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Confidence and Compassion in a Time of Crisis 

Encouragement from Pastor Jim

We are living in unsettling times. We are not hearing much good news in the news these days. We are still processing the tragic collapse of Afghanistan, and now our hearts are breaking for the millions struggling for survival in Ukraine. We are told that certain scenarios could expand this conflict into “World War III”. We pray not. We have challenging economic realities at home with rising inflation. In all this we face questions about how equipped our political leaders are to navigate these crises well. It could all begin to feel overwhelming if we did not know the God who is sovereign over all! I want to direct your anxious heart back to Him. I want to remind you to cast all of your cares upon Him because He truly does care for you (1 Peter 5:7).   

Allow these passages to minister peace and courage to your soul:

Hebrews 12:28 says: “Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe.”

God remains at work moving history forward toward His preordained conclusion. Nothing is thwarting His will. Though the nations clash and shudder we belong to an unshakeable kingdom.  His Kingdom is eternal and sure, and by His grace we belong to Him.  

Psalm 46:1–2 says: “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea.”

We know this God personally! He is omnipotent, He loves us, and He is with us. I love these words: “Therefore, we will not fear though the earth gives way!” Psalm 23 speaks the same way: “I will fear no evil for you are with me.” There is every reason for great confidence because we belong to Him.  

So, every day look up with confidence and look out in love. It has never been more important to fulfill your calling as an “ambassador for Christ” (2 Corinthians 5:20). Indeed, there does not seem to be much good news in the world right now, so we must bring it to them! There is a God who loves them. There is a Savior to who died and rose again for them. There is One who can flood their hearts with peace and bring them safely home to a place where there will be no more wars or worries.  

In these days, trust in Jesus and share your hope. Share the good news this anxious world is missing. In Jesus name, help those in need! Here are two wonderful giving opportunities:

  1. Support the work of church planters across America and Canada through the “Annie Armstrong Easter Offering” for North American Missions. Our goal this year is: $35,000.
    Learn More & Give to the AAEO Offering
  2. Support vital humanitarian aid work in and around Ukraine by giving to Send Relief.
    Learn More & Give To Send Relief - Ukraine