Hi, we don’t know the future, but we know the One who holds the future, and that is all that matters! Marlene has back problems, so we ask your prayers for her. She will need to get some shots in her back soon, and she is not look forward to these, but hopefully they will help alleviate some pain she has. Her scooter does help her when she goes shopping.
As we look at the world scene, it is looking pretty bleak, but again we know Who is in charge. Even though Satan will do his best to destroy the Church, the Word says he will not be able to prevail against the Church. “And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My Church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.” Mt. 16:18 Also, Christ is coming back for a wonderful Church! Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the Church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish. Ephesians 5:25-27
You have to understand that some people that are in with us at the fellowship of the church are not in the body of Christ. In other words, they are not saved. In order to be saved you have to repent of your sins and receive Jesus as your Savior. “Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.” Acts 2:38,39
Some people these days are saying we don’t need to repent to be saved. But what did Peter preach on the first day of the Church? He said you had to repent, in other words, turn from your sin and turn to Jesus as your Savior. If a person does not understand that he/she is a sinner, they will not understand the need of a Savior. If you are reading this letter and have not repented of your sin and received Christ, why not do it right now? Just tell God the Father, you are a sinner in need of salvation. Invite Jesus into your heart and life. It is as simple as that. Then after you have done that get baptized, go to church, read your Bible and pray.
Please pray for us as Gideons, the fair is starting the 23rd of September, and we hope to give out some 10,000 plus New Testaments at the Central Washington State Fair in Yakima, WA.
Also, pray for me as I will speak this Sunday at both the English and Spanish services at the New Harvest Fellowship in Toppenish. After the fair we will be going to Central Washington University in Ellensburg, WA to give out New Testaments with the Gideons. Thanks again for your prayers. In Christian love, Gary and Marlene Panell