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Bishop Earl Bell

From The Pastor's Desk

I bring you greetings in the precious name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. My friends, I believe that we are indeed living in critical times. Turn on the television, tune in to news radio or listen to the conversations at the workplace water cooler and one finds out that there is an increase in crime, poverty, wars and natural or manmade disasters. Our lives are being impacted daily by growing concerns about the stock market, unemployment, global warming and other negative trends that seemingly are getting worse every day. Many people, and sad to say, many of God's people are experiencing loss of hope and failing faith. As a result there is an atmosphere of desperation experienced by many today like never before.

As the saying goes "desperate times call for desperate measures". Unfortunately, many of these "measures" taken often lead to a temporary fix and ultimately more desperation. One finds it hard these days to tune into the news without hearing of a suicide or more disturbingly, a murder- suicide. The numerous amounts of scams and other unscrupulous acts that leave a trail of agony, hopelessness and jail time, has seemingly increased. Families are torn apart and neighborhoods are suffering from the foreclosures of homes and businesses. All of this is happening because, as the bible foretold, men have become lovers of themselves more than God (2 Timothy 3:1-4).

It is now abundantly clear that in order to cope with situations as they exist today, it is essential to have an inner source of strength that cannot be exhausted, no matter how many times it is tapped into. This strength can only come through prayer to the one true God. Simply put, prayer is conversation with God. The Bible encourages us to pray always regardless of our situation (Luke 1 and Philippians 4:6,7)to the one who is the source of our strength (Psalm 121:2 and Philippians 4:13). Not only are we encouraged to pray for ourselves, but to pray for others also (I Timothy 2:1-6).

Moreover, we gain a sense of peace and relief from the daily stresses of life. The bible says that if you keep your mind on the Lord, he promises to sustain you through all trials and storms that you might encounter in your life ((Isaiah 26:3). Yes, many of us have seen that bumper sticker "No Jesus, no peace; Know Jesus; know peace." I believe that to be so, my friends. After all, he is "the prince of peace" (Isaiah 9:6). Continue to delight yourself in the word of the Lord. Daily or frequent meditation and study of God's word will comfort and assure you of His love and care for you. From it we will be confident in God's ability to meet our needs, putting an end to constant worry (Matthew 6:25-34).

I therefore encourage you dear brothers and sisters to stand firm in the Lord, let nothing distract or detract from your work in the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain (1 Corinthians 15:58).

Background

In 1976, when I was only 12 years old, I gave my life to Christ while attending Mt. Zion Baptist Church in my hometown of Hackley, Louisiana. Although my life has taken many turns, I can stand firm by saying that I truly love the Lord; that my eye is on the prize - - - to one day see Jesus. I'm no longer living a life of sin and I know that my life and my destiny are truly in the hands of the Lord Almighty. I believe in Jesus Christ, that he died for my sins, rose on the third day and that I was a sinner saved by God's grace through my faith in His Son.

I completed my training as a Pastor while attending Trinity Life Church from 2004-2006. Prior to this training, I had acquired over ten years of leadership in the ministry. I currently preside as the Sr. Pastor of World Life Church.

We have work to do for the Lord and I know that through Christ, who strengthens me, I can do all things and that no weapon formed against me shall prosper.