General Overseer's  September Encouragement

Dear IFCA Family,

 

Greetings in the mighty name of Jesus, the Rock upon which we stand!

As I write this letter today, I do so in rememberance of two portions of scripture.  The first of course is Luke 21:26, Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.”  Again, fear is not only one of the signs which Jesus shares as earmarking the last days, it’s also what we are now experiencing in an unprecedented manner.  Not only does the fear of the pandemic continue to surround us, there’s also the fear of what will come due to the present unrest and dissension within our nation. 

In fact, it’s with this in mind that I’d like to remind you of Hebrews 1:3, Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high.”  Again, this verse is speaking of Christ, our risen Savior, who has risen and is now seated at the right hand of the Father as the Lord of all.  But the thing that I want to draw your attention to and the thing that I want to encourage you with today is what it says he is presently doing, “Upholding all things by the word of his power.”

Well let me encourage you.  When Jesus declared that, “Upon this Rock, he would build his church and the gates of hell would not prevail against it” that was not just some idle word.  That was the word of God’s reigning King, a word which all of heaven watches over to perform.  In fact, there’s nothing that this world will ever encounter that can alter the word of God’s King!

It’s also with this in mind that I’d like to personally thank every pastor, church and ministry within our fellowship.  Despite the restrictions of Covid, not only has the faithfulness of God’s people been seen, we are presently sitting in the black for the year.  That’s even while giving additional funds to our IFCA Bible College and benevolence to our retired ministers and widows.  If that doesn’t encourage you, what about all the incredible ways that our churches have implemented for continuing to preach and teach God’s word.  Do I believe that social media will ever take the place of actual physical meetings?  Of course not.  But at the same time, could it be that our King has used the present situations to teach us how to be more effective at reaching this social media driven generation?  Furthermore, could it be that God is using the present unrest and dissension as a wake-up call to once again preach the un-compromised word rather than the teachings of men?  No matter how you answer or what you may believe, one thing is certain – Jesus is Lord.  Furthermore, all things; whether in heaven, hell or in the earth are upheld by the word of his power.

 

May God bless each of you richly!

 

In His Service,

Bro. Rick George   


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