From the Pastors' Desks

Fear

Well, we certainly live in interesting times. The stock market is tumbling and major sports events are canceled for the foreseeable future as the ominous clouds of the coronavirus begin to fill our horizon. It is clear that people are afraid – of the unknown, of financial loss, of death. Maybe you are afraid. It’s ok to admit it. Fear is a sad result of living in a fallen world. But it’s also a result of forgetting what is true about God.

David Powlison has a terrific definition of fear.
“Fear is a prediction of the future that doesn’t take into account the sovereignty of a good God.” (Gripping Fear (and the Corona Virus))

No one on ABC or Fox News will tell you this glorious truth – there is a Living God who is sovereign and good and who rules over your life with infinite care and oceans of love. I love what R.C. Sproul says,
“If there is one single molecule in this universe running around loose, totally free of God’s sovereignty, then we have no guarantee that a single promise of God will ever be fulfilled.” (Chosen By God: Know God's Perfect Plan for His Glory and His Children)

What a joy to know that there is not a single random molecule in God’s universe – not even COVID-19. It cannot touch you apart from the will of your Heavenly Father – who has already given His precious and only Son for you!

Nothing taking place in the world today can change your identity and security in Christ. It can’t change God’s sovereign election, or your regeneration to new life, or your justification in Christ, or your adoption into the family of God or your future inheritance in the new heavens and new earth. Coronavirus and all the financial and physical ramifications it may bring belong in the category of all those “things” which cannot separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:35ff).

So, don’t watch the news like those who have no God and no hope. Let’s honor the Lord by taking our fears to Him and leaving them there.
“When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.” (Ps 56:3)

Let the Lord speak His word of peace to you.
“Fear not, I am with thee, O be not dismayed For I am thy GOD and will still give thee aid”

We have a task force working on a plan for dealing with this pandemic with love and care for one another. But the most important impact of this virus will be the spiritual lessons we learn from it – and the way God is glorified through it.
 
— Pastor Dale

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