Pastor's Corner

4 Oct
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Mid-Week Challenge

We have all watched in disbelief as photos and videos of the shooting in Las Vegas have enfolded on our TV screen.  At this date we know that 58 people have been killed and 527 others have been injured in the worst shooting in our nation’s history.  When things like this happen people turn to many sources for answers and comfort.  In recent years multiple outlets have reported a decline in the practice and belief in all things Christian.  But as the Washington Post reports, in times of troubles many people come back to and leaders refer us to the Bible.  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/10/02/christianity-may-be-declining-in-america-but-presidents-still-turn-to-the-bible-in-moments-of-tragedy/?utm_term=.ba3b155b65eb

In the news story it is reported that the past three presidents, in times of national tragedy, pointed the nation to the Bible.  Trump most recently quoted the Psalms. In fact, all of the presidents since Abraham Lincoln have been Christians and at one time spoke of the importance of their faith in times of struggle.  It is at these times that America comes together in support and hope.  People often look to their leaders for direction but there is something within all of us that seek to go beyond human strength when we are at our weakest.  There are stories coming out of Las Vegas about those who once claimed agnostic or atheism now either turning to or being open to Christ. 

http://www.christianheadlines.com/columnists/denison-forum/agnostic-turns-to-god-at-las-vegas-shooting.html

Due to the nature of our fallen condition most people are naturally opposed to the direction of God in the course of their daily walk.  However, in times of need, especially sudden times of fear, these same people cry out to Him.  Just like a rebellious child, stepping past the bounds of safety who quickly cries for the rescue of a parent’s arms.  As adults, it is in these times of trial that we become most mindful of our need for spiritual rescue. 

So how are we, Believers, to respond at times like these?  We are called to be aware of the affairs of our world so that we might interact and engage.  It is at times such as these that our job becomes most important and in a way easier.  People are open to the things of God, they are looking for answers.  It is at these times that we can be most effective for our Lord.  Pray that God will not let you miss the opportunity to speak His truth into the world today.  If ever there was a time to be salt and light it is now!

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4

Serving the Savior 

Bro. Jonathan

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