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Matthew 5:9  “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.”

It has become evident since the resignation of Rick Holmes that peacemaking is not on the agenda for many. We understand that some are disappointed, some are hurting, some are confused but many are angry. It is our desire to encourage the disappointed, hurting and confused but not provide a forum for  anger.

James 1:19-20  My dear brothers, take note of this: “Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.”

From what has been posted on the internet, anger, not the desire for peace is what is driving some. Truth is being sacrificed, spiritual accountability is being maligned and the Spirit of God is being ignored. There have even been threats of retribution. When someone rode their motorcycle up to our front doors on Sunday in an act of intimidation, it became apparent that some are calling themselves “sons of God” without any interest in peacemaking and that the “righteous life that God desires” was of no concern to them. Now, because of these things, the announced meeting on Tuesday evening is being cancelled. We are under no obligation to provide godless acts, attitudes and words a public hearing. For those who are disappointed, hurting or confused and who are interested in peacemaking coupled with the righteous life that God desires, we welcome the opportunity to meet with you. Contact the church office during business hours and arrangements will be made for a Staff member to give you the time and attention that is needed.

2 Timothy 2:15-26  15Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth. 16Avoid godless chatter, because those who indulge in it will become more and more ungodly. 17Their teaching will spread like gangrene…19Nevertheless, God’s solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: “The Lord knows those who are His,” and, “Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness.” 20In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for noble purposes and some for ignoble. 21If a man cleanses himself from the latter, he will be an instrument for noble purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work. 22Flee the evil desires of youth, and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. 23Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels. 24And the Lord’s servant must not quarrel; instead, he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. 25Those who oppose him he must gently instruct, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, 26and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.

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