Good Morning August 20

We are hearing a great deal today about refugees having to flee their homes because of war. The U.N. came out with an incredible statistic recently that world wide there are more than 50 million displaced people. We’ve also had a few house fires in our area, and read of many more in our western states. We are comfortable and secure in our homes and communities, but these things must make us think about what really is of value. Life is uncertain. We try to protect ourselves in many ways, but life in this fallen world gives no guarantees. As long as we are in this world our task is to help one another as much as possible, and to pray earnestly for God’s mercy, and grace. What is our ultimate security and strength? The Apostle Paul faced many trials throughout his life and was finally martyred for his faith, but he could write to the Philippian church, “I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ,…”(3:8) And further he declares, “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.”(4:13) We cannot take lightly any of this world’s tragedies, but we must have a solid foundation in Christ which give us hope and strength in all times.