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Pondering from the Pastor

Dear Friends at Lake Eunice,                                                                                       

I sincerely hope this newsletter finds all of you doing well during this coronavirus outbreak that we are experiencing. It certainly has changed the way we do church at least temporarily. We are praying for a quick end to this virus and that we can meet together as a church again soon. Unfortunately, everything had to be put on hold or cancelled until further notice. We are praying that we can start meeting together the first week in June at the latest, but we also know that the numbers of cases in Minnesota is still on the rise. These are uncertain times in our world for sure!

            What is not uncertain is that the Lord is still faithful, He has not abandoned us, He has not stepped off the throne, He is still in control. He will still protect us. We will continue to do our church services online as long as necessary. The good news is, is that far more people than normally come to church are viewing them! I am thankful that spring has indeed finally come, the lakes and ponds are starting to slowly open up with all the wind we are having, the red wing black birds are here and probably nesting already, and I am seeing some field work starting to happen. These are all good signs of spring. I certainly missed having our Resurrection Sunday breakfast and service this year. But we know that the Jesus is still at the right hand of the Father interceding for us every day.

            All this pandemic has caused people to wonder, is this pandemic part of the end times? The answer is no, it is not. Dr. Ed Hindson, and Dr. Jeremiah both say in the studies we have been doing on Wednesday nights tell us, along with Matt. 24 that this is the beginning of birth pangs. We have seen tremendous tornado outbreaks in the deep south, and Christians are being blamed by radical Muslims for the Corona outbreak middle eastern countries, and Hindu’s are doing the same in India. Although this is very discouraging, it is nothing new. In Rome, during the reign of the Emperor Nero, there was a huge fire that cause hundreds of deaths and burned a third of the city of Rome.

Many were certain that Nero himself set the fire because he wanted to renovate that part of the city. Nero shifted the blame off of himself by blaming the Christians and instituting a empire wide persecution of Christians of the most evil sort. The persecution was horrible, and some of the apostles were put to death during his reign. I have heard of some gov’t officials blaming Christians today for the coronavirus because it is supposed we were responsible for electing President Trump and he claimed Trump didn’t act soon enough to prevent the spread of the virus. There is nothing new under the sun. God is still faithful, He is still in control and I am thankful for that!               Pastor Dale