“The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” Psalm 18:3 NIV

A story is told of a shipwrecked sailor who clung to a rock in great danger until the tide went down. Later a friend asked him, “Didn’t you shake with fear when you were hanging on the rock?”

The sailor simply replied, “Yes, but the rock didn’t.”

Don’t you love that response? It’s so authentic. He didn’t deny his fear. It’s what he did in the midst of his fear that is so powerful. He clung to what was stronger than the storm and his fear. We all have that choice before us today.

Life and its uncertainties may shake us, but God—Who is the Rock of Ages—does not move. If we cling to Him, His strength sustains us.

Around the world a pandemic is shipwrecking nations, economies and lives. In a moment everything has changed… except God.

Since God never changes (James 1:17), God’s character is constant. Unlike us, He does not compromise or change His values. He cannot be manipulated or persuaded to go against His word. His promises are the same. His power, faithfulness and mercy are the same. His sovereignty never wavers and His love for us is steadfast. He is with us and He will help us get through the storm.

Hold on tight to the Rock that does not shake. He will get you through the storm.

Your View of God really matters...

What/Who are you holding on to in the midst of the pandemic storm? The enemy of your soul wants you to grab onto your retirement funds, your pay check, your health, your family. It’s not that those things are bad, but the destroyer of your joy and peace often uses the Good to rob you of the Best, the true Rock. Be wise dear friends. Hold on to the Rock, be His light in the darkness and we will see Him work in ways we never imagined.

Read God’s Word Today…

Psalm 62:5-8 “Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in Him. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress where I will not be shaken. My victory and honor come from God alone. He is my refuge, a rock where no enemy can reach me. O my people, trust in Him at all times. Pour out your heart to Him for God is our refuge.”

GOD, because You never change I will hold on tight to You in the midst of the storm.

Based on GOD, Who Are You Anyway? by Bill Bright, with Brad Bright

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NOTE: In light of the coronavirus pandemic, which is causing world-wide fear and sometimes panic, we post this encouraging story. God’s people can and should be filled with peace and courage. This is an opportunity for us to shine His light. Shine brightly brothers and sisters!

“He does not fear bad news, nor live in dread of what may happen. For he is settled in his mind that Jehovah will take care of him.” Psalm 112:7

Sarah was a hypochondriac, a bundle of nerves, plagued by all kinds of fears—fears that she would become ill, that she would have an accident, that something would happen to her husband or children or that they would experience financial reverses. Her every conversation was negative. And of course, her attitude alienated her from others, and the more isolated she found herself, the more fearful she became.

Completely absorbed with her own problems, she was seriously contemplating suicide when a Christian couple moved in next door to her. They began to demonstrate the love of God and share the good news of His forgiveness in Jesus Christ. Few people had taken an interest in Sarah, but this godly, Christian couple, especially Mary, the wife, embraced her with understanding, compassion and a loving heart.

Together they studied the Bible and after a brief time, Sarah received Christ and began to grow as a Christian. She began to memorize Scripture and delighted in hiding large quantities of the Word in her heart. Now her mind and her conversations were saturated with the things of God—His attributes, His holiness, His love—and His promises became a joyful reality to her.

A year had passed when one day she remarked to me with great enthusiasm, “I have been liberated. Christ has set me free. I seldom think of my own problems anymore, but find my mind absorbed with God and His truth, and how I might reach out in love and compassion to others as Mary reached out to me in my desperate need.”

Sarah was no longer afraid. The fears that had plagued her were gone, because she knew God would take care of her and her family. No matter what happened, she knew she could trust a loving, gracious, holy, righteous God, who had become her very real heavenly Father. Jesus Christ had become more real to her than her own flesh and blood.

Your view of God really matters…

You may not be a hypochondriac like Sarah, but chances are you are worried and fearful about something today. The enemy would love for you to focus on your fear. Fear paralyzes you and infects those around you. FOCUS your thoughts on the character of God and put your trust, moment by moment, in Him.

Do you know someone who is consumed with fear and worry? Ask God to arrange an opportunity for you to share Christ with them and show them how to focus on GOD rather than their fear.

Read God’s Word Today…

Philippians 4:6-7 NLT “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and ,minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”

GOD, because You are Who You say You are, I will not live in fear.

Based on the writings of Bill Bright

©2020 Bright Media Foundation

“I trust in God's unfailing love forever and ever.” Psalm 52:8

Her obituary went viral. Written by two of her children, the raw honesty of it caught many by surprise.

Kathleen Dehmlow married Dennis Dehmlow in 1957 and had two children, Gina and Jay. Gina and Jay wrote this about their mother:

  • In 1962 she became pregnant by her husband’s brother Lyle Dehmlow and moved to California.

  • She abandoned her children, Gina and Jay who were then raised by her parents…

  • She passed away on May 31, 2018 in Springfield and will now face judgement. She will not be missed by Gina and Jay, and they understand that this world is a better place without her.

Such hurt. Such anger. Such bitterness. Betrayed love can do deep and long lasting damage.

God, too, understands betrayal. However, because His love is beyond our comprehension, His response to our betrayal is as well.

Adam and Eve were the first to betray the Creator. But even before they said, “no” to His love in the Garden of Eden, God already had a plan to forgive them (and all who would come after them if they choose to accept it). There was never a moment when God did not purpose in His love to make the ultimate sacrifice for us. He planned to leave heaven's glory, beauty, and peace and take on the body of a man. You and I, who are not even worthy to call His name, are so loved that we were always on His mind! When we receive Jesus as our Savior and Lord, God envelops and infuses us with His everlasting love. John recognized this and exclaimed in 1 John 3:1, "See how very much our Father loves us, for He calls us His children, and that is what we are!" This love will never abandon or betray us.

Your View of God Really Matters…

Has someone betrayed you? Abandoned you? If you don’t want to end up like Gina and Jay (angry and bitter) ask God to help you forgive and to fill your heart to overflowing with His love.

Do you know someone who needs to see God's love? Look for ways to demonstrate God's unselfish love to that person.

Read God’s Word Today…

Ephesians 3:17-18 NLT “I pray that from His glorious, unlimited resources He will empower you with inner strength through His Spirit. Then Christ will make His home in your hearts as you trust in Him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high and how deep His love is.”

GOD, because You are love I know I am always loved by You.

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