Message from incoming president of CBNW:
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7
Dear CB Northwest Family,
Fear is one of the enemy’s most popular weapons he uses against us. If he can introduce worry, anxiety, and fear into our lives, we can become overwhelmed and take our eyes off of the fact that our Heavenly Father loves us and always has his best in mind for us. The Apostle Paul instructed us to put our faith in God, and his peace would carry us through the difficult times. In other words, you can either pray or worry, but you can’t do both at the same time!
But let’s be honest, it’s not always easy to banish fear with faith. It comes down to a choice: Will I allow fear and anxiety to control my life or will I choose to guard my heart and focus my mind on what is true—even though the times are uncertain. We may not be in control, but we can trust the One who is. We may not know the future, but we can know the God who does.
This past Sunday, I spoke with several medical professionals who attend the church I pastor (Sonrise), and they assured me that the anxiety sweeping the world is not based upon facts but upon fear. Is there a danger? Certainly, but not at the level the media is portraying this virus. Don’t allow social media to stoke the fires of fear in your heart!
Finally, when you read the early history of the Church you discover that it followed in the footsteps of our Lord Jesus, who cared for the sick and hurting. His example of compassion has carried the Church through many centuries of sickness, suffering, and poverty. History recounts how followers of Jesus, at risk to their own lives, have cared for sick and dying people during extreme epidemic and pandemic conditions. We have an opportunity to take his words seriously when he said, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another” (John 13:34-35). May we continue to have that heart as we find ways to serve the least, the last, and the lost during this time of fear and uncertainty!
May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace.
Pastor James Gleason