Reflections

Art Williams - Elder

As deadlines approach and project dates loom, I do all I can to achieve my goals. I notice that sometimes the harder I try to make things happen on time the more apt I am to make mistakes.  I become frustrated in my attempts to control situations, or the work of others that are beyond my control. Thankfully, God has a cure for this self-generated pressure.   Psalm 55:22; “Cast your cares on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.” As Christians we can have rest in even the most troubling situations. Romans 8:31 says “If God is for us, who can be against us?” We can have rest in times of pressure and stress because our faith is in Christ, not in ourselves.

Gregg Farah - Westbury Campus Pastor

We have “to want to see Jesus to see him. God is already present everywhere and anywhere. But God doesn’t enter where God isn’t invited. He must be invited in” (Leonard Sweet, “Nudge”). God is at work in and around us. But most of us don’t believe it. We believe in God. But believe that God is not only at work in our lives but also in the lives of others with whom we live, work, and play? No way. 

We claim we’re too busy, too self-centered, or too logical. The real reason is we’re afraid. What if God asks us to do something uncomfortable and pushes us out of our comfort zone? What if God prompts us to befriend people we don’t like? It’s much simpler to be busy or self-centered, but we’d miss out on the adventure part of the Christian life. Jesus is knocking and he’s inviting us on an adventure. Let’s go!

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