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

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“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.

©2020 Bright Media Foundation

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“He has rescued us from the one who rules in the kingdom of darkness, and He has brought us into the Kingdom of His dear Son.” Colossians 1:13

Jesse Blocker had his first taste of alcohol at the age of eight. By age fourteen, he was an alcoholic. By age thirty-six, he was a hopeless drunk living on the streets. But God had another plan for Jesse's life. One night after getting drunk, he passed out on the railroad tracks. Several days later he awoke in the hospital with both legs missing and one arm mangled courtesy of a passing freight train. After his release from the hospital, Jesse went back to drinking. The believers at Pine Castle United Methodist Church heard about Jesse's tragic accident and began to pray for this desperate man. Delores Kagi and a friend tried to reach out to him but Jesse continued to drink. One day, Jesse and a friend were drinking on the pier at Lake Conway. Jesse tried to commit suicide by rolling himself off the pier. As he was sinking to the bottom, he cried out to God and said, "Dear Lord God, in the name of Jesus..." Miraculously, Jesse did not die that day. That Wednesday night he rolled into the sanctuary and up to the altar. The believers gathered around him as he wept his way to repentance and forgiveness. Jesse's life was forever changed. Many years have passed since then. Today, Jesse reaches out to the homeless, the alcoholic, and the addict with the good news of Jesus Christ. Just as the living Christ dramatically transformed Jesse's life, you, too, can find the power to change. Like Jesse, your life can reflect God's glory to your world.

Your View of God Really Matters…

Is there something in your life that has you in a virtual stranglehold? Cry out to God as Jesse did, and find other believers who will encourage you. Then let God continue to transform you by His power, and use you for His glory!

Read God’s Word Daily…

Romans 12:1-2 NLT “And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all He has done fopr you. Let them be a living, and holy sacrifice—the kind He will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship Him. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you intop a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, whih is good and pleasing and perfect.”

GOD, because You are all-powerful I know You can help me with anything.

Based on the writings of Bill Bright

©2020 Bright Media Foundation

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