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Dear Church Family,

          Pastor's Blog for Jan 2021

      Jesus said, in Luke 11:10, that "for everyone who asks, receives".   As we start a new year, what is it you would like to ask in 2021?  I didn't ask "what is it you want", but" what is it you ask".  The Bible says that "we have not because we ask not."  Why is it so hard for us to go to God and ask?  We seem to long and desire and suffer, but until we reach the depth of the situation, we are willing to stare at the bottom fastly approaching, grit our teeth and prepare for impact.  Not a peep of a prayer of asking.  Are we afraid to ask God?  Or, are we afraid of how God will answer?  Jesus said there is an answer for every question, if we ask correctly.   He said we must pray "according to God's will".  Is that it?  Our want is more important than God's will.  Is the game plan to just wait until the situation dissolves and we will take what's left?  Jesus didn't die on the cross for us to have "leftovers".  He gave His life that we might come directly to God, ask boldly, and be blessed by God's perfect answer. 
      In 2021, I will ask the same thing, as a pastor, that I have asked the last 30 years...."that souls be saved, that bodies be healed, that relationships be repaired, and needs be met." And, you know what?  God has answered every time, and I have been greatly satisfied with His answers.  In 2021, when you ask, don't describe what the answer will look like.  But, be prepared to be amazed when we trust God, and the answer is beyond anything we could have imagined.  After all, there is a difference between "asking" and "demanding".  God doesn't hear that nonsense, and we should be glad He doesn't.  Selah!


God's Peace & Protection be yours,
Pastor Gary Beatty