Pastor's Note

Pastor's Note
A Message from Rev. HeyYoung Horton, Senior Pastor

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As some of you might know, I struggled with COVID a few weeks ago. Fortunately, I am fully recovered and the recent COVID test came back negative, but it was certainly challenging time for me.

While I was struggling to recover from the virus, I heard the news about the school shooting in Texas. My heart was broken. I could not imagine the sorrow and pain the families of the victims had to bear. I also continued hearing about the ongoing crisis in Ukraine.

The world has been and continues to suffer from the evil afflicting it. Dealing with my own illness and listening to the news of the world, I felt so helpless. The issues affecting the world are so big, it made me feel so small.

What can I do to help this broken world? Then, I remembered "three simple rules" by John Wesley.

Do No Harm
This means to avoid evil of every kind and NOT to harm others by guarding our thoughts, words and actions.

Rev. Rueben Job described do no harm as this: "To do no harm means that I will be on guard so that all my actions and even my silence will not add injury to another of God's children or any part of God's creation."

Do Good
Jesus commended us to do good by loving others. Doing good is not limited to those whom I like, but to everyone, even those who we may disagree with you.

I love how John Wesley describes how to do good.
"Do all the good you can,
By all the means you can,
In all the ways you can,
In all the places you can,
At all the times you can,
To all the people you can,
As long as ever you can."

Stay in Love with God
I know our lives become hectic, priorities change, and God gets pushed to the side. When this happens, often our life becomes dry and our inner joy disappears. Jesus said He is the bread of life and living water. It is so important for us stay connected with the source of life.

We see that our world is messy and we feel helpless at times, but if every Christian keeps these simple three rules, the world will become much different than where we are today.

May God's grace and peace be with you all!
Pastor HeyYoung

New Jersey Annual Conference
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