Pastor Jeff’s Corner for April: GOT FAITH?

Hebrews 11: 1 Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. 2 This is what the ancients were commended for. 3 By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.

If ever a time came for you and I to have faith, it is today. A virus has come out of nowhere to temper our hope of what 2020 might look like. It is a health foe that knows no age, race, or gender boundaries. It does not care if you are a Democrat or Republican. It does not care if you are rich, poor or anywhere in between. It does not care about your social status or position in life.

BUT, along with this illness has come an opportunity for the world to see how we as Christians will handle this challenge. Will we share with others, who we have placed our hope in? Will we acknowledge the true source of good in the universe in the person of Jesus Christ? God is at work through the doctors, nurses and healthcare systems. His Spirit is alive in the encouragers and do-gooders still at work in our social-distancing environment. All of these folks may not be visible to us, but as people of faith, we believe God is at work.

Isaiah 41 reminds us; 10 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

God’s right hand is holding us up? I’m good with that. The God of all creation is with us? He is strong and will cover my weakness. What do we do? Listen to our healthcare professionals in how to practice good health habits. Listen to our leaders as we navigate these waters. And listen from the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob as He calms the rough seas.

Mark 4: 38Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” 39 He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. 40 He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” 41They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”

There is no storm that Jesus cannot calm. Let your light shine so that others might come to know who you have placed your faith in. Spread the news and keep the faith: Jesus saves.
God Bless You.

He loves you and so do I.
Pastor Jeff

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