Shepherding Under the Good Shepherd, Jesus

Dear Peace Family,

Seven years ago today a young man stood in front of a church and made promises. That man remembers it like it was yesterday. He promised to visit the sick. He promised to comfort the dying. He promised to counsel the spiritually hurting. He promised to preach and teach the Word of God and only the Word of God. He promised to teach the Word the way it really is: Jesus, Jesus, and only Jesus. In short, he promised to be a pastor.

You’ve probably guessed it, but that man is me. I want you to know that I couldn’t be more thankful that I get to keep those promises still today to you. I will be there for you when you’re sick. I will comfort you when you’re dying. I will counsel you when you’re spiritually hurting. I will preach and teach the Word of God to you. And I promise to center it all on Jesus, Jesus, and only Jesus. In short, I will be your pastor. I'll work at that high calling always drawing on the strength of our true Shepherd, Jesus.

I remember how I was when I stood making those same promises seven years ago. I remember my conviction. I remember my joy. I remember how tears were glistening in my eyes. The truth is that right now as I write this they are all over again. Because my convictions have in no way diminished. And because my joy in the gospel is even more complete. Today please know how thankful I am to be a pastor and know how thankful I am in particular to be your pastor.

– Pastor Jonathan Bourman

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