Wow! I cannot believe I’m actually doing this. I’m one of least computer savy people I know, and I’m actually writing my own blog. The Apocalypse must certainly be around the corner.
I also cannot believe that it has been over half a year since I became the minister here at First Christian Church of Elgin. I have enjoyed getting to meet all the wonderful people who are part of this community of Christ followers, and I’m looking forward to the BIG things God has planned for us.
This week, I wrap up my teaching series Defiant Hope in Troubled Times. I appreciate all the feedback I’ve received over the last few months on how God has used these messages to encourage you and keep your eyes on the BIG picture.
We are going to be looking at how to have hope despite anxiety. Our 24/7 news cycle constantly bombards our minds with the bad, leaving us loaded down with worry and fear. Now, more than ever, we need to rest on the power God provides through our brothers and sisters in Christ.
This week, I read about two elderly ladies shopping at the mall. One was in a wheelchair and the other was pushing. At one point, the one sitting down turned around and said, ‘Let me know when you get tired, I’ll push for awhile.’
Carrying around the weight of our all our fears can get tiring real quick. But the good news is that God wants us to ‘cast all our anxieties on him’ (I Peter 5:7). That might mean regularly bringing our cares to God in prayer, or it may mean humbling ourselves enough to ask for help from the people God has placed in our lives. But one thing is certain, God doesn’t want us to buckle under the weight of all our fears.
Look forward to seeing all of you this Sunday!