In Hope… I led Worship from Home

Our Church service July 2, I led from home. We used Zoom because of COVID-19 cautions, Yes, I caught the bug this week, and my wife and a few others, but probably from different sources. Yet God is good. I had at first wanted to cancel the services, yet, God turned it around, and I was well enough Friday to change plans and run the service through Zoom and stream live to YouTube. It was a different and special service for us. We began with a “Welcome & Season of Prayer.” We had a sweet season together for the first twenty minutes. Then, I streamed one of the messages Tracie and I heard at our NAD Ministers “Called Convention” when we were in Lexington last week. Here’s what you’ll see. 1) Adventist Historian Dr. George Knight presents, “We Stand On Their Shoulders” (5 minutes). 2) NAD Pastors Song Team leading over 6,000 of us to sing together “God Turn It Around,” and “In Christ Alone.” 3) the sermon: “Hope Is A Habit” by Hallerin Hill (18 minutes of powerful story telling preaching) Hallerin is the CEO and Founder of Wisdom House. 4) The Closing Song (our theme song) “Because I Am Called” written by Hallerin, Sam Ocampo and Ivan Williams the NAD Ministerial Director. 5) I come back live to give the benediction and we say our farewell greetings.

Enjoy and be blessed.

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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