that was made… Jesus stepped down from heaven to become a man that He might save us from sin. He did this even though it would cost Him everything! 

As you contemplate the things of nature during this month of June, please remember our Lord and our God. For He is our Savior and our Friend as well. Truly no greater friend could anyone of us have other than Jesus. He is now and always will be the true Light of the world. And, He is coming again! Soon every eye will see Him in glory… and the dead in Christ shall rise, and those of us who are in Christ and who are alive and remain, shall be caught up together with the resurrected saints to meet our Lord… where? In the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. (See John 1, Revelation 1:7 and 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)

I pray these words bring you hope, encouragement and comfort.

Grace and Peace,

Pastor Dean

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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