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Nave reflects on honoring and appreciating pastors

Dear Editor,
October is Pastor Appreciation Month. Not just in October but every month we should appreciate and honor our pastor the Bible teaches. The Bible says in 1Thessalonians 5, “We beseech you,
brethren, to respect those who labor among you and are over you in the
Lord, and admonish you and to esteem them very highly in love because
of their work.”

God never removes His calling, so a pastor is never out to pasture. Pastors in nursing homes can pastor their nursing home. Churches can have their pastor’s pictures put in the newspaper to
recognize and honor them.   As a result of major media and Hollywood demonizing Christian pastors and churches and America’s social and moral decay respect for pastors and churches has declined to shocking low levels in America. Every year in American churches and their
parking lots there are robberies, and attacks some ending in death. A shooting at a church on September 24, 2017 in Antioch, Tennessee killed one and injured eight. It’s more important than ever to secure our automobiles, homes and even churches!   It’s most important to secure
our souls. The Bible in Hebrews 10 says not to forsake going to church especially as you see the return of Jesus approaching. We can see the return is close with all the earthquakes and hurricanes. More and greater earthquakes are coming. It’s a dangerous time to live on a earthquake fault or on the coast. Pastor Steven Sewell and Pastor Sandy Armstrong speculate the rapture could happen at the sound of the trumpet on the Jubilee, on the Day of Atonement Feast before the end
of day October 1, 2017, our time. There are some 20 time zones so no one knows the day or hour. They speculate that the tribulation begins before the end of October 2017.   A century from now it won’t matter what kind of house we lived in, how much money we had, or how many friends we had on Facebook. It will only matter that we repented(turned from sin) and had saving faith(turned to Jesus and trusted Jesus only as Savior and Lord) and believe the gospel that Jesus died for our sins was buried and rose again. Call 1-888-need-him. Because having a relationship with Jesus is all that
matters. There’s no other profession except Christian pastors touching people in such a vital way and with such lasting impact, since eternity goes on forever! Alexis de Tocqueville in his 1835 book on American society said the number one factor contributing to America’s success was the positive impact of Christianity and pastors! Even Charles Murray an agnostic and libertarian in his book, “Human Accomplishment” found that Christianity underlies most of human accomplishment. For positive impact Jesus reigns supreme. After the soon coming seven-year tribulation Jesus will reign as our eternal king of kings and lord of lords.

D.D. Nave   Elizabethton, TN