St. Paul's Evangelical
Free Lutheran Church
21513 Leitersburg-Smithsburg Road
Hagerstown, MD 21742
Evangelical - Confessional - Faithful
The Pastor's Thoughts
Any time the going seems easy you should check to seee if you're not going down hill.
"In this world you will have tribulation. But rejoice, for I have overcome the world."
I've had a lot of things on my mind lately. There has been a lot of illness around in our congregation and among others I know. A few people have died recently. Then there's work at the church to be concerned about. It's been stressful.
Let's face it, life is stressful most of the time and it is really stressful sometimes. We feel tired out by it all, worried and uncertain. This also comes out in our relationships with other people when we can be a little snippy with folks or not alert to what is going on around us. To quote Frank Sinatra, "that's life, that's what all the people say".
But those of us who know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior have a resource that many in the world don't have - it's called faith - faith that the promises of God apply to us and that no matter what we might be going through now, it cannot interfere with what God has prepared for His people.
The Bible is full of promises for God's people. And it is also full of examples of where God has kept promises in the past. We can count on those promises because God does not change. He does not alter what He means to do. He does not renege on what He has said He will do. I know I say it all the time, but it needs saying all the time, especially in difficult times - "All things work together for good for those who love God and are called according to His purpose."
One of the wonderful things about being a Christian is that we are all in this life together. What happens to one of us, affects all of us. What harms one of us, causes pain in all of us. What good happens to one of us is a cause for joy amongst all of us. There ought to be no relationships in our lives more important that those with our brothers and sisters in Christ. We count God's promises, and He gives us each other.
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