A Note From Founder/Publisher of FGGAM Pastor Dewey Moede:  We have a serious problem in America, suicides are increasing, especially in men.  I have officiated too many funerals in the last 4 years of wonderful people taking their own lives.  I see the loved ones that are left behind.  I am suffering from a very deep grief myself.  I mourn, I hurt to this day.  We always must keep in mind that Christmas for many, is a very sad time.  The Enigma of Suicide: Answers From Billy Graham

If you or someone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts, you can call the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988 any time day or night, or chat online.  In 2021, more than 47,000 people in the U.S. died by suicide.  Men accounted for about 80% of all suicides in the U.S., according to preliminary data compiled by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics.

Hope in Darkness for Pastors

I was asking my friend Oscar yesterday, “Do you think it is that I am getting older, that I grieve more?”

This report by FGGAM News Director Chuck Akeley really tears me up….so tragic.  Sharon and I are in prayer.

The Christian Post reported yesterday that on November 27, 2023, Jarrett Booker (37), a father, husband and pastor of student ministry and worship at Nashua Baptist Church, New Hampshire, committed suicide two days after being fired from the ministry for allegedly sexually abusing minors.

Jarrett Booker – YouTube | via The Christian Post

During the week before Pastor Booker’s death, church officials became aware of the police investigation.  An internal review at the church disclosed further evidence of misconduct in violation of expected moral and ethical standards, resulting in Pastor Booker’s release from the church.

The Christian Post article may be read HERE.

My brothers and sisters, this is so very sad.  The temptation to sin can affect anyone, even pastors, who live in a world of high expectations from all corners.  The Bible (see 1 Corinthians 10:12) tells us to be careful that we are not overconfident or self-righteous, so that we ourselves do not fall into sin and condemnation.

Sin never produces winners or goodness, even if it temporarily brings carnal satisfaction, and sexual sin can affect a person’s emotional stability for years.  The answer is repentance and seeking the Lord, who promises a way of escape (see 1 Corinthians 10:13).

If you will, let’s pray.  Father, we lift up to You the affected child victims, Pastor Booker’s family, and all of those from within the church and community who are hurting or angry.  We ask that the peace of Christ, which is beyond our understanding, would arise and despite this horrible situation, that the love of Christ would prevail (see Philippians 4:6-7).  We also ask that the evil one would be prevented from using this situation to damage the church and its witness to the goodness of God.  We ask that You would use even these tragic circumstances to bring goodness for those left behind and for Your glory (see Romans 8:28).  We ask these things in Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Here are the referenced scriptures:

1 Corinthians 10:12 (Amplified Bible)
“Therefore let the one who thinks he stands firm [immune to temptation, being overconfident and self-righteous], take care that he does not fall [into sin and condemnation].”

1 Corinthians 10:12 (New Life Version)
“So watch yourself!  The person who thinks he can stand against sin had better watch that he does not fall into sin.”

1 Corinthians 10:13 (ESV)
“No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man.  God is faithful, and [H]e will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation [H]e will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.”

Philippians 4:6-7 (NKJV)
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

Romans 8:28 (NKJV)
“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”

Praise Jesus forevermore!

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