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From the Pastor's Desk: Peace Be Still
From the Pastor's Desk September 24, 2020

FacebookProfileBeloved, as a youth growing up in Annapolis, one of my favorite Gospel recording artists was the Late Rev. James Cleveland. In fact, I was so captivated by his songs that I would often mimic his style when I would sing "Peace Be Still" written by Rev. Cleveland. As the composer, Rev. Cleveland was inspired by the occasion when Jesus and his Disciples were aboard a ship when suddenly the condition of the sea became turbulent.

The Disciples, fearing that they would die, summoned Jesus, requesting that He save them from perishing! Jesus responded calming the storm by uttering the words: "Peace Be Still" and the winds and the waves obeyed his command! Certainly, this is a clarion request being made by people all over the world, "Peace Be Still" and especially in these United States.

When we consider metaphorically, the climate, the condition of our country with its many storms, we yearn for peace! Peace of mind and spirit! Peace in place of the deliberate efforts made to promote hatred and violence among the peoples of the land. No, I'm not suggesting that God come down and literally still the unrest that we are experiencing!
For He will not do for us what we are capable of doing ourselves!

Beloved, we have the gifts and talents to bring about the change that is so desperately needed in our country today! As believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, we know that we are "wrestling against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places." (Eph. 6:12)

We know who the Pharisees and Sadducees are and are acquainted with their motives and tactics! At times, their methods can be very intimidating even to point of feeling fearful. However, let us be encouraged in remembering that: " God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power and of love, and of a sound mind." II Timothy 1:7)

Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me!
In Jesus name, Amen!!

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