“Saving souls and changing lives through Christ Jesus”
Valley Church of Christ’s Mission Statement
April 9, 2020
To the souls that are under the smog of this time:
Despite the thick layer overhead of Covid 19, of grief, of sin, of frustration…
In God’s eyes: you are not hidden…
There’s never been a moment you were forgotten.
We are under a dark cloud.
Things are different lately… We’re not under a layer of fog right now, we’re currently under a thick layer of smog. Polluted, harmful and heavy.
However, we must know as dear children of God; that COVID 19, and many other despairs, have not hidden God from us, and also has not hidden us from Him.
Romans 8:35 “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?”
No, nothing shall separate us from God, from the love of Christ.
Have any of us been downtrodden? Have we been spiritually, even physically weakened? Shipwrecked in our hearts? Maybe we have.
Romans 8:37 “Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.
38For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come,
39nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
—Through Christ, we’ll prevail.
Galatians 1: “Who gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen. I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ”
—A great bundle reminder for us in this age, that Jesus can deliver us from sin, from this age we find ourselves in; and not to turn away from the Lord in distraction.
If somebody asked me “Where is your God, through this smog? Where’s the measure of this God you speak of?”
All I can say is He’s everywhere! We can’t see Him in physical state right now, but one day our faith will give way to sight. My life, since I’ve known the Lord, has completely transformed; that’s all I can say.
We sometimes look around at our immediate surroundings and look at the supposed truth of what the world around us is shouting out, that the fog and smog will consume us and all that we are. That we are overtaken by something just too great, too vast… but that fear happens to be a broken cistern.
We’re trying to measure life in milliliters here …. when if we looked to the Lord we’d be measuring life by the tons.
Romans 1:20 “For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse.”
-God is not hidden, he’s self-evidently, obviously everywhere!
-God has not hidden Himself from us. We can’t use that excuse. God’s intent was for it to be automatically understood after seeing all of creation around us, that God is everywhere! He was here, and is here! Seeing that the almighty God must have created every amazing and complex, every beautiful thing, we’re simply without excuse for us Christians to see the creation of the world around us and say, “I’m not sure he’ll do much else.”
-Oh but He has… and He will rescue us.
Brother Vince Haggard
April 9, 2020
In just a few days, Christmas will be upon us. It is said that this is the most “wonderful time of the year”–a time in which we look ahead in hope while remembering and reflecting on the past.
We look forward with hope and promise while celebrating a New Year. We will make resolutions, work for change, hope for better things, and for dreams that will come true. We remember the past as our minds go back many years ago when a very special child was born. In this time, he was just another baby of many to be born. We now know that this child would change the world forever. This child was a gift from God to all of mankind. We read of a tyrant king who had the young children of Bethlehem killed. This tyrant was trying to oppose the will of an Almighty God. We now know that no king can oppose the King of Kings.
As I reflect on this, I realize that every child is a gift from God. When I look into that little face or hold that small hand, I am seeing one who can change the world for good. Every child is special and a gift from God. The little hand you hold today may be the one who touches thousands of lives. These little ones truly make this the “most wonderful time of the year.”
J. Marlon Cole
Elder, Valley Church of Christ
Valley Church of Christ in Gunter, Texas. Saving souls and changing lives through Christ Jesus.
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