How to live as Christians today.

Notes from Roger Knox’s sermon:
No matter what is happening in our world, and in politics, we can have confidence that nothing comes as a surprise to God. No matter what happens, God knows, God cares, God will provide.
The Lord is my shepherd, I have everything I need…

How are we to live as Christians in these times when differences – perceived and real – are tearing people apart?
How do we followers of Christ live with shouts of rhetoric hammering points of division?
How do we, who believe in God’s Word, live when fingers are pointing, angry voices are shouting, truth is elusive?

As Christians we don’t follow the call of other humans.

We follow the calling of God.
His calling is to love our neighbors.
His calling is to serve a cup of cold water in the name of Jesus.
To take hot coffee and food to those who curse us.
To share the message of the Truth of God’s redemption and love.

We are to walk with Jesus,
to know His Word,
to rest in His love.

The Lord is my shepherd.

People of the Word

At the opening of the service this morning Jeanne read all of James 4. Please read James 4 today! It’s an important reminder on how to conduct ourselves, especially when too often a common reaction these days is to be judgmental and critical.

I hope you are all doing well as you trust in God’s faithfulness and love during these seemingly dark days. These are times when we need to lean hard into God’s grace and mercy, completely dependent on Him for peace of mind.

Nothing takes God by surprise. There is not one movement, not one tumultuous event, not one angry thought or word that takes God by surprise.
Psalm 139: God knows all about me: when I sit down or get up, He knows what I’m going to say before I open my mouth. Even the darkness is not dark to God.

We can have full confidence that God knows exactly what’s happening here on earth! The one thing that each one of us can, and must do is to be in prayer for our world leaders, for our nation, and for believers to all be in sincere prayer. Pray God’s will be done! Pray that His wisdom, discernment, and calmness will be in the hearts and minds for people making decision so that true Truth will be revealed, true Justice will be exercised with common sense and decency. Pray the forces of evil will be held in check!

Pastor Roger Knox brought a message: The Importance of God’s Word. We need to be soaking in His Words, especially these days! As Roger reminds us, when Satan tried to trick and tempt Jesus, Jesus always refuted him by speaking scripture. “As it is written…” Can you rebuff Satan’s temptations by a verse that gets to the heart of the temptation?

Let’s be people of the Word in 2021.
Blessings to each of you as you shine the light of Jesus in this dark world,