From the minister's desk
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From the Minister’s Desk May 7, 2020
To the Saints at the North Las Vegas Congregation,
First, I want to thank each of you very much for being a part of our Church family. I am thankful to God for the privilege of leading this group of His people home. That’s how I see my charge and responsibilities to you, is to prepare you for Heaven.
Our Tuesday night class was a vivid reminder of those responsibilities and as I reflected on my efforts with the congregation, I am humbled and found myself feeling a bit unworthy and failing. Feelings that I must overcome by doing better in the abilities afforded to me by God.
I am aware of God’s expectations of me. I’m not always sure of your expectations of me. That’s why I preach and teach the way I do. I am trying to save myself and you. So, thank you for your comments and questions in class. That’s how we grow and learn what areas we as a congregation much improve in. For now, I want to say that if you are not ready to die, knowing that your next step is either Paradise or Tartarus as we wait for the judgment, one of us is not doing a good job!
So, hearing that some of us are not ready or getting ready for death scared me a bit, in that I don’t want to be the blame for you not being prepared. I don’t want the destruction of any souls to be on my account. God said that we must all give account for ourselves. But I am charged as written in Ezekiel 3:16-21, 33:1-9, 2Tim.4:1-5 and 1Tim.4:15-16 I ask that you please read these verses and know that I take these personal and literally.
Knowing what God wants from me in ministry, preaching, teaching and living I am sure that if I adhere and obey, I will be saved. I pray you do too. Today I want to address our worthiness. Please don’t try to be worthy on your own. You can’t! It’s not what we think that makes us worthy- it’s what God says, and we do that makes us worthy. Jesus warns us that even the love of God does not avert from those who refuses to obey him and accept his forgiveness. That’s what makes one worthy of Christ, worthy of the kingdom of God, not what we think or feel. Trust and obey God to be worthy and start preparing your soul to meet Jesus at the judgment. My labor is not in vain if I do as God has commanded me. I pray your labor will not be in vain either. Let’s make the sufferings of this life payoff with treasures in heaven where there is no dying, no crying, no pain, no sorrow, no diseases and no fears. Until next time, may God bless you and keep you.