Pastors’ Update 03-01-2019
Hi Everyone and Happy Sabbath!
Once again the weather dominates the local news. This past week heavy rains, especially North of San Francisco, have brought several inches of rain. The rivers have swollen over their banks to record levels and over 2,600 homes and businesses have been flooded and seriously damaged or destroyed! I am thankful none of our members have been directly affected by the flooding. Thankfully, there was no heavy loss of lives in the flooded areas, as there was last year in the Butte Fire and Paradise. However, I am sure those who are suffering loss and damage would appreciate your prayers for comfort at this difficult time.
As you know, our President, Mr. Trump, returned from Vietnam and meetings with the delegation from North Korea without a deal for denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. As several past Presidents have learned, it is very difficult to negotiate with an authoritarian tyrant. Time will tell if Kim Jong-un and his government will be willing to return to the negotiating table. Their economy and the people of North Korea are suffering from the isolation and trade sanctions the United Nations have placed against them for the past several decades. They desperately need relief from the financial and political isolation! But, will they be willing to give up their weapons and become a much more open society? In the meantime the threat of war for much of East Asia and the United States continues to loom over the world like a dark cloud. As Christ prophecied in Matthew 24:6, “And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.”
Looking at history we know that men can never come to a peaceful and complete resolution to international conflicts and the threat of war. With Satan ruling in the hearts of men, this world will never have peace! Real peace can only come from the return of Jesus Christ, the establishment of the Kingdom of God, and the removal of Satan as “the god of this age” (II Corinthians 4:4).