Beverly D. Thomas, Pastor

2253 East 71st Street • Chicago, Illinois 60649 • 773.324.6899





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Pastor's Corner
"Looking Back"

Greetings in the name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. We are in the midst of our 11th year anniversary which we celebrated on Easter Sunday. Today, I want to talk about “looking back.” Sometimes it’s good to look back and see just how far God has brought you. A Passion For Christ Ministries – we have come a long way.

We started out in our apartment. I remember that first service. Slowly God began to fill the house. It was very challenging. While we had church in the apartment, I went off to Bible College in Ohio, often flying home each weekend for the services.

Like many ministries, people have come and people have gone. God has made many leaps with the ministry. After years of planning and praying, we are now airing on the television! The name of our weekly television broadcast is “The Light Still Shines.” We air the first 3 Saturdays of the month on WJYS-62 at 5:00 a.m. The station we selected, WJYS, will reach 4 million households daily.  They broadcast from the top of Sears Tower.  WJYS’ coverage is second to no other broadcast station. “The Light Still Shines” broadcast will reach as north as the Wisconsin border, south to Kankakee, and west to Aurora. Also, WJYS' coverage reaches into Gary, Hammond, and all of northwest Indiana. 

We have experienced many rough days but in spite of it all, we have grown so much in so many ways. During this entire time God held onto us and we held onto Him. The past that we endured has made us ready for the future. We have experienced sorrow, hurt, sickness, and abandonment. We have had the need to grieve those who have left us but we rejoice in those who have come to join us.

But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD. But with thee will I establish my covenant; and thou shalt come into the ark, thou, and thy sons, and thy wife, and thy sons' wives with thee. (Genesis 6:8,18). And they that went in, went in male and female of all flesh, as God had commanded him: and the LORD shut him in. (Genesis 7:16).

Noah’s life was hard. His message was not popular but it saved his family. Noah’s dedication, consecration and total obedience kept him going. The preparation was difficult and often the Lord, I imagine, had to keep confirming His word that it was going to rain. People mocked him and watched him year after year building that “big thing.” He endured much during his journey but it all paid off.

But then the rain came … just like God said. Noah, looking back, was glad that he had been all that God wanted him to be. He had fulfilled God’s divine will. What seemed like an eternity when Noah was building the Ark now seemed so microscopic. As the lighting flashed and the rain violently beat upon the ark prepared by God, Noah rejoiced in the fact that “he made it.” No doubt, he heard the screams and whalings of the people left behind … left behind to face their decision. So many, beating on that door, screaming and clawing at the door now wanted to get into the Ark. They too would look back … look back in regret.

Noah knew that if God said something, no matter how he felt, no matter how it looked, it would happen. Who knows how many times after the Ark rested on dry land did Noah look back on those horrible, horrible days when people didn’t appreciate him … those days when the battles of the mind were ferocious, did he even wonder if it was all worth it. He got out and knew then that it was all worth it.

The flood is coming in our day! There’s just one flight out and you must be able to say, “I got out! I got out!”

God Bless You




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2253 East 71st Street • Chicago, Illinois 60649 • 773.324.6899
Beverly D. Thomas, Pastor