Jeters Chapel    

     CHURCH OF THE BRETHREN      

Study of the Word

Scripture for the month:

1 Chronicles 16: 31-34 (NKJV) 

Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad; And let them say among the nations, "The Lord reigns".  Let the sea roar and all its fullness; Let the field rejoice, and all that is in it.  Then the trees of the woods shall rejoice before the Lord, for He is coming to judge the earth.  Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever! 

Pastor's Note

I've shared with many of you my love for my Paw-Paw, he was one of the greatest men I've ever known.  He was a gentle man, I never heard him yell at anybody for any reason.  He was a great encourager, he took a lot of time with us boys trying to teach us how to become good men. He was a train engineer, a faithful member of Williamson Road Church of the Brethren and a bit of a musician, he loved playing his harmonica, but he was a farmer at heart. 

     As I think about Thanksgiving, my Paw-Paw comes to mind.  You see, 

every year, when the garden season was over, he would look over the ground which was our garden and I think, have a little talk with God. Then, every spring, he would start up that old Massey Ferguson and plow our garden.  The land had been resting over the winter and here came Paw-Paw on that old Massey Ferguson tractor, he would put the plow down and begin tilling up the ground that had been resting.

    I know the Thanksgiving season can be a difficult time and for many people, they are enduring tough physical, emotional and spiritual times but there's a connection of Paw-Paw and our garden at home as kids to these words of scripture. You see, our lives are like a garden and sometimes God does a little plowing in us and it's not because he's mad at us or he's got nothing better to do. God does a little plowing in us because He has a harvest in mind.  

    God has a purpose for everything and sometimes we have periods of rest and sometimes, when God has the future and a purpose in His mind, it's like he jumps on His Massey-Ferguson and begins to plow in our lives. 

Brothers and sisters, if God's been doing a little plowing in your life, I want to encourage you to find out what His purpose, His will and His plans are in what you're going through but most importantly, I want to encourage you not to give up but to give in to God for He is preparing you for the harvest!
Love,
Pastor Paul

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