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I’ve been listening to the news which is non-stop lately about the Cornavirus.  To be truthful it is scary.  I hear a lot from the scientists and our leaders both at the national level, state and county level.  They have news conferences one after another. But, I find something very important missing.

What about the spiritual side of this?

I’ve read that some think this is brought about by some kind of conspiracy.  I’ve heard some say it is part of a long standing plan to take over the world and control people.

I’ve been thinking is this from God as a judgement on our wicked world?  Or is this from the devil who is trying to mess everyone up and be in control of us completely?  That brings me to this:  No matter what it is, or who caused it, the fact remains that we are in this situation and what we each do is of the utmost importance. We must listen to the authorities and take their advice about social distancing so that the virus may not spread as much. We must take it seriously!

How do we handle this time?

Do we worry and fret about what is going on? Or do we put our trust in God who we all know is ultimately in control of everything.  You see, for a Christian, we can look at this differently than those who don’t know God.  We have an edge.  I’d like to leave you with a couple of scriptures to help during this difficult time.

2Ti 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

We should be concerned and take the steps we need to keep us and our families safe, but we should not be terribly full of fear.  God is still in control and we know of his power and love which we have in us. A sound mind means a disciplined mind.  Discipline is very important especially now. We need to control our minds.

2Co 10:5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

According to this scripture we do not need to imagine the worst all the time. It says to bring “into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.”  That shows us that we can control our thoughts.  If you take something captive you are in control of it not the other way around.  Think of soldiers when they are captured, who controls them? The one who captured them.  So it is with our thoughts, we can control them.  If it were not true God would not have said this.

What to think about

Php 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

God loves us so much He even teaches us what to think about.  Look over this list.  Judge your thoughts at this time by these things: are they true, honest, just, pure, lovely, good report, virtuous, praiseworthy?  If you are worried pray and ask the Lord to help you think on these things instead of the fearful ones.

The most important thing!

Know matter what happens during this unprecedented time the most important thing is to know that you are ready to meet your maker.  What is your spiritual relationship to God? Have you ever admitted that you are a sinner and need to repent which means turn from your sins? Have you ever gone to God and admitted that and asked him to forgive you? He sent His only Son to die on the cross for your and my sins.  God is holy and we can only approach Him through the blood of Christ shed on the cross.  Now is the time to really seriously think about these things.  My friend, there are only two outcomes for everyone in the end. We all die at some point and when we do we either go to Heaven or Hell. And, that is a true fact.  (Think about what is true.)

If you are already a Christian which means Christ follower, then you know whatever happens you will eventually go to Heaven and be blessed beyond belief.  But, if you are not a believer in Christ than your destination is Hell where you will be tormented forever and ever.  Which will you choose?  Today may be the last opportunity you will have.

Click here to read my little booklet  The True Gospel Message

May God bless each and every one who reads this post.

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We are going through a time like none that I’ve ever seen in my 76 years of life. That doesn’t mean that I should be anxious and worried and full of fear or start having panic attacks again. I don’t know how this is affecting you, but I’m thinking more and more about the Word of God and all the precious promises He has given to comfort us.

Some of you might be working from home and the children are out of school for a period of time. Bills are piling up, and things look very uncertain.  Every day we hear new statistics that are alarming. It is hard. For me I am alone at this time as my husband passed away a few weeks ago. I’m of the “higher risk” group so I’m staying home and hunkering down. But, I’m not actually alone because I have Christ in my heart. I went for a walk today and was reminded of the old hymn “What a Friend We Have in Jesus.”

What a Friend we have in Jesus,  All our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry Everything to God in prayer!
O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry Everything to God in prayer!

Php 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
Php 4:7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Have we trials and temptations?  Is there trouble anywhere?

Mat 11:28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Mat 11:29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
2Pe 2:9 The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:
Joh 14:27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

We should never be discouraged, Take it to the Lord in prayer.
Can we find a friend so faithful  Who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness, Take it to the Lord in prayer.

Joh 16:33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

Are we weak and heavy laden, Cumbered with a load of care?

Mat 11:30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

 

Precious Savior, still our refuge, Take it to the Lord in prayer.
Do thy friends despise, forsake thee?  Take it to the Lord in prayer
In His arms He’ll take and shield thee, Thou will find a solace there.

Heb. 13:5 … I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. 

God is good!  He has promised us that He will never ever leave us nor forsake us.  Isn’t that wonderful?  If you are a Christian it is true.  He didn’t promise this to those who don’t believe.  If you are a non-believer here is a link to my little booklet The True Gospel Message.  God bless everyone!

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Dear Friends,

I have not been able to write any articles on here for a long time due to my husband’s health and my own.  I feel at this extraordinary time with the Coronavirus in our world I wanted to do something to help and felt the desire to give some comfort to my friends.

