Community in Action July 28, 2020

Day two back from vacation. I am back in the office. It is great to be back. I have been catching up on things. I talked with one of our Property Elders about the physical aspects of the campus. I talked with Mary about the office concerns, bills and such. I talked with Nancy about keeping the youth group going after Bailey leaves and how to start planning for a new Youth Director when Bruce leaves. Tonight I will be touching bases with the Worship Committee about our Outdoor Worship service. Later this week I will work on the final portion of our summer series on Philippians.

    It is good to be back in the thick of things. I am excited about the new things I am learning in regards to racism, ignorance is not bliss. I am trying to listen more to those oppressed by it. I have also been reading a series of books on the culture and times found in first century Israel, I’m on book number six. I am taking a new 30-week class on the prophets in the Hebrew Scriptures from a Christan perspective, which I hope to share with you later this next year. Finally I am also taking time to listen to those who are suffering with concerns about this virus. It is not going away real soon, but there are advances being made in detection, treatment, and trials for vaccinations.

    Out of this maelstrom of activity there are times of concern and anxiety. If I were to gather all this in I would be completely overwhelmed, but I know I just need to take one step at a time. I also take solace in that Psalm 46:1-3 says, “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.”

    The Psalmist ends with verse 10, “He says (Our God of course), “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.””

    God is above all, over all, and through all. We are a blessed people to be able to know that this world will always have some trouble, but we have a God who is steadfast and committed to us. 

    When Jesus was in the upper room (or as Terry Dwyer this last week told us is now the ‘lower room”) with his disciples he tells them life will not be smooth, life will not be easy, but LIFE does not have the last word. Jesus goes on to say in John 16:33, ““I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

    We can take comfort and confidence that we are watched over and cared for by the Great Good Shepherd. Do not lose heart we are his own and he will not forsake us.

    This evening be reminded God is always with us and he is in charge,

    Pastor Randy

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