PILOT KNOB LUTHERAN COMMUNIQUÉ

(Official communication to the public)

9/13/17

Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.  They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23

There are anxious times in which we live, most recently the hurricanes that hit Texas, Louisiana, Florida and the East coast. People are displaced and some may never return to what they had.  Along with that the ongoing problems with North Korea threatening world peace.

Closer to home we have uncertainty with health care, tax reform, immigration, drugs suicides and the economy in general. If that weren’t enough there are the personal stresses related to finances, raising children, aging parents, medical issues, broken or strained relationships, and the list goes on.  If we are not careful these stresses could prevent us from enjoying life, cause us to look only at the negative, and begin to worry.

Worry is undue concern over something we have no control over or about what may happen but hasn’t and probably won’t.  Just to say or tell yourself, “don’t worry or stress out” is easier said than done and doesn’t really give a solution.

Isaiah reminds us where true inner peace comes from and how to receive it.

It does not come from the absence of problems. True peace does not come from within but from outside our selves; it comes from God who is the God of peace and all comfort. It is he who has all the problems of the world and personal ones under watchful eye and under control.  Nothing will happen without his permission, strength and grace which is aimed at loving you and carrying out his plan.

Part of experiencing this divine peace is complete trust in the only God who has everything under control.  We must remember God is faithful and compassionate, his love never fails. (Lamentations 2:23-24) how do we know this? His word tells us. Two things we can do to know God and his peace; read his word which is a reflection of his very character and pray for trust.  When we read the word it is like hearing God speak over and over again.  When that happens we begin to internalize the Word of God and the Holy Spirit brings peace even in the midst of a hurricane.     Pr. Bob

 

By The Way:   PKLC: Sunday 17, 9:00 morning worship.  Sermon: Disciplines of a Godly Man Pt. 4 Friends.

*10:15 Adult Sunday school

Calvary Lutheran Church: Sunday 17, 11:00 morning worship.