June Newsletter

As I sit down to write this article, my mind continually goes to the parents, teachers, administrators, and citizens of Uvalde, Texas. It’s impossible for me to think too long about work without my mind drifting to those people. It’s another horrific loss that our nation must bear. It’s another loss that parents must bear. It’s another level of fear for all parents and grandparents who put their children on a school bus every morning. We grieve for the loss of these 19 children and their two very brave teachers. We grieve for the students, teachers, and administrators that survived and will have post traumatic stress for the rest of their lives. We grieve for the horrors of pure evil personified through one rogue 18-year-old. Our nation is deeply gripped right now in grief and rightly so. Jesus said, “Blessed are those who mourn for they will be comforted” (Matthew 5:4). One of the things that each of us can do is to come alongside of those who are grieving in support of them. Please join me in daily praying for the victim’s families as well as the survivor’s and their families. The community of Uvalde will never be the same again. Never. Those of you who have survived some post traumatic stress know exactly what we mean when we say that. On Sunday, May 29th, I preached one of the hardest sermons in my 18+ years as your pastor. It was message long in development, over the course of many years, as the Holy Spirit shaped my heart for it through many life situations. If you were not present in worship that day or if you have not had the time to watch it, please take 40 minutes and schedule it on your calendar to watch the message. The sermon starts at 37:50. If you go to youtube.com and search for “St. Peter’s Church Seven Valleys” you will find the worship service for May 29th . In this sermon, I link the tragedy in Texas to an issue that our country has been wrestling with for 49+ years, namely, the sanctity of human life. As noted, we are rightly grieving the loss in Uvalde Texas. It is appropriate for our nation to pause and to pray for the victims, the survivors, and all their families. It is just as important for us to pray for the life of every child in the womb from conception until birth. It is right to advocate for women to choose life for every baby conceived. It is right for us to work with women who become pregnant with a child and were not expecting it. In the May 29th sermon, I lay out 3 non-biblical arguments for the stoppage of abortion. Of course, I also put forth the Biblical argument for the sanctity of all life in the womb. I chose to present three non-biblical arguments because I know many of you have family and friends who are not Christians and whose authority is not Scripture. I want to equip you, because it is my job (see Ephesians 4:11-13), to deal with objections from pro-choice families and friends. I have labored deeply over this work and spent much time in prayer by crafting it so that it would be something you could share with those who are not pro-life. I feel that by linking the sanctity of life in Uvalde Texas to the sanctity of life in the womb, we can all grasp its urgency and need for change. Therefore, the goals of this message is two-fold. First, to inform your mind and give you many facts to be prepared, if and, when a discussion comes up. Second, I want to challenge all of us to be invested in pro-life causes by supporting Human Life Services, our local crisis pregnancy center, with the volunteers that are needed to carry forward in the ministry. Finally, I urge you to daily be in prayer. Pray not only for the people in Uvalde, but also for all women who have unintended pregnancies. Pray that they get connected with a crisis pregnancy center that can give them godly counsel that will help guide them to make the right decisions for their babies. Prayerfully, Pastor Tom