A WORD FROM PASTOR STEVE

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Peace in the Midst of a Covid Christmas

December 2020

Looking back at this gorgeous photo of the Sea of Galilee gives me such a feeling of peace. It was taken by Steve Holtmann, one of our team on our biblical tour in February of this year. It was such a peaceful, refreshing time away—walking where Jesus walked and sailing where Jesus sailed.

Then, on the last days of our trip, the Coronavirus 19 “issue” quickly became a worldwide pandemic. In fact, we were one of the last teams hosted by our travel company, and the day after we visited Bethlehem, the city was shut down to tourists due to Covid. In the U.S. what followed was pandemic, politics, racial turmoil, uncertainty, and fear. So much for peace on earth!

But, I promise you that the peace of God has not departed! That peace is not a feeling or a circumstance. Peace is a person—Jesus. Jesus still says: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27

This Advent season, worship the Prince of Peace deeply every day. Slow down and spend time with him through his Word and through his Spirit. He will drive out worry, hurry, and fear. He will replace those with his peaceful presence. Rest in him.

Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you. 2 Thess. 3:16

Pastor Steve