1-LRC 70 years celebration
1-LRC 70 years celebration

Nearer Than
When We First Believed

Dr. R. Clifford Jones, President.
Lake Region Conference.
Peace on Earth; Goodwill to All
Military tension in the Middle East.   Political turmoil in West Africa.   Social upheaval across the United States of America.   Economic uncertainty around the world.    
As we approach the end of 2014, our world is caught in the clutches of conflicts and controversies, tension and turmoil.    Beyond a doubt, humankind is not experiencing peace.   We are not at peace with nature, with each other, or with God.   Restlessness and anxiety permeate the air.   Wars and social and political tensions are rampant around the world, and in this country the issue of race remains stubbornly irrepressible and unsolvable.   What are we to do?
Enter Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace.    In prophesying about the birth of Jesus Christ, the prophet Isaiah wrote, “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, the mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace” (Isa. 9: 6).   Apart from Christ, peace is illusive.   Without Christ, humanity can never experience the “peace that passes understanding” (Phil. 4:7).   Christ is synonymous with peace; He is the incarnation of peace.   To know Jesus Christ, is to know peace.
Among the first words Jesus uttered to His fearful disciples on encountering them after His resurrection were, “Peace be with you” (John 20:19).   Jesus, who had once stilled a violent, raging tempest with the words, “Peace, be still” (literally, “Shut up;” Mark 4:39), spoke calm to the raging fear in the hearts of His disciples. 
Jesus is the Prince of peace who declared, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you.   I do not give to you as the world gives.   Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid” (John 14:27).   This benediction of Jesus mirrors that of God, the Father, in the Old Testament.   “The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace” (Num. 6:24-26).
Ours is a world in desperate need of peace.   And the peace that our world stands in need of is the peace that transcends all understanding.   As His followers, Jesus wants us to be agents and instruments of peace.   He wants us to work for peace.   In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus says that His followers should not trade an eye for an eye, nor love their neighbor while hating their enemy.   Rather, Christians should pray for those who persecute them (Matt. 3:38-48). 
May the Prince of Peace reign in your hearts this Holiday Season and throughout the years to come.   Have a safe and Happy Holiday Season.
R. Clifford Jones



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Workers' Reports Due - Dec 19, Fri
Christmas Break - LRC Schools - Dec 23, Tue
Office Closed - Dec 24, Wed
Christmas Day - Dec 25, Thu
LRC Women's Ministries Statistical Reports Due - Dec 31, Wed
New Year's Day - Jan 1, Thu - Office closed.
LRC Schools Resume - Jan 5, Mon
4th Quarter 2014 Clerks' Reports Due - Jan 7, Wed
LUC President's Retreat - Jan 9, Fri
Remittance Reports Due - Jan 10, Sat
Workers' Reports Due - Jan 19, Mon
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Regional Conference Officers' Meeting - Jan 26, Mon
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