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I was meeting with a group of my peers this week when one of them mentioned that Springfield, MO was the 8th worst city to live in American. I was in shock. I went into research mode and sure enough – I found it – published June 10, 2018 – 247wallst.com listed the 50 worst cities to live in and we made the top 10 of a list one doesn’t want to be on. One has to scroll down to the 10th page, but there it is, Springfield, Missouri. The article states that “crime detracts considerably from overall quality of life in Springfield.”

Jeremiah 29:7, “Pursue the well-being of the city I have deported you to. Pray to the Lord on its behalf, for when it thrives, you will thrive.” The Israelites were being exiled out of the Promised Land because they had broken their covenant with God, but He was still with them. They were to have a positive influence wherever they would go. The church – Christian – people of God are to have a positive impact on the places we live.

But what can we do for our city? How are we to be the positive element in our society? We start with praying for our city. Praying for the men and women who are the first responders. Pray for our city leaders that they have wisdom in guiding our city. We pray for our city to thrive! I have met our Chief of Police and our Mayor, and they both seem to be Godly men in pursuit of righteousness. Proverbs 29:2, “When the righteous flourish, the people rejoice, but when the wicked rule, people groan.” I pray that our groans will soon turn to rejoicing as we seek to live in His righteousness.

Pursuing Him,

Pastor Doug i