Daily Archives: August 3, 2020

A Better Way to Live: Together

During this season in which COVID-19 has impacted every aspect of our lives, from health to economy, relationships to career, many of us have experienced deep struggle with our sin. We understand this to be true, that when we are isolated we are at risk of succumbing to our temptations. It’s written in Proverbs that “One who isolates himself pursues selfish desires; he rebels against all sound wisdom.” We have seen a rise in addictive behaviors and deep pain in our community. Suicide hotlines are receiving more calls than ever and the evils of domestic violence has been brought to the forefront of many community response members as the rise in calls for help are growing. People are hurting—hurting one another, and hurting themselves.

So how do we break free from the prison of our sin and embrace the freedom and power that Jesus offers us? Well, we are designed to be in community. “Carry one another’s burdens; in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ,” it states in Galatians. We overcome our enemies within through the power of Jesus Christ, and the transformational vessel that is community and sharing the weight of our burdens with one another.

August 8 & 9 we continue our spring season study of the 7 deadly sins through our new sermon series: Overcoming the Enemy Within. We will take time to explore in depth the sins that all of us struggle with, but more importantly, fix our eyes on the truth and promises of Jesus—that He alone offers us a way to overcome our darkest demons.

Throughout our study we will be offering ways for you to better overcome the pain in your life, through the power of community. Our Care and Recovery ministry, Community Life Ministry and others have groups available for you to jump into and people eager to walk alongside you in your journey as we explore the battles we fight within ourselves and the true freedom that God desires for us.

Shepherd in the Darkest Valley

During difficult times, where do you find your direction and defense? In Psalm 23:4, David reminds us that the Lord both directs and defends us, like a shepherd who leads his sheep and protects them using his staff. This symbolism is used to show both what the shepherd does for his sheep and what the Lord does for us. The two ends of the staff are used to both direct and defend the sheep, and the Lord does the same for us—His sheep.

David tells us that we should not fear danger during times of uncertainty and fear, not because there isn’t any, but because our Lord is with us. He protects us and provides a path for us. The darkest valleys are the place where we need direction and defense, and David shares that He will be there for you when, and not if, you need Him.

In the middle of the darkest valley, the Lord is with you. He pulls you close to Him to direct you and provide for you. He also defends you, fighting off your enemy. We will all go through a dark time, however we can be comforted in the knowledge that the Lord is with us in the deepest valley.