July Proclaimer

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Pastor’s Paragraph

When I traveled to Jackson, Mississippi last weekend to help my dad see his brother, we took time to drive through the neighborhood where we grew up. It has been 46 years since we lived there so we expected some changes. But we were shocked to turn onto our street and it looked like a war zone. The houses were not just in disrepair, but some of them were boarded up. Bushes and trees were overgrown, junk was all over the yards, and the atmosphere was almost dangerous. As I thought about that neighborhood, I thought about how life must be for those people. It has to be depressing, discouraging, and hopeless! How can the church bring hope to a neighborhood like that? We have some areas like that around our city. What hope can we give? As we talked, my dad said that the only hope is to help individuals discover the love of Jesus and in that find hope. As more and more find that love, hope can be restored to the
community. That is our goal here at Pennway. That is our hope for the families we are touching. We want to give hope. Jeremiah writes about the children of Israel while they are in exile and gives us the whole book of his Lamentations concerning that situation. Right in the middle of this book of Lamentations we find this statement: “I remember my affliction and my wandering … and my soul is downcast within me. Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness!” I don’t know what you might be facing right now, but no matter how bad things might seem, call this to mind like Jeremiah did. His compassions will never fail! They are new every morning. His faithfulness is great!

In His Service,
Pastor John

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