WORDS FROM THE PASTOR

“The heart of the problem is the problem of the heart.”

Undoubtedly, each and every one of us is facing problems at all levels. On a global scale, our world continues to battle the pandemic. A virus we cannot see is killing tens of thousands daily, causing long term changes to not only the world economy but to individual lifestyle. Disasters brought about by climate change devastate communities. Our own country faces a general election that divides us, showing us the dark and even disturbing side of our political system and its leaders. As individuals, we wrestle with sickness, suffering, and other inevitable personal dilemmas.

The heart of all these problems is, in fact, the problem of the heart. There is no problem-free system, no problem-free community nor problem-free lifestyle. And, even if there was, it would sooner or later be overcome by problems at the hands of human manipulation.

The Scripture warns us early on: “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?” (Jeremiah 17:9). Above all deceitful things, our heart is at the very top of the list. Can you imagine that? Our hearts are the root problem of all problems!

No human invention can solve this heart problem–no political systems, no philosophical ideals, no scientific inventions, no degree, no religion! Only the salvation graciously extended to us by the death and resurrection of Jesus on the Cross can solve the heart problem. The Bible promises that whoever believes in and dedicates their lives to Jesus is a new creation–with a new heart! It is our transformation in Christ that will solve the root problem of all problems.

At times it  may seem that engaging in personal evangelism does nothing  to solve the problems we face as individuals or as communities. Yet, personal evangelism is, in fact, the most effective solution in the long run. Within each of our own unique positions, whether at work, school, or home, let us continue to share the Gospel of the Cross using both our actions and words.

Pastor Isaac

MISSION CORNER

  • Gordon Law of Chosen People Ministries: The congregation at Brooklyn held a baptismal service in mid-September at a beach. 3 Jewish believers were baptized and more than 20 attended. They participated in an on-line discipleship class and were eager to witness their salvation in Jesus the Messiah. An Israeli recently left a message at the agency website. Gordon was assigned to follow up and found out he is from an ultra-Orthodox Judaism background. He is likely to face great opposition because of his faith. 3 missionaries units left NY due to the pandemic. Only Gordon’s and another family, with a few single seminary students, are staying. Much support is needed as they serve the 2 million Jewish people in the city!
  • Pakistan: a 37-year-old Christian man has been sentenced to death for blasphemy. He will appeal. He told the court his former employer made up the allegation after he quit. There are currently 40 people facing life sentences or execution for blasphemy in Pakistan. A new political party called for more enforcement of the blasphemy laws and won more than 2 million votes in the 2018 election, coming in fourth out of 13 viable parties.