Blessings to you as we close off 2020 – a year beyond anyone’s expectations.
Back in mid-February of 2020, I wrote the following note to encourage a good brother and his wife:
“There are several events that I am anticipating God to bring to CASC this year, where each event may have greater impact on us than the WPC roof repair and site restoration we saw in the past two years. I expect the events to visibly show God’s hand, such that what you see, assume, and believe today will be drastically changed.”
God has certainly delivered…and well beyond anyone’s expectations.
We expect this trend to not only continue in 2021, but to also intensify. As Pastor Joseph shared in his Sunday message, we anticipate a “kairos” turning in 2021 that may bring “the best of times and the worst of times.”
We believe that a year of “manifestation” is coming when God will make His heart crystal clear for everyone to see, if it was not clear before. The best of times may be coming for some who persevered in faithfulness through His training of self-denial, where they will prosper in relationships, wisdom, spiritual authority, personal authority, and financial resources. The worst of times may come to some who, like Jonah, will meet the hand of God in a storm of a lifetime, and be offered the mercy for a turnaround of a lifetime.
We stand encouraged because God has led our church, through many years of fire, to prepare for these coming “kingdom encounters” – whether they be the best or the worst of times. Moreover, He has provided us a clear roadmap for navigating through the “kairos” of 2021 and beyond. We will be sharing on this roadmap in the coming weeks of the new year. Let’s give thanks for God’s mercy and faithfulness.
Jesus loves His church, and promised to be with us to the end of the age, including 2021. Experience Emmanuel for 2021!
Tomorrow is the Sunday before Christmas and we hope that all of you can join us. As we see the many precious moments of 2020 and the revelation of Jesus, it is a blessing to worship and join together in this time. Look forward to having all of you as a part of our family in this. Blessings.
Hope you’re doing well this week! It’s hard to imagine that Christmas is only a couple of weeks away. A few things that we’d love to have your support on.
1. We’re refreshing our CASC website – if you have some ideas or thoughts for it, please let us know.
2. We’re planning some type of Zoom “Christmas Caroling” for our pastoral to “visit” with families sometime before Christmas online. Please let us know if you’d like to participate in this!
We are slowly beginning to shift our Sunday Celebrations organically so that our church family/body can be able to bring their “sacrifice of praise” to share. This is an exciting work in progress beginning with Shimu sharing what the Lord has given to her at this moment to share during our praise time. Let’s all bring what we have been given. Looking forward to having all of you in person or online tomorrow! Blessings
The rising turmoil of contending for political authority, along with the internet, is clearly causing much confusion and anxiety to many believers. We, as the overseers of our church body, would like to offer a reminder that “God is good, and His love endures forever,” and that “all things works for the good of those who love God, and have been called according to His purposes.”
Despite the torrent of warnings, prophecies, analysis, and opinions, we encourage you to stand on the following principles:
- Interpret what is happening in light of Jesus’ highest agenda – which is the preparation of His church, the purification of His bride. This can bring a clearer understanding of God’s working in the midst of all our upheaval – and come to rest in His peace, despite any political or social outcome.
- Set our expectations and anticipation of what is to come on scripture, not just on the basis of anyone’s visions or revelations. To start, we recommend Malachi 4 and Matthew 16.
In my Sunday message on 11/29, I shared a statement on the election. That message is available at our church website here.