through His Word
Disorder and violence seem predominant in the news today, and we can be tempted to fear what will happen next. I heard the following message online recently, and it encouraged me greatly. Below are some of the notes I took. May they bless you in these uncertain days.
How To Respond in Times of Fear and Disorder
by Johnnie Moore (speaking at Shadow Mountain Community Church in El Cajon, California)
Our fear must be kept subservient to our faith.
Fear causes us to only see the problem, and it blinds us to an opportunity for God.
We fear so much because our faith is so little.
Christians aren’t people of fear.
When things look bad, don’t ask “Why?” Remember “Who”—Who is in charge.
Look for God in the chaos.
Trust that He has everything under control.
Don’t ever count anyone out.
The church, by its evangelistic efforts, should be making fewer people that our police and military have to protect us from.
As the church, we have to believe that those we may want to hate the most, can be saved.
God can still change the hearts of those who are causing disorder in the world.
Saul (Paul) was a terrorist of sorts to the early church.
But he became a church planter who helped to change the world.
We have to believe that God can still change the bad guys.
God still changes Sauls to Pauls.
See the challenges of life as opportunities for God to change people.
These are the days when history is made.
We can’t count ourselves out of the mix.
It’s never too late for God to use us.
Jesus didn’t write Peter off after he denied Him.
Peter became the preacher of Christ at Pentecost.
We can’t solve the world’s problems, but we can serve it with the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Here’s the link if you want to hear the whole message. Click the July 10th, 2016 message.
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