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Dear Ones:Our Christian faith is only as good as what it is based upon.
Of course, God is our 'Anchor'.
And Jesus, as our Savior, roots each of us to all that is 'good' in this world and the next...if only we can manage to remember that when things get us down!
I ask you not to give up, dear fellow Christians, wherever you may be.
Despair is just not the way of our Lord.
Be assured that our prayers, tithes and efforts are ever with you who are being persecuted in places like the Middle East and Europe.
We 'uplift and support believers in the 'West', where God-hating humanists seek to harass, suppress and silence us Christians.
We will not give up. We will not be 'slaves to fear'.
God has something so much better in mind for believers and even for doubters (atheists and agnostics) who 'come to believe' in time.
Tomorrow, Ash Wednesday, we contemplate our own mortality, a concept all too well known to us already.
But try to be of good cheer. Use your Ash Wednesday and Lenten time to remember that our God is a Righteous God.
Reflect upon His mercy and compassion, which is all around us.
Already we witness the work of His Mightly Hands and Heart with a mixture of excitement and wonder.
Don't be afraid of what is or is to come, but, rather, embrace it.
These are 'birth pangs'--not easy to endure, but definitely survivable.
Jesus tells us:
"6 You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. 7 Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of birth pains."
"Matthew 24:6-8 (NIV))
God Bless You
Reverend Barbara Sexton
"The Biblical Biochemist-Where Science Meets the Cross"