Pastor's Corner

After wandering in the desert for 40 years, God wanted to bring His people into the land He had promised to them. There were 2 tribes, Gad and Rueben, who didn't want to cross the Jordan river into the promised land. They wanted to settle on the east side of the river because they said it was good for livestock. They settled for less than God's promised land; at least it wasn't the desert! (Numbers 32). I wonder if Christians sometimes settle for good, rather than God's best simply because we don't know the things that God has planned for us, and we have a hard time believing those things will be better than what we can do for ourselves. Paul wrote 

"I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus." (Philippians 3:12-14). 

I wonder what our lives would look like if we didn't settle for good, but pressed on for the better things of God. I wonder what our families and marriages would look like if we didn't settle for "okay" and really poured ourselves into our most cherished relationships. I wonder what our country would look like if we chose to invest in the better things of God. I'm excited for the future, no not politically, but for the people of God who are crazy enough to believe that God is still good, still in control and still has great things in store for anyone who would turn to Him. God openly invites anyone and everyone to turn to Him and see for themselves that He is good. Blessings

Pastor Joel Belcher 




Rabbi's seat in a synagogue in Israel