From the Pastor's Desk

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble”

It is exciting to step into a new year. A year that is full of the unknown ... unknown experiences, unknown challenges, unknown blessings, and unknown trials. We will have sunny and cloudy days. We will experience the dry and rainy days. Even though the path ahead is somewhat unknown, we can be assured of one thing ... God will walk with us on all days.

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in trouble.” (Psalm 46:1)

God is our refuge ... He protects.

God is our strength ... He provides.

God is our ever-present help ... We are never alone!

When I read this verse, I stop and ask myself ... ‘How is God my ever-present help? In what way is He my refuge and strength?’ I cannot see God ... I have never heard God speak ... How is He my refuge, strength, and help? The answer is found in His Word, the Bible. It is through the pages of the Scripture where we find our refuge, our strength, and ever-present help. Yet, for most of us, this refuge, strength, and ever-present help is on a dresser in our bedroom or on some electronic gadget. It is comforting when we face some challenge and find insight from Scripture. How many times have you read a devotional book or listened to a sermon and that Scripture referenced spoke right to your need? Yet, if we carried God’s Word around in our memory ... then we would have access to it all the time.

Many have found wonderful benefits from memorizing God’s Word. Hiding God’s Word in our heart helps to prevent sin (Psalm 119:11), it helps to shape our character (Prov23:7), it gives light to our path (Psalm 119:11), it allows us to know God better (Deut. 4:35), to face the fears and anxieties of this life (Psalm 119:49), gives us hope for our eternity (Isaiah 40:31), and many other benefits...

For the months of January and February, I would like to encourage you to memorize Psalm 46:1 (top if this page) Then take some time during the next eight weeks to meditate on Psalm 103. Then you will agree that God is your refuge, your strength, and ever-present help!!

--Pastor Paul

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