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Inspirations from Pastor Drake
Psalm 23 A Psalm of David.
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters.
He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the Lord Forever.
The 23rd psalm is about a caring shepherd and a helpless sheep. The psalmist speaks as if he was that helpless sheep. Being a shepherd himself, he knows the great dependence that the sheep has on his shepherd. Unlike most animals, the sheep has no natural defenses. He/she has no sharp teeth to bite with or sharp claws to fight with; nor has he/she a shell to retreat into or sharp needles to stick with; no stinking scent to spew into the air; no long legs to run like a gazelle; can’t dig a hole in the grown to crawl into; no wings to fly off into the air; not even a growl to cause his enemy to think twice. All he/she has is a shepherd. His/her number one enemy is the ravenous wolf who is always waiting for an opportunity to strike. He/she can’t stay contained inside the door of the sheepfold forever. He has to go to the green pastures and the streams of water. To get there he/she has to encounter possibilities of life threating dangers. It seems like an ominous situation, except for the shepherd. This psalmist knows what a good shepherd will do to protect his sheep because he is one. And so, in his contemplation about his relationship with God, he sees the same scenario with himself and God; the Caring Shepherd and the Helpless Sheep.
Although this psalm is relatively short, in view of the story it tells. Yet there are some mighty wonderful truths in his testimony about his relationship with God that would do us all to claim.
The Lord is My Shepherd (Think on this for a moment)
He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me besides the calm waters. He refreshes my soul.
Even though, in order to get to the green pastures, I must go through a valley where many have been attacked and killed, I will not be afraid of it happening to me. Because the Shepherd is with me. His Rod and His Staff give me comfort (because I’ve seen what He can do with them). I am so elated and rejoiceful, my Cup is running over. I am convinced that His goodness and Mercy will be with me every day of my life and then after this life is over, I will yet dwell with Him FOREVER.
My church family and friends, let this psalm refresh your faith and rejoice in these tribulations that we have a Shepherd who has already laid down His life for His sheep. Remember what Jesus said in John 10:11-15
I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep. 12But a hireling, he who is not the shepherd, one who does not own the sheep, sees the wolfcoming and leaves the sheep and flees; and the wolf catches the sheep and scatters them. 13The hireling flees because he is a hireling and does not care about the sheep. 14I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own. 15As the Father knows Me, even so I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep.
The hirelings are in Washington DC. Don’t depend upon them. They will flee when the wolf comes. In spite of what they may say, they don’t care. But our shepherd cares. Thank God for the Shepherd.
Love You All, Praying for You All.
Pastor Drake Update
As we go from day to day facing the threats of the Coronavirus and the impact it’s making on our families and our neighbors, let us all be prayerful for one another and help each other in whatever way that we can.
We continue to react to the impact of the virus as we get news about how it’s impacting our region and communities.
Many here in our area have been infected and we can be sure there will be more. The numbers keep rising.
We will continue to refrain from meeting in our usual ways. Sunday Worship services and Bible Study will continue to be held via streaming and Facebook.
Wednesday Bible Study 7:00PM
Sunday Morning Worship 10:00AM
Meetings that must be held should be done by Conference Call. I’s asking that the Prayer Warrior meeting continue to be held each Tuesday at 5:30PM by Conference Call.
During this period of no-assembly, any member who wishes to join in on the Prayer Warrior Conference call can do so.
The call in number 480-297-0773, the access code is 3828759.
This number can also access for Wednesday Nights Bible Study, if you do not have access to Facebook or streaming.
I’m permitting Sonji Parker to work at home until further notice. Much of her work can be done at home. If you need her you can call her during working hours only at 229-439-0334. This number is the church’s number and is call-forwarded to her.
I am always available as well at 229-344-7587.
I know that these times present too many of you undue financial hardship. I pray that God will supply all of your needs according to His riches in Glory.
I want to remind all of our members not to forget the financial needs of the church. We will do everything in our power to be good stewards over your giving by cutting any and all unnecessary spending. However, there are liabilities and requirements that still must be met. I am asking that each of you continue to give to the church according to how God has blessed you to give.
You can do this by electronic giving, mailing, drop-off at the church or you can leave your name and address with Sonji Parker and someone will pick it up.
If you are a member of the family and find yourself in desperate needs of help, be sure and let us know. There are also plans to partner with other churches in the area to join together in forces to help meet the needs of the greater community as well. We will update you on this as the plans unfold.
Corona-virus (COVID-19) Spread and Prevention Information
In recent news, the spread of COVID-19 has been the topic of the world. We want each and every one of our members to be safe and know how to prepare for and prevent the spread of this virus. Below are links to the CDC website giving information on the following topics:
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT CORONAVIRUS 2019:
SHARE FACTS ABOUT COVID-19:
HOW TO STOP THE SPREAD OF GERMS:
WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE SICK WITH CORONAVIRUS 2019:
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