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Pastor's Note
From the desk of Rev. Danny Barrett

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Pastor to the Pew

In light of all of the Destruction we have witnessed recently, my heart is so saddened by all of the speaking of disdain for all of the disciplines we grew up on and believed in. Needless killing because they are different from who we profess to believe. Do we really believe in what we say on Sunday moments. The Apostle’s creed for instance, do we really believe what we are saying? Let’s stop this next Sunday and really take our time in speaking what we believe. I recently read an article by a father that lost a daughter to the ruthless killing in Columbine Colorado. Here are his words:

On Thursday, May 27, 1999, Darrell Scott, the father of Rachel Scott, a victim of the Columbine High School Shootings in Littleton, Colorado, was invited to address the House Judiciary Committee's sub-committee. …

"Since the dawn of creation there have been both good and evil in the hearts of men and women. We all contain the seeds of kindness or the seeds of violence. The death of my wonderful daughter, Rachel Joy Scott, and the deaths of that heroic teacher, and the other 11 children who died must not be in vain. Their blood cries out for answers.

"The first recorded act of violence was when Cain slew his brother Abel out in the field. The villain was not the club he used. Neither was it the NCA, the National Club Association. The true killer was Cain, and the reason for the murder could only be found in Cain's heart. …

"I am here today to declare that Columbine was not just a tragedy, it was a spiritual event that should be forcing us to look at where the real blame lies! ... "Men and women are three-part beings. We all consist of body, soul and spirit. When we refuse to acknowledge a third part of our makeup, we create a void that allows evil, prejudice and hatred to rush in and wreak havoc. …

"The young people of our nation hold the key. There is a spiritual awakening taking place that will not be squelched! We do not need more religion. We do not need more gaudy television evangelists spewing out verbal religious garbage. We do not need more million dollar church buildings built while people with basic needs are being ignored. We do need a change of heart and a humble acknowledgment that this nation was founded on the principle of simple trust in God!"

See you Sunday!

Danny B