Dear Reconciler Family,
I was listening to some gospel music the other day by the Mississippi Mass Choir, and one stanza caught my attention. It said this: “Trials come great and small; just stay in the will of God.” It reminded me of a lot of southern gospel songs that I grew up listening to. I have a much greater appreciation of them now than I did as a young teen. I have experienced the trials great and small over the past many years. And I can attest to the fact that staying in the will of God is the only way to go for help.
I think it was just what I needed to hear having returned from Dallas, Texas, where I visited Pastor and Chapter Leader Tom Picket and his son, Pastor and Chapter Leader David Picket. I was there to spend some time with them because Tom’s wife, Adrienne died in April, and his son, Andrew died in September, leaving Tom a widower, and David without a mom.
How true are the lyrics of that song! Tom and David are living in the will of God and on the road to healing, though they realize that it takes time. They continue to serve the two congregations God has blessed them with. I’m sure they would appreciate your prayers. Although many of you may not know them, we are all Brothers and Sisters in Christ.
I thank you all for being such wonderful supporters of the Ministry of Reconciliation over the last 20 years! We have reached many people in America and many nations around the world with the message that Jesus has given us.
This message keeps us focused and aware that it’s not our Ministry but His! That being the case, our job is to continue to allow him to use us in His service. Thank you for your faithfulness!
Bible Scholar John Gill wrote, “It is not in the power of man to believe of himself. It is a work of Omnipotence…and is the operation of Christ by his Spirit, and the increase of it is from him.”
I’d like to close with this powerful message from the Apostle Paul to the Ephesians 2:19-22: “Consequently, you are no longer foreigners, and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.”
May God continue to bless and keep you in His loving care.
Love, Joy and Peace,