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Pastor Perry D. Baugh

There is Joy in Serving The Lord Jesus Christ!

Very sadly, we live in a world of sadness and sorrow. There is so much conflict, confusion, and concern about the future and the global changes, the vacillating political trends and policies, the fluctuating economy, the international strife and fearful speculations and escalating rumors about nuclear world war, and then there are all of the myriads of personal woes and worries. However, in spite of all of the agonies of the heart that we are all confronted with there is a truth which captured my attention years ago that not only has had a tremendous stabilizing impact on my life but has also been a wonderful source of inspiration.

There is no greater joy than knowing that you are in a right relationship with God and that you are in the center of God's will doing exactly what the Lord wants you to do. There is a wonderful peace and joy that comes only from knowing the Lord Jesus Christ as our personal Saviour and in serving Him as our Lord and Master. Anyone can have that assuring and joyful knowledge that his soul hungers for when he turns from his sins and by faith invites the Lord Jesus Christ into his heart and life. Ironically, many are so busy doing what they want to do, but they are hardly ever very joyful.

I am so very thankful that everyone of us, regardless of race, social-economic status, educational background, or religious upbringing, can have that peace that "passes all understanding" and that abiding joy that transcends all of the fears and worries that we struggle with. The Lord provides for us personally that eternal peace, that victorious joy and that blessed assurance through His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, when a person in faith turns to Him for mercy, forgiveness and salvation.

When God in love gave His only begotten Son to die on the cross in order to pay the price of atonement for all of our sins, He made a way, the only way, for anyone to be forgiven and to be eternally saved from the condemnation of all sins. The Lord has also provided a glorious way for us to face all of the turmoil and heartaches of this life by giving us the privilege and the opportunity of serving Him and being a part of His great plan and provision for all of mankind.

There is a sweet and special joy that not only accompanies the salvation of the soul at the moment of conversion, but there is also a triumphant joy that fills our hearts and souls when we surrender our will and dedicate our lives to serving the Lord Jesus Christ in ministry after we are saved. There is joy in serving Jesus.

We would invite you to taste for yourself the joy of knowing the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Saviour, and then enter into the joy of living for Him. If we can be of help to you in discovering the peace and joy of the Lord, please contact us and let us know your concern and your desire. It would be our joy to share in your joy. If you per chance should live in the North Shore area of Boston, Massachusetts, we invite you to visit us and join with us as we joyfully worship and serve the Lord Jesus Christ.