PASTOR GLEN'S BLOG
June 12, 2019
How often have you felt alone? Most of us have experienced times of loneliness – sometimes even in the midst of being surrounded by other people. People from all kinds of backgrounds have felt lonely. Huffington Post reported that Lindsay Lohan’s name should be changed to Lindsay Lonely. “If your best relationship in life is with a white powder, an alcoholic substance or any type of prescription drug, then you are living a very lonely existence.” It was reported in another periodical that Lindsay is so lonely that a couple of years back, she reportedly met up with an Uber driver in Santa Monica, California for lunch – such was her desperation to hang out with people. No amount of success or money will isolate us from loneliness.
While Paul was visiting Corinth as recorded in Acts 18, when he most needed reassurance (after being opposed and reviled), the Lord appeared to him in a vision and encouraged him in vv. 9-10: “Do not be afraid, but go on speaking and do not be silent, for I am with you, and no one will attack you to harm you, for I have many in this city who are my people.” This is one of six visions that Paul received in Acts (9:12; 16:9-10; 22:17-21; 23:11; 27:23-24), all at critical moments in his ministry. This was not just a strong impression, but rather, Paul actually saw Jesus Christ and heard Him speak audibly.
Does God still do that today? Does He still show up in such a dramatic way? He may! But it is not as frequent as some Christians think. God’s more usual means is to use His Word and His Spirit to give us the confirmation that we need. He confirmed several things in Acts 18 but the one that sticks out for me is that he reminded Paul: “I am with you.”
When Jesus gave the Great Commission in Matthew 28, he promised, “I am with you always, to the end of the age.” The Lord’s promise to Israel in Isaiah 43 applies to all who are called by His name: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.” Knowing that the Lord God is with you in whatever you are going through is an unspeakable comfort! May we especially apply that truth when we are feeling lonely.
THIS SUNDAY - Join us for worship at 9:30am! Pastor Glen’s message will be, “God Calling,” based upon Exodus 3:1-22. Please read the text prior to the service. Nursery care and elementary classes are provided on the Chapel floor during the 9:30am worship service.
Adult Sunday School class - You are invited to come join our adult Bible study class immediately following worship in the chapel on the second floor. We are finishing our study of I Corinthians and we expect to start our study of the book of Nehemiah beginning on June 23rd. We will use the book “Nehemiah,” part of the wisdom commentary series written by Dr. Stephen Davey, to help us explore this beautiful story of God providing leadership for His people, especially in rebuilding the wall around Jerusalem, and calling them back into relationship with Him. Come join us.
Baby Shower - Boy, oh boy!! Come as we celebrate with Julie Woosley who is due later this summer. She is registered at Target, and would also appreciate children's books. Also, we will be accepting donations for a group gift toward a crib.
Hosted by: Jennifer Lucas, Cheryl Reynolds, Kim Holman, & Kristen Holman
Date: Thursday, July 18th, 7:00 PM
Location: 152 Boyington Blvd
We’re Hiring - Hope Community