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Letter From Dan Preston - January 28, 2022

Letter From Dan Preston

January 28, 2022

Good evening brethren and Happy Sabbath!  It looks like winter weather and illness are unfortunately forcing us to cancel in person services yet again this week.  We will have a live webcast service at 11 AM here.  

Please continue reading "Jesus Christ: The Real Story."  For those who are reading online or might already have a hard copy of the booklet, you might read Chapter 4 "Did Jesus Really Die and Live Again?"

Not again!

I can hardly believe it's been necessary to cancel services three weeks in a row.  I don't ever recall a time in my life when that has happened for me, personally.  But with the weather as being as unpredictable as it has been and the increased illness among our local ranks with COVID and other issues, I'm afraid it is a necessity.

It was suggested to me earlier today that perhaps we should all pray specifically that the weather improve, as well as our collective health, so that we can resume services next week.  I thought this was an excellent suggestion, so I am asking that everyone keep these thoughts in their prayers over the next week.

History repeats itself

I have to wonder if this might be a little like how God felt every time the nation of Israel would stumble in their effort to obey Him.  They'd go along well for awhile, but away their idolatry, but sooner or later pick it back up.  I wonder if He ever asked Himself, "Really, are you actually doing that again?"

Of course, we have to be careful we don't consider ourselves too much better than them.  We've all had things we've struggled to overcome, and just when we think we're doing alright - BAM - we stumble.  We often ask ourselves, "How could I be doing this again?!??!"  Just like missing church for three weeks in a row, this can be very discouraging!

Help!

Hebrews 12:1 reminds us that sin is a heavy burden that trips us up.  So what should we do?  Get rid of the burden of course!  How do we do that?  Just like the weather and illness, we are not helpless - we can ask God for help!

In Matthew 11:28-29 (NLT), we read, "Then Jesus said, "Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls.""

This verse has so much wonderful meaning.  Perhaps chief among those meanings is how Christ bears the burden of our sins.  And while that is not a 'license to sin,' it is a reminder that we are not alone in our fight.  

The next time we find ourselves frustrated by sin, and crying out 'Not again!', we should of course repent and ask God for forgiveness and help to overcome.  Then we can give thanks for our Saviour, Jesus Christ, who was and is willing to bear the burden of sin for us!