Brethren, I want to remind you during these trying times to keep your eyes on Jesus. It’s so easy with all the conspiracy theories and rebellion against everything from the government to masks, to get caught up in a fight you ought not to involve yourself in. Keep your eyes on Jesus my brethren. When you use social media, write things that will point people to Jesus. In your conversations at work, church, or home, talk about the things of God and draw near to Jesus. He is what we need more than anything else. And He is what the world really needs! The following is a note I recently sent out to some of my discipleship men. Please read it and take it to heart.

Brothers, heading into this time of new ruling on mandatory masks I am asking you all to be loving and considerate of all those differing opinions in our fellowship. Some are in fear. Some are in rebellion. Some already wear a mask at work and feel they should wear one at church. Some feel wearing a mask is dangerous or a sign of buckling to political tyranny. You all have a right to your opinion. But please respect the opinions and decisions of others in our fellowship. Please don’t make demeaning remarks towards those who hold a different view from yourself. I believe the greatest harm that can come from this unique time is division in the body of Christ. Sure, the government is using this for political advantages. But above that be aware that Satan is also using this for his spiritual attacks to divide the body of Christ. The CCE board and I have some tough decisions to make. Please pray for us and then please support whatever decision we make. You may not agree with whatever decisions we make. But know that our decisions will be based upon the word of God, the leading of the Holy Spirit and a careful consideration of the wording of the law. I believe it is possible for God to lead different churches and Christians in different ways and responses depending upon their particular circumstances.  The most important issues here in my mind are the glory of God, the proclamation of the word of God and the unity / edification of the body of Christ. Personally, I am willing to do whatever it takes to achieve these goals even if it takes a humbling of myself or going against my comfort or preferences.  Let’s keep all this in mind and work together towards these goals. I ask your prayers and support In Jesus Name.

Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls. You have not yet resisted to bloodshed, striving against sin. And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons: “My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, Nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him; For whom the Lord loves He chastens, And scourges every son whom He receives.”” (Hebrews 12:1–6, NKJV) 

                           Pastor Mike