Are you worried?  Are you anxious?  It is no wonder with all the bad news we hear on the television and internet every day.  But, I’m here to tell you that we can overcome these feelings.

I have listed below a number of scriptures that help us in times of anxiety and fear.

Here are a couple of suggestions:

You can copy this list of scripture promises and put it somewhere handy. Then you can turn to it when you need to claim a promise from God’s word.

Copy the verses that are especially meaningful to you on 3 X 5 cards. Memorize them so that they become a part of you and you own them. Then you can call upon them whenever and wherever you need to.

Let God’s word become a part of you, to permeate your soul. The Word is your spiritual food and will enable you to grow into a strong Christian. The Word is also the sword of the Spirit and is valuable to fight your battles. Sometimes I sit quietly, go through my cards, and meditate on the meaning of each verse.

1.”…Never will I leave you; Never will I forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5 (NIV)

2. “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” II Timothy 1:7 (KJV)

3. “Submit yourselves, then to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” James 4:7 (NIV)

4. “…greater is He that is in you than he who is in the world.” I John 4:4 (KJV)

5. “For I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.” Isaiah 41:13 (KJV)

6. “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” I Peter 5:7 (NIV)

7. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” I John 1:9 (NIV)

8. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV)

9. “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” II Corinthians 10:5 (NIV)

10. “Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4 (NIV)

11. “Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.” II Peter 1:4 (NIV)

12. “But my God shall supply all your needs according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19 (KJV)

13. “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” Philippians 4:13 (KJV)

14. “And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten,…” Joel 2:25 (KJV)

15. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)

16. “For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, ‘Abba, Father.'” Romans 8:15 (NIV)

17. “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge.” Proverbs 1:7a (NIV)

18. “The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” Deuteronomy 31:8 (NIV)

19. “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear,…I John 4:18

20. “I sought the Lord, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.” Psalm 34:4 (KJV)

21. “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you…Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” John 14:27 (KJV)

22. “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” II Corinthians 12:9(NIV)

23. “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

24. “The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life, of whom shall I be afraid? Psalm 27:1 (NIV)

25. “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned…” Isaiah 43:1,2 (NIV)

26. “I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.” Psalm 34:4 (NIV)

27. “…whoever listens to me will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm.” Proverbs 1:33 (NIV)

28. “Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fail.” Psalm 55:22 (NIV)

29. “and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.” Hebrews 2:15 (NIV)

30. “What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us.” Romans 8:31(KJV)

31. “I will walk about in freedom, for I have sought out your precepts.” Psalm 119:45 (NIV)

I pray these scripture verses will comfort you through these trying times.  I’m leaning on the Lord and His Word to get me through.  If you have any more favorite fear fighting scriptures or ideas to cope please share them in the comment section.

Blessings to all!

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John 3:11-13  This week Pastor Ron continues his series in the Gospel of John.  What did Jesus have to say about unbelief?  Listen and find out.

Notes:

D. The Sinner’s Responsibility to Believe (V11-21)    john8_24

1.- Jesus Confronts Unbelief V11-13

a.  You do not accept our testimony

…V11

b.  Earthly analogies have not seemed to help your unbelief…V12

c.  I am the only heavenly source of heavenly truth…V13

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Jesus Confronts Unbelief

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Pastor Ron Lewis: Faith Bible Church, Warren, Pa.


John 3:11-21  This week Pastor Ron continues his series on the Gospel of John. He tackles the issue of what the sinner’s responsibility is in salvation.  This is very important to get right and there are several theories today that only confuse the issue.

Notes:

D.  The Sinner’s Responsibility to Believe (V11-21)

1-  The Main Theme…                                    John 3;16

2-  The Seeming Contradiction…

a.  Isa 10:5-7

b.  Matt 11:27-28

c.  John 6

d.  Acts 2:22-23

e.  Rom 9, 10, 11

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Our Responsibility to Believe

 

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Pastor Ron Lewis: Faith Bible Church, Warren, Pa.


This week Pastor Ron continues his series on the Gospel of John.

Notes:

C.  The Spirit’s Work of Regeneration (V4-10)                         john3_7-8text

1-  Nicodemus responds to his need to be born again…V4

2-  Jesus further explains the Doctrine of Regeneration…V5

a.  The second birth is a spiritual birth V5

b.  You cannot get from flesh to Spirit V6

c.  Do not be amazed V7

d.  The analogy of wind V8

3-  Nicodemus reveals his confusion…V9

4-  Jesus challenges his ignorance…V10

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The Spirit’s Work of Regeneration

 

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Pastor Ron Lewis: Faith Bible Church, Warren, Pa.


John 3:1-3 This week Pastor Ron helps us understand what regeneration actually is, as we continue to look at the conversation between Jesus and Nicodemus.

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What is Regeneration?

 

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