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COURAGE IN TROUBLESOME TIMES

This year has been a different from the previous three years in that the weather has turned “angrier” with the storms, to a shift in the weather that produces more rain and colder conditions. There is an old saying about weather – stick around a few minutes and it will change. This has been the standard since the last part of last year and carrying on in January this year.

            When we have been used to milder temperatures and weather, the storms have “rattled” some and cause others to wonder what is going on. Is “climate change” really a thing? The simple answer is, YES IT IS. The weather has been changing since God created the heavens and earth – we read of droughts that caused starvation and death; we see in Genesis 6 the flood that destroyed the earth once, and the struggles of mankind with these events.

            Solomon, In Ecclesiastes 3, emphasizes the idea that things will change, and will constantly change. In Ecclesiastes 1:9-11 we read, “That which has been is what will be, that which is done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun. Is there anything of which it may be said, “See, this is new?” It has already been in ancient times before us. There is no remembrance of former things, nor will there be any remembrance of things that are to come by those who will come after.”  These are somewhat discouraging words, yet true. “The more things change the more they stay the same.”

            As I write these words I think about life and how fragile it is. I think about how people think they have cornered the market on something new. I think about how younger people are ready to take on the world, and, as they grow older, they now know why mom and dad, grandad and grandma acted as they did, and provided for the future the best they knew how.

            God has emphasized to all of us that He is coming again and will judge the world by His Son Jesus. Read 2 Peter 3:1-13 now. Stop and see the warning of the Lord’s coming.

            Let me encourage you to take this bulletin home and look up the following passages from your own Bible, reminding yourself of the fact that God is still in control of heaven and earth. For even greater learning, write these verses out on paper (with the context) and see the theme that they present. Memorize them if you can. 

Let’s be encouraged – read the contexts of the Scriptures AND KNOW WHO IS IN CHARGE! 

Numbers 13:20; Matthew 17:7;

Proverbs 12:25 Deuteronomy 31:6; 

Mark 16:6      

Isaiah 35:3

Joshua 1:6; 

Luke 24:38    

Revelation 1:17-18

Joshua 10:25;            

Acts 23:11

Joshua 14:12             

Acts 27:22                 

Joshua 23:6; 

Matthew 9:1-2 10:30-31

2 Samuel 10:12;  Genesis 15:1                               

1 Chronicles 19:13; 2 Kings 6:16              

1 Chronicles 22:13; 28:20;             

Isaiah 41:10-13         

Matthew 9:2; 

Isaiah 43:1-3

Matthew 14:2

  Tommy

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