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Reflection, Sam Tanas - Elder

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At the beginning of this year, I was filled with anxiety and worried about many things. This worry eventually turned into fear, which resulted in constant feelings of anger. I even started to worry about the fact that I was worried and then I asked myself where I was at in my relationship with God. I remembered the story of a time when Jesus was in his friends’ house to eat and to spend time with them but rather than taking time to enjoy his presence Martha was consumed with worry. (Luke 10:41)This was because she forgot that only one thing truly matters and that is "sitting at the feet of Jesus”. When we are overcome with worry, we often do what Martha did. We lose sight of the only thing that’s important, ”sitting at the feet of Jesus". When we’re not at the foot of the cross, we'll feel that we've lost control of our life and plans. But the real problem is not that we’ve lost control, it’s that we've forgotten we were never meant to be in control in the first place. When I am in the presence of God, He reminds me that He is in control and His plan is always much better than mine. When we put our trust in God, He will take care of us when we can't take care of ourselves. (Philippians 4:6 & 1 Peter 5:7)


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Reflection, Sam Tanas

I love what God is doing at our church. Two weeks ago, as I attended the second service, I looked around and I spotted at least 11 different nations represented and united under one roof- all praising one God. There is glory and goodness that is clearly being shown through our diversity. I immediately remembered this verse “As it is, there are many parts, but one body. The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” 1 Corinthians 12:20-21(NIV). Just as we are different parts of one body, we come every Sunday to unite our hearts for one Savior. We are called to make our body (church) stronger and healthier by serving, using our gifts and abilities, and by getting plugged into a community group within our church body, so we can fellowship and study the word of God together. By this we will continue to be more like Jesus and grow “in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.” Luke 2:52.

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