June 30, 2020

What I Read Today

Philippians 4; Luke 17; Ezekiel 47; Song of Songs 7-8; 1 Kings 23

In Philippians 4:4-9, Paul wrote these words while sitting in prison:

“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.” NIV

It’s been a crazy 6 months.  We’ve lived through more history in 6 months than some generations will live through in a lifetime.

Let’s recap:

  • The Russia probe found no wrongdoing by the President
  • The President was impeached, in spite of the fact that the democrats new there was no way the Senate would convict.
  • The President was acquitted by the Senate, (That’s me yawning).
  • A thing called COVID-19 hit
  • China and Europe were shut down
  • The US Economy was slowly locked down by the government
  • Churches stood empty around the nation during a quarantine
  • Rioting began in several major cities over George Floyd’s death
  • Mayors and Governors seemed totally inept at handling the rioting and looting
  • Arguments over race ensued on every major news channel. None of the major news channels seemed interested in finding solutions to the problem of race, no, they like the status quo, it keeps ratings higher.
  • The police cleared the area in front of St Georges church so that the President could have the dumbest photo op in the history of photo ops
  • Unemployment hit 20%.
  • States failed to get unemployment relief to the small business owners who needed it, in spite of congress providing money for it.  In Illinois it’s June and many still haven’t received relief promised in April
  • The North Koreans blew up a South Korean Building that was located near the DMZ inside of North Korea
  • The China Trade Deal seams to have fallen apart
  • CHAZ took over the Capital Heights area of Seattle and the Mayor of Seattle called it a block party.  After two murders she decided she might have to take the area back.  Good luck with that.
  • COVID-19 Numbers in the US begin surging as more testing is done and more states loosen restrictions.

Quite a six months.  I’m sure I missed a few things.

The problem is that many people who have been quarantine have spent all there time listening to the news and playing on social media.  After 6 months in lockdown, we have angry people coming out. Their minds have been poisoned by what’s happened this year.

What we put into our minds will come out of our hearts.  God is still in control, no matter how crazy things look outside.  Shut down the noise of the world and focus on what is happening in God’s eyes. 

Our God remains in control.  We may not understand what is happening today.  We may not see the bigger picture.  But God’s plan for our lives remains intact.  Our salvation remains secure.  We can trust that God will help us through these daily struggles.  Focus on God’s goodness.  Focus on his grace and mercy.  Focus on our mission as a church to reach out and seek and save the lost souls around us.

Focus on words like these:

“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.” NIV

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