An Open Letter to Eastside Baptist Church

Dear Eastside Baptist Church,

This day is among the sweetest days in my life. I’m reminded of Alex’s words, “today, your freedom has come.” and how sweet that sound is, even now, five years later. I’m thankful for each of you and all that you endured during those God ordained days. I’m filled with joy as I think about every one of those 19 complex days.
I bless the Lord for the leadership of John Martinez during those days. You were good to listen to him and follow him.
I’m reminded of how you meet often to pray for us. You met in your homes and at the meeting house to ask God to help us. He did. In ways that I’m not sure you even know about yet.
I bless the Lord for Renee and the enduring task of the weightiness that God placed upon her to let the suffering display of the glory of the Lord  land on her husband, son, brother, cousin and church family.
You are a dear people. I bless the Lord for you with much joy.
  2 Corinthians 4:7-18 (NASB)
     But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves; we are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. For we who live are constantly being delivered over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. So death works in us, but life in you.
    But having the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, “I BELIEVED, THEREFORE I SPOKE,” we also believe, therefore we also speak, knowing that He who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and will present us with you. For all things are for your sakes, so that the grace which is spreading to more and more people may cause the giving of thanks to abound to the glory of God.
    Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal. 
This song expresses my joy as I consider all of those God-ordained days.

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