Church of NY, Inc.
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Green Grove , PA
Welcome - From the Conference President
Dear Pilgrim Family and Friends,
The viral storm is all around us and we cannot escape it. The affects are far reaching. The results could be long lasting. Some of the storm is reality (real life in real time), some of it may be political and man made, some of it may be a result of overreacting; but regardless, remember the words in the scriptures, "And it came to pass..." This too shall pass. With God's help we will get through this.
"These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world." John 16:33
The Apostle Paul was on a ship on his way to Rome. In spite of the warning that Paul gave to those in charge, not to travel; those in Authority chose to go on anyway. First the wind blew softly and THEN THE STORM AROSE. After many days and much effort of trying to save the ship they began to cast things overboard one by one. The sun was gone...hidden behind the clouds. The stars refused to shine. "...all hope that we should be saved was then taken away." It seemed on the surface that all hope was gone. But below the surface there was a man who had been fasting and praying. The Apostle Paul stands to his feet and says, "...Sirs, ye should have hearkened unto me, and not have loosed from Crete, and to have gained this harm and loss. And now I exhort you to be of good cheer: for there shall be no loss of any man's life among you, but of the ship. For there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve, saying, Fear not, Paul; thou must be brought before Caesar: and, lo, God hath given thee all them that sail with thee." In spite of foolishness, hastiness, and recklessness by those in charge God still showed up. Paul testified in the midst of it all, and God's promise was that all whom were sailing with Paul would be saved. When it seemed that all hope was gone then God showed up. Everyone made it to land safely.
Through it all and in the midst of it all may God help us to keep and use our head wisely; exercise common sense, use caution, but do not yield to living in fear and panic. If you or someone you know has a compromised immune system it would be wise for you to limit your contact with others. I know Our President has suggested no meetings of groups more than ten and though that is not mandatory, it is advisable under some circumstances and situations. Our President has also advised Americans to limit our contact with one another for the next 14 days. At that time he will re-evaluate the situation. It may be wise for us to follow his lead.
If there is ever a time we need to be "...assembling ourselves together and exhorting one another..", it is now, "and so much the more as we see the day approaching." As each of our churches take into account their own local situation, may God give wisdom to direct. If you chose to shut down your services for the next two weeks you have my full support. If you choose to proceed as planned, I believe God is able to protect and guide you all the way! "...According to your faith be it unto you."
Nevertheless, let us covenant together to meet around the mercy seat! We are holiness people. We love God and we love people. Lord, help us to be "wise as serpents and harmless as doves." "Let us pray that grace may everywhere abound...Send the Light, Send the Light! And a Christlike spirit everywhere be found, Send the Light, Send the Light!"
"In the midst of it all I found hope that will never let me fall
Please click on the link below and listen to this song. I do not necessarily agree with his theology or standard of dress, etc. but it is a good song that is sung well.
God is with us IN THE MIDST OF IT ALL!
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