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A Note from the Pastor's Desk
Pastor Bob Stull
Senior Pastor,
Rev. Bob Stull
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          In Genesis 45:7 (NIV) Joseph addresses his brothers who had mistreated him and caused a lot of long term suffering for him. But while their motives for mistreating him were rotten he makes an interesting comment.  After mentioning the famine at the time, he says “But God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance.” God who makes known “the end from the beginning” (Isaiah 46:10 NIV) already is aware of what is coming and he is able to work to address it even before it happens.  I remember the night before I would register for Mt. Vernon Nazarene College back in 1971.  I was nervous about it since I did not know really what I was doing.  I told God about my anxiety and asked him to help me.  I experienced the God who goes before us and prepares the way.  As I pulled into the college and got in a line I met another man who was also from Mt. Vernon High School though we had not been acquainted.  I went through the registration with him and it was great. We were friends throughout college and roomed together the one year we transferred to Olivet Nazarene College. Some of our grandchildren were switching schools this year.  I was concerned and have been praying most of the Summer for them.  My prayer was that God would go ahead of them even before school started and would prepare the way for them.  It is still early obviously but they seem to have gotten off to a pretty good start.

            Only God knows the future on this planet.  We see the beginnings of a season change. There are changes coming for this denomination and in other areas. Some will be easier than others.  But if we are surrendered to Jesus Christ and following him we are dealing with the God who can prepare the way for whatever comes. We may be surprised but God never is. What an awesome God He is!


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