Walking Confidently in the Middle of Trials

Good Sunday Morning, once again! To listen to the message Pastor Steve has prepared for today, please click play on the audio player below. I’ve included links to the Scriptures he references in his message, as well as a poem he shares.

Call to Worship - Psalm 96
Sing to the Lord a new song;
    sing to the Lord, all the earth.
Sing to the Lord, praise his name;
    proclaim his salvation day after day.
Declare his glory among the nations,
    his marvelous deeds among all peoples.
For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise;
    he is to be feared above all gods.
For all the gods of the nations are idols,
    but the Lord made the heavens.
Splendor and majesty are before him;
    strength and glory are in his sanctuary.
Ascribe to the Lord, all you families of nations,
    ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;
    bring an offering and come into his courts.
Worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness;
    tremble before him, all the earth.
10 Say among the nations, “The Lord reigns.”
    The world is firmly established, it cannot be moved;
    he will judge the peoples with equity.
11 Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad;
    let the sea resound, and all that is in it.
12 Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them;
    let all the trees of the forest sing for joy.
13 Let all creation rejoice before the Lord, for he comes,
    he comes to judge the earth.
He will judge the world in righteousness
    and the peoples in his faithfulness.

Scripture References
1 Peter 1:1-9
Job 7:17-19
1 Peter 1:14-15
1 Peter 2:1-3
Joshua 1:9
1 Kings 17:13
Hebrews 3:14
Job 4:8
Galatians 6:7
Romans 2:6
John 10:28
John 14:27
Philippians 4:19

My Cup Runneth Over

by Margaret E. Barber

There is always something over, 
When we trust our gracious Lord; 
Every cup He fills o’erfloweth, 
His great rivers all are broad. 
Nothing narrow, nothing stinted, 
Ever issues from His store; 
To His own He gives full measure, 
Running over, evermore.
There is always something over, 
When we, from the Father’s hand, 
Take our portion with thanksgiving, 
Praising for the path He planned. 
Satisfaction, full and deepening, 
Fills the soul, and lights the eye, 
When the heart has trust in Jesus 
All its need to satisfy.
There is always something over, 
When we tell of all His love; 
Unplumbed depths still lie beneath us, 
Unscaled heights rise far above; 
Human lips can never utter 
All His wondrous tenderness, 
We can only praise and wonder, 
And His name forever bless.

Praying you have a blessed Sabbath day and a blessed week! Hoping to see everyone in fellowship again soon.


A message from Pastor Steve:

As we endeavor to meet the challenges of these days in America, it becomes increasingly clear that our peace and confidence are found only in one place: Jesus Christ. Our success in overcoming the trials and adversity is not dependent on the ways of the world around us, but comes by focusing on our faith, our belief, and our trust in the Son who was willing to suffer more than we ever will.

Why would He ever choose to give up so much honor and glory for those that still reject His free gift of salvation? It’s because of love. A love that is so deep, strong, and powerful that, once we have it, there isn’t anything on earth or in the universe that can take it away from us (Romans 8:35-39).

As we accept the challenges of these times, it becomes especially critical to properly dress yourself each day for the spiritual battles ahead. If you put on the “belt of truth” you won’t be persuaded by the lies of this world around us. Your “shield of faith” becomes your defense against the fiery darts of Satan, which he uses to cause doubt and disobedience in your affairs. And it is your “helmet of salvation” that will remind you, in this season, that by God’s grace, through faith in the atoning sacrifice and resurrection of Jesus Christ, we have nothing to fear (Ephesians 6:10-18).

Perhaps we should not be asking “why” is this happening, but “what” is it that God wants me to learn from this. “What” is in it that will cause me to grow closer to Jesus through this time?

By God’s grace and the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit, we can be confident and secure when we employ the Spiritual Armor of God.

be still