And, welcome to the Whitehall Church of Christ! We’re thrilled you’ve joined us today. Sunday has always been a special day to me. Sunday is a day when brothers and sisters united in the blood of Jesus Christ come together all around the world. They come together to join heart and hand to celebrate what our Savior did at the cross. He took our place. He died a horrid death so we wouldn’t have to. Sin had separated us from our Creator and that sin problem needed to have a remedy. Although Jesus is the answer for every question we have, the recent events in our world tend to leave us feeling uneasy. Corruption, violence, terror, fear, loneliness all have a way of making us question whether or not God is still in control. Just as our homes offer protection and security in time of storm, so too does our God offer solace, care and comfort in the midst of chaos. Let’s suppose I’ve got a problem that has me fretting. My stomach is in knots. Friends and family try to be understanding, but they’re growing weary of me taking my heartache out on them. I’m so focused on this issue that it feels as if I’m carrying a load on my shoulders. God offers a liberating alternative: “Cast your burden upon [Me] and [I] will sustain you” (Ps. 55:22). He does not erase the ills that invade this life. Instead, He shields us from the weight of worry by taking situations into His own hands. Such is the beauty of having a loving, caring Heavenly Father! We must remember, however, that the call to a free and peaceful life goes unheeded unless we place our trust firmly in the Lord. Trust is built through relationship. Relationship is built through praying during daily trials and triumphs, seeking biblical guidance for decisions, and testing God’s Word to see that it is true and practical for our life. Even in the midst of all the trouble existent in our world today, you can have peace! A believer who trusts in God receives a peace that Philippians 4: 7 promises. This is the kind of peace the world can never offer. It only comes from above. Seek that peace, pray for it and then wait for it. A lifestyle of dependence on our God is the key to weathering any storm which comes our way. We’re glad you’re here. Please, come downstairs after our worship and let us get to know you better!
Have a blessed day and remember the One who gave it to you!
Kevin Lough is the minister at the Whitehall Church of Christ in Fairmont WV.