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Tuesday, July 7, 2020

The Five Words

2 Timothy 4:2-5
“Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry”.

If we believe that the Word is true [Jn 8:32], we very well know that it shall stand even through the trying times that we face. “The grass withers, the flowers fade but the Word of God stands forever [Is40:8]. In the midst of the pandemic and social unrest, many minds wonder, “when will this end?” Uncertainty continues to loom as it weaves within the plight of humanity.

A trying time it truly is. Magnified in isolation, we face many challenges ahead of us. In waiting, the itching ears become itchier, impatience surrounds the surface. Worry and anxiety continue to pile up, and we begin to wonder how to proceed. Trust me, the devil has the megaphone ready as he attacks with the deceptive whispers of disbelief. So deceptive he is that we are at a loss for words and thus we may ask, “Are we all alone in this?” In times of uncertainty, I am always reminded of Ezekiel 37 and the valley of dry bones. Lost in exile and in need of restoration, Israel was hopeless and discouraged. What were they to do?

The Lord asks Ezekiel, “can these bones live?”

Dry and dead, no hope it seemed for these lifeless bones, yet Ezekiel responds with five words. “Oh Lord God, You know”

Commanded by the Lord, Ezekiel prophesied over the dead bones and said, “Oh dry bones, hear the word of the Lord”.

By the word of God, these bones lived!

And we do too! For I know the spiritual battle is before us, yet the Word is true. Through the death and resurrection of our Lord, we stand victorious in Christ as His truth has set us free. So take comfort and pray that the Lord may grant you the continued faith to endure. For He is our true Father and we are His true children! What a wonderful truth this is as we live under the promise of Christ and in Him crucified! And though we face much in this world today, we are not alone, “Behold I am always with you until the end of the age” [Mt29:20]

As we continue in the life of faith, I encourage you to be in the word. For the Word points us to Christ and the comfort that He gives. In the midst of our world today, how important it is to be in the truth of God’s Word. For when we are in the Word, there we find ourselves echoing Ezekiel’s five words, “Oh Lord God, You know”.

I encourage you to follow along in our services on Wednesday and Sunday along with our daily devotions [Tues-Saturday], and our Wednesday bible study on the book of Galatians. It is in the Word that we find ourselves saying, “Oh Lord God, you know”. Indeed, Thy will be done!

In Christ,

✝️ Pastor Jeong

The full newsletter can be found here:
http://www.faithmoorpark.com/files/pdf/2020/2020-07-Newsletter.pdf

Friday, June 5, 2020

The Beacon of Light to 1.5 million people

Six years ago I had the privilege to attend the Doxology conference in Philadelphia. As I look back, it was undeniably a time well spent. Learning and renewing, feeding and filling, it was an important ministry moment as pastors were taught the care of souls. Also, it was time to reunite with my fellow seminary classmates, and there I met my brother Pastor Rob Kieselowsky. A good friend indeed, but even a better Pastor in an LCMS organization called, Philadelphia Lutheran Ministries [PLM].

Philadelphia is the fifth most populated city in America. Boasting 1.5 million in the heart of the city, the need for the proclaimed Word is of the utmost importance. Yet, the heart of Philadelphia is the most underserved city in the LCMS. Actually, Pastor Kieselowsky is the only Pastor serving full-time in the city. As the Pastor/Executive Director of PLM, he continues to serve at Logos Lutheran Church [Philadelphia PA] a congregation that is surrounded by many universities [Penn, Temple, Drexel etc.] along with the ever-growing population.

With the help of a vicar, PLM continues to proclaim the Word and Sacrament in a place that needs to hear and receive the life-saving gifts of Christ and His promises. As the only LCMS church in the heart of the city, PLM/Logos Lutheran is the beacon of light to such a large community! Thanks be to God for Pastor Kieselowsky and his faithful efforts as he shares the Gospel in such a unique and diverse context.

This year, we have decided to designate a mission donation to PLM to support the ministry within the city. Thank you for your continued offerings as they will not only assist PLM but also support Centro Cristiano Hispano. Along with these mission opportunities, I continue to pray that in the forthcoming year, we open another mission opportunity that will help a community in their mission of preaching Christ and in Him Crucified!

After all, the world needs to hear and receive the life-saving message that far surpasses any other cure. I pray that we may walk together in Christ as we serve in His name. For these are the blessed opportunities that will greatly assist and support the proclamation of the Gospel!

What can you do?

1) Pray for our missions:
- Pray for Centro Cristiano Hispano and Pastor Bradshaw/Pastor Velasco
- Pray for Philadelphia Lutheran Ministries and Pastor Kieselowsky

2) Prayerfully prepare and give offerings to these missions of great need.
For more information Please visit:

www.centrocristianohispano.com
www.phillyministries.org

Also see a new update from Pastor Bradshaw later in the newsletter!

Blessings to you all!
Christ Keep You

✝️ Pastor Jeong
The full newsletter can be found here:
https://www.faithmoorpark.com/files/pdf/2020/2020-06-Newsletter.pdf

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