A Time to Be Fearless

From the Pastor's Desk
"A Time to Be Fearless"
In today's climate of world affairs, it is hard not to be fearful or anxious about something, and sadly for some it's everything. After the recent shootings in Texas, one has to question, "Am I even safe at church?"
It is exactly at time like this that we need to heed Paul's words, "Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplications with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.
[7] And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will keep your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." - Philippians 4:6-7
Paul did not write these words in the best of times, but what we would assume would be the worst of times. Battered and chained in prison, Paul's words are poignant because he does not deny that bad things will happen, he does not try to minimize them, and does not try to explain them away as "God's will, God's judgement, or God's testing our spiritual fiber." He simply states that despite bad times, even in the midst of them, we need to be in constant touch with the only one who can transcend, "the worst of times," God!
We as people, in today's society, need to refocus our thoughts on positive things and refocus our lives on doing positive things. If we are to find peace within ourselves and for the world. "[8]....whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worth of praise, think about these things. [9] What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, do, and the God of peace will be with you." - Phillipians 4:8-9
Take a moment out of your day to pray and tell God your concerns, and remember to thank Him for all your blessings...and don't be afraid to go to church!

Your servant in Christ, 
Pastor Jon

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