August 26, 2021August 26, 2021
Dear Pine Glen Alliance Church Family,
Greetings! Brothers and sisters, I trust you are doing well and are finding great joy in knowing and serving the Lord. It seems like forever since I last sent off a letter, and in all reality, it has been. Typically, I aim to send two letters each month, but in September I didn’t even send one. I am sorry about, but it did prove to be a very busy month for our family.
From September 8-16 we were on vacation. The first part of our trip was a history tour as we visited George Washington’s Mount Vernon, the Yorktown Battlefield, Jamestown Settlement, and finally historic Williamsburg. I am a bit of a history buff so this trip was great fun for me, but also for the whole family. The last half of our trip was spent in the Virginia Beach area where we were able to enjoy the beach with some old friends and the weather was fantastic.
I mentioned in one of my earlier letters that the Lord blessed us with a new home, and when we got back from vacation it was pedal to the metal in terms of getting packed and ready for our move on September 25. Although it was pretty intense (as most moves are), everything came together very nicely. I want to say a special word of thanks to all those who helped with our move. We had a great team of movers, but we were also incredibly blessed by all the ladies who made meals for us during the week of our move and on moving day. And that’s not to mention all those who cleaned our rental place after we got moved. Thank you! Your help was very much appreciated.
We are starting to get settled in our new digs. With over two acres of property, we will be plenty busy with upkeep and maintenance and such, but we love our new house, and we thank God for it. Our family has also become passionate about chickens so we are stoked about the new chickens (including a rooster) that we acquired. Check out the pictures of our new house at the bottom of the letter.
This past Sunday (October 3) marked the restart of our Sunday school program. Having been halted by our second shutdown due to COVID last November, it had been almost a full year since we last enjoyed Sunday school. Needless to say, we were more than a little excited about this development. As I have said before, Sunday school is not a replacement for our regular worship services, but it is an opportunity to grow and go deeper into the Word of God. Please don’t miss the opportunity to grow in your knowledge of Christ (John 17:3, Philippians 3:8) and your grasp of the Scriptures.
As you know, each day brings us one day closer to either the day of our death or the return of Christ. Change is happening at a breathtaking pace, and our culture is embracing evil and immorality at an alarming rate. When we start thinking about or talking about politics, it doesn’t take long for some of us to get worked up and frustrated. But in our lament over the current state of affairs, let me remind you of one thing that hasn’t changed. Jesus is King! Jesus reigns and rules on high and has promised to build His church no matter what (Matthew 16:18)! Nothing can thwart the Kingdom purposes of God, not even Satan himself.
When it comes to navigating these challenging times, I find guidance and hope in the words of the apostle Paul to the church in Ephesus. “Look carefully then how you walk, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil” (Ephesians 5:15-16). God has only given us a limited window of time to serve Him, therefore me must be a people of purpose. We must be a people who are diligent to know Christ and make Him known. Once again, quoting from the apostle Paul, “Be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain” (1 Corinthians 15:58). Amen!
PGAC family, God has been so good to us! Let us seek the Lord while He may be found. Let us call on Him while He is near (Isaiah 55:6). There is much work to be done, and there is no joy apart from Jesus Christ. Therefore, let us not waver in our resolve, and let us be about the business of our Master and Lord!
Until next time,