PASTOR GLEN'S BLOG
August 21, 2019
Shortly after our family moved to Kansas, we decided to drive to the nearby town of Lyons to get dinner. We did not realize that the recently fallen snow had a significant amount of ice underneath. As we were just leaving town, we hit ice, and the car did at least two (maybe three) 360s (I lost count) and we landed in the ditch of the oncoming traffic – headed back to our town. During the spinning, Liz and Ben, who were in the backseat were absolutely quiet. But when we finally landed, they let out a blood-curdling scream!! Thankfully, no one else was on the road. A man we did not know at the time stopped and got out his chain and within a few minutes we were back in the car headed home! I am SO glad that kind man came along!!
We read in Isaiah 41 how GOD “took [the Israelites] from the ends of the earth, from its farthest corners,” (Verse 9) and then He says, “I have chosen you and not cast you off.” The LORD has declared that the Israelites are HIS servants. He will watch over them and see that they are not abused. He has also chosen them and set them apart from all the peoples of the earth. He never rejected or abandoned them – even though they had drifted away from him.
The LORD then goes on in one of the most beautiful expressions of tenderness and declares: “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God.” In this section of Isaiah, the LORD says, “Fear not!” to his people – SEVEN times.
What are your fears today? Perhaps you’re afraid of how you’re going to make ends meet; perhaps you are fearful of job security; perhaps you are afraid of medical test results, or the safety and future of your children and grandchildren; or, more globally, of potential terrorist attacks, or violence invading our schools and churches . . . and the list goes on and on.
Verse 10 goes on: “Do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand!” Over and over again throughout the Bible we are encouraged not to be afraid. The Apostle Paul wrote to his young friend Timothy in 2 Timothy 1:7: “God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”
However, we are often afraid. We are afraid of making poor choices. We are afraid of the consequences of our behavior. We are afraid of saying the wrong thing to a friend in distress or to a son or daughter in the midst of making a decision. We live in fear. And, fear is the opposite of faith. So often we think doubt is the opposite of faith; but it is ultimately fear.
If you are facing a situation today that tempts you to believe: There’s no solution,
I'm finished. The burden is too heavy, the problem is too complex. If you feel alone and believe no one can really understand or come along side of you to help . . . know that is exactly where the gospel begins!
God does not desire for us to live in fear. As the Israelites faced the long journey home after their captivity in Babylon, as well as the long road of rebuilding, they had many reasons to fear; but there was one BIG reason not to be afraid, the Lord promised to be with them and give them success. May we have confidence in God whatever we come across on our journeys!
Kate Collins Middle School
We are collecting food again for the students at KCMS. There will be a box each Sunday for you to bring items…
THIS SUNDAY - Join us for worship at 9:30am in our new location at Kate Collins Middle School! Pastor Glen’s message will be, “Trusting God on the Scenic Road,” based upon Exodus 13: 17-22. Please read the text prior to the service. Nursery care and elementary classes are provided during the 9:30am worship service. Follow the signs!
Adult Sunday School class - You are invited to come join our adult Bible study class immediately following worship. We are studying the book of Nehemiah using the book “Nehemiah,” by Dr. Stephen Davey, to help us explore this beautiful story of God providing leadership for His people, especially in rebuilding the wall around Jerusalem, and calling them back into relationship with Him. Come join us, we have extra books available.
Hospitality Committee - We need you! We will have a table specifically designed to greet visitors and talk about how to get connected to the Hope Community Church family! We will have information on Salt Shakers, small groups, men's Bible study, upcoming events etc. We are organizing a nice gift as well to be given to first time guests. We are also looking for individuals to not only "man" the table, but who also will be willing to assist with cookie and coffee set-up. The more smiling faces we have, the smaller the commitment will be. Please see Sarah Todd Severs or Cindy Roberts for additional information. A sign-up sheet will be on the hospitality table this coming Sunday! If you would like to help organize future events such as picnics, women's gatherings (a fall tea is being planned), church outings, special events, harvest parties, holiday gatherings, children's activities, see Cindy Roberts, Kelly King or Susie Patterson! Let's GO and make disciples of Jesus Christ!
New Prayer Group - The new small group focused on prayers for Hope Community Church and on individual needs as they are brought to us, utilizing the gifts of the Holy Spirit, meets on Tuesday evening at 7 PM. Any questions should be directed to Pat Patterson.
Saturate Augusta - Please pray for the people in Augusta County who will hear the gospel and for those who will go out to share! On September 7, we will participate in this mission to our community. Please see the info table at church to sign up to be part of a Saturate Augusta team. You can find info at: saturatetheworld.com.
Bless Every Home - As we prepare for Saturate Augusta, we invite you all to visit blesseveryhome.com and sign up to pray for those we will be reaching with the gospel!
Church Picnic - Invite family and friends to join us for our Fall picnic at Cindy & Larry Roberts’ house on Sunday, August 25, just after our worship service. We’ll have yard games for children, music and good fellowship! The church will provide chicken and homemade ham rolls. Please sign up on the church info table (or email email@example.com), to bring a side dish, salad or dessert. Please bring lawn chairs as well.