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From the Pastor’s Desk …..September 2017

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Church Family, it is indeed a blessing from God to be able to address you during the month of September from the theme, “God Has a Plan for Your Life.” As we reflect on this fact, let
us focus our attention on Jeremiah chapter twenty-nine and verses one and eleven. It is there, we are told by the prophet Jeremiah that the Lord said to the priests, the prophets, and to
all the people whom Nebuchadnezzar had carried away captive from Jerusalem to Babylon; “For, I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of
evil, to give you an expected end.” If you would carefully ponder these words, you would understand that the Lord is saying, “I know the plans I have for you, the plans for good
and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Now! Let’s see if we can determine what this really means? Well, it means that after the worst thing happened in the history of God's people under the rule or leadership of Nebuchadnezzar, it was not unusual for the children of Israel to
feel that they were abandoned by God. Hear me when I say that there are some people who feel that they have been abandoned by God under our current leadership. As Jeremiah wrote a letter to the children of Israel, God, the Father of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, is sending
this documentary to let us know that He has a plan for us.
Hear me when I say that God is a God we cannot hurry! My mother often said, “You can’t hurry God, you just have to wait. He will be there, no matter how long it takes.” I share this because in studying this chapter, we find that Jeremiah is explicit in saying that God’s plan for Israel would take up to 70 years before execution, which would mean, no doubt, that no adult reading his letter would be alive once the plan came to fruition. People, today, no doubt, want God to fix their problem right now!
Yes! They want to know "Lord if you have a plan for my life, whom shall I marry? How shall things unfold? When will I get that promotion and raise?
I don’t want to disappoint you, but God’s plan for our lives is not a blueprint that details every turn, every decision, and nor does it give you specifics as to where things are to be or when things are to occur! God’s plan for your life is more specific than that. It’s so simple a fool cannot error. So! What is God’s plan for our lives? If you would, take a moment, and give God’s plan for your life some serious thought before we answer that question.
God’s plan for your life is to have thoughts of peace, and not of evil. When we have thoughts of
peace, our heart, soul and mind are at rest in the Lord. When our heart soul and mind are at rest in the Lord, we will be prosperous. I am confident we will be prosperous in the Lord because Joshua 1:8 tells, “This book of the law (God’s Word) shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.”
God’s plan for our lives, through the blood of Jesus, is to have thoughts of peace and not evil. Evil will destroy and agonize your soul. Evil brings corrupt communication; evil tears down rather than builds; evil brings sickness and disease; evil brings division and separation. Hear me when I say that evil brings separation from God and man.
I know it will because I John 4:20 says, “If a man says, “I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? Evil will make you tell liars!
So, then let us get in the plan God has for our lives and remain in it, not until death, but unto death, and watch God make us prosperous the remainder of the days of our life. To God be the glory!

To God be the glory!

Humbly Submitted,

Rev. Dr. Alexander Pope, Jr.

Sermon Topic for September 2017

God Has A Plan For You

Positive Thought

To be closer to God, be closer to people