Wednesday - April 3, 2024


“My people are fools; they do not know me. They are senseless children; they have no understanding. They are skilled in doing evil; they know not how to do good.” – Jeremiah 4:22

In March 2024, a pastor in Southern California was arrested in connection with an alleged murder-for-hire plot.

The male adult victim stated he was driving when another vehicle pulled up alongside him. Gunfire came from this other vehicle, and he was struck several times.  

The victim was able to drive himself to the hospital, where he was treated for injuries, authorities said.  

Detectives from the Riverside Police Department’s robbery-homicide and crime analysis units conducted the follow-up investigation and learned that the suspects who fired on the victim were hired by 47-year-old Victorville resident Samuel Pasillias, the pastor at a local Spanish-speaking church and the father of the woman the victim had been dating.

During their investigation, detectives uncovered evidence the father met with the men he hired and provided them information about the victim, including his location, the evening of the shooting.

Pasillias was arrested, where he faces charges of solicitation of and conspiracy to commit murder, attempted murder, and assault with a deadly weapon. The pastor is being held on $1 million bail.  

Our sin nature makes us inclined to become skilled in doing evil. Today, in prayer, give thanks to Jesus that He has overcome the world and our sin nature.  Pray for those who are practicing evil that their eyes and heart might be opened to Jesus Christ.

"Punishment for evil will be administered, and the final dimension of eternal life will be granted to all who have responded to God's loving offer." - Millard J. Erickson

God’s Word: “The LORD saw how great man's wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time.” – Genesis 6:5