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Good Morning August 9

We find ourselves in difficult and uncertain economic times. With the downgrade of the U.S. credit rating many have begun to panic. We are reminded of the famous statement in President Roosevelt’s first inaugural address that the “only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” At the depth of the depression in 1933 he reminded the nation that our difficulties concerned “only material things.” But that is the problem. We have built our lives too much around material things, and thus the need for keeping those material things going. We are physical people and we do need material things. We can’t pretend that we don’t, but they must not be the center of our life or hope. Paul remarked to Timothy, “If we have our food and clothing we are content.”(I Tim.6:8) We all have, and now need, so much more than just our food and clothing, but our life and hope is built on faith in our Lord, and we are strengthened by the support of brothers and sisters in Christ. Scripture continually tells us not to fear, but to keep our eyes firmly on Jesus.

Good Morning March16

How do we know truth from error? I think the fact is that we don’t? We are in a day of great confusion with many voices speaking both in the secular, and the spiritual realm. People say, “do this,” or “follow that.” Out of panic some people are buying up iodine pills, others are stocking food and water in the basement. I am certain not against prudent precautions, but we can’t listen to every voice that cries fear. As I said yesterday, we have a Rock to stand upon, and though we don’t see Him with our eyes, He can be trusted with all of our hearts. Paul wrote, “If we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.”(Romans 14:8) We don’t know all that is ahead, but we continue in reading our Lord’s Word, and in prayer, and above all rest in our complete trust in Him.