Hello Church Family,
The year is nearing its end and I think it's safe to say that we are all weary of 2020, yes? It has indeed been a very challenging year in many ways for the church, families, frontline workers, healthcare workers, and many more people. As you know, I will no longer be a paid pastor here at LHC, and if you have watched last week's Service, you know that this was not an easy decision made by your Elders and your Lead Pastor. As I ponder here in my office, I wanted to encourage you as this year closes and the new year dawns.
"For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us." - Romans 8:18 ESV
LHC family, do you realize that the sufferings of our day and the days to come will actually make the glory to be revealed all the more beautiful? We do not suffer in vain when we are hidden in Christ. All that we trust into His hand--the church, the finances, sinful struggle, bad habits, painful experiences, hurt, oppression--all of the things we do not have the power to fix or transform, God is able and willing to renew, replenish, and restore. There is going to be a glory revealed to you, and the sufferings of this time, whatever they may be, will not be able to even be compared.
Fear not, for Christ watches over His flock with a watchful and caring gaze. Even at this time, Christ is attentive to our hardship; He will not abandon those He has bought.
I want to say thank you to each of you! You have blessed Jordan and I's life by allowing us to serve you and be apart of your life. We are very thankful for our time serving as one of your pastors. Thank you for the gifts you have given and for the loving cards. We pray you each to enjoy your New Years' and stay safe!
Together in Him,
Pastor Mario & Jordan Register