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Encourage0gram May 6, 2020

Posted by Pastor Rick John on

Encourage0gram
May 6, 2020
 
Dear Friends,
 
“I am only one; but still I am one.
I cannot do everything, but still I can do something.
I will not refuse to do the something I can do.”
Helen Keller
 
Helen Keller was an exceptional person.  She overcame blindness and deafness.  She did many “somethings” that inspire us even today!
 
One of the difficulties I have been having is our inability to be together. I miss corporate worship and small groups.  I am thankful for zoom meetings but its not the same as being together.  I miss seeing people face to face. I miss the handshakes and prayers in the lobby of our church.  I miss the children laughing and running around!  I miss our elderly saints and the young ones.  I want to sing with my brothers and sisters.  Yes, I want to preach to a live gathering.  All these I miss and many more. But I agree with the steps taken for our safety.  We intend to obey our governing officials throughout this process of re-engagement.  We are prayerfully and eagerly awaiting the day when we will see you again at FCC.  Until then, I am grateful for your love for one another.  I give thanks to Jesus for your generosity shown to so many.  We are now the scattered church and we are making a difference by the grace of God.
 
The verse that comes to mind is Philippians 4:13
 
I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
 
The “this” is Paul’s ability to have plenty and to have little.  He has learned to be content. He learned that God’s provisions were enough. He learned by faith to trust more fully on our Father in heaven who provides for all our needs.  These lessons have been learned in freedom and in prison.  He has learned them with many friends and in solitude. He has learned them all by the grace of God.  As he journeyed down his path of life, God kept teaching him. He was told from the beginning that he would suffer for the gospel, yet he wholeheartedly followed Jesus. It was worth every sacrifice. 
 
NIV Acts 9:15-16
But the Lord said to Ananias, "Go! This man (Paul) is my chosen instrument to proclaim my name to the Gentiles and their kings and to the people of Israel. 16 I will show him how much he must suffer for my name."
 
I believe Paul and Helen Keller would agree that it is only by the strength that Jesus gives that they did anything!  They both learned contentment in the good and difficult seasons of life.  How about you?  Are you asking God to teach you contentment?  This would be a good time to ask.  You will be blessed by the lessons you learn!
 
May Almighty God fill you with many life lessons today!
 
Your fellow-servant of our King Jesus,
Pastor Rick

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