A Word from Pastor (Papa) George

USA – Suicide, Dec 5, 2021

I was blessed to be raised by a wonderful Christian mother and I loved the Lord. My childhood was filled with wanting to do those things that would honor and please God. But then my best friend was killed in an automobile accident right before we both would be turning 16 and I was left with an emptiness I had never experienced. I prayed and plodded along but something had changed. At that time, our country was involved in the Vietnam conflict and some of my upperclassman volunteered to serve, and we received word that some had given their lives. I loved my country, so I grabbed hold of that opportunity and joined the service three days after graduating high school. When I came home from my first tour, I called my mom before I went home to visit having already been assigned for a second tour. She communicated to me that some of the people’s attitude in the country had changed and the real heroes were the young people that fled to Canada to escape serving their country. That was totally not true, but the information that the media was putting out and I bought the lie. Even though I did go back, I went back having lost any purpose for my life. I quit believing and quit hoping. That lasted until I was 25 years old and found recovery from over 5 years of alcoholism during which I spent every day just not wanting to wake up the next day.

A few years ago, I wrote the following post.

“The thoughts of suicide; being alone and not caring and not believing should help us understand in a deeper way the consequence of having a relationship with God or not. Not to trivialize the pain associated with the loss of someone who has taken their own life, but physical suicide may only take a few minutes, but spiritual suicide is forever. Many of us have tried to imagine the depth of despair a person has to have to believe there is no hope in clinging to life itself. Now imagine spending eternity in that moment of hopelessness and separation. No pills in the bottle, no alcohol in the bottle, no bullet in the gun, no blade in the knife or in the razor, no gas in the car to make carbon monoxide, no window to jump out of, no cliff to drive or jump off of, no water to drowned in and no rope to hang yourself with. Wanting the pain of separation to be gone but it never will – forever. We know that is the last thing that God would ever want.
 
That is why Jesus died on the cross. So, everyone can be saved from that consequence. He has provided the way for all humanity to have a loving and eternal relationship with Him. It costs us nothing yet costs Him everything, so we have the freedom and responsibility to choose. We make our own choice of whether we want to live with Him or without Him, but we do not get to choose the eternal consequences of how that choice will play out.

Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”
 
We all have one vote. Cast it wisely.”

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USA – The reason for the season, Dec 4, 2021

We are so thankful for those that shared the birth, life, death and resurrection of our Savior, Lord and King, Jesus Christ at the Sedro Woolley Christmas parade on Saturday, Dec. 4th. Truly the parade itself was a gift from God that was poured out to everyone in Sedro Woolley and the surrounding communities. Even though many had not met each other, these believers were prompted to forsake everything else they could have done and come together as the body of Christ for the parade. Our fellowship in preparing for the parade and our continuing fellowship with one another is our gift to God. We pray that the truth of the gospel and the love of the Father sparked a yearning in the hearts of every parade participant, spectator, judge and all those that helped organize this community event. This was a gift from God to each of them. Their acceptance of God’s forgiveness purchased through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ’s sinless body is their gift to God.

We pray that each and every person in our community will open their hearts to the truth of the gospel.

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USA – Jesus is King, Dec 1, 2021

We are so thankful for those

that will be sharing

the birth, life, death and resurrection

of our Savior, Lord and King,

Jesus Christ

at the

Sedro Woolley Christmas parade

on

Saturday, Dec. 4th at 5pm

We are praying that the truth of the gospel and the love of the Father would shine into the hearts of everyone that attends and that many will respond to the prompting of the Holy Spirit as He speaks to all that will listen.

We know the Holy Spirit prompted these believers to come together for this purpose and as we journey together through this Christmas season we will do it in recognition of our first love, Jesus Christ.

There are many distractions in the world, but Jesus is the way, the truth and the life and no one comes to the Father except through Him.

For anyone that participated or has been moved in anyway by this experience, the Lord has opened a time of sharing at the Garden of Eden Fellowship at 14799 Avon Allen Rd in west Mt. Vernon on Sunday, Dec 5th at 3pm.

We are having a turkey and ham potluck and we know the Lord will be present to bless our fellowship. We are challenging those that attend to share how the Holy Spirit is leading them to fulfill the desire of our Lord when He has asked us to,

“Deny yourself, pick up your cross daily and follow Me.”

We know that God wants us to encourage one another as we shine that light through the remainder of the Christmas season, into the new year and forever.

For information call 360-421-8811 or 360-421-8812. What God puts together, let no one separate.


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USA – The will to prepare, Nov 30, 2021

The will to win is useless without the will to prepare.

We are blessed to witness the coming together of the Body of Christ here in our own community.

Jesus said when He is lifted up from the earth, all people will be drawn to Him.

We are thankful that local believers from many different church families, para-ministries and even many more that have separated themselves apart so they can be sure they are hearing the uncompromised word of God as given to us by Jesus Himself through the Holy Spirit.  

We will be together representing the birth, life, death and resurrection of our Savior, Lord, King Jesus Christ who chooses to call us His Friends as we acknowledge His Name in the Sedro Woolley Christmas parade, Saturday, Dec 4th,  in downtown Sedro Woolley.

Those that desire to honor God in this way are gathering at the Harvest Home, 9467 Pierce Lane in Sedro Woolley during the day. Fellowship, a cup of coffee, prayer, testimonies and allowing the Holy Spirit to show us our part. Need a costume? Olivia, our ministry coordinator in Mexico, has came with her gift of sewing to bless our community.

You are welcome!      


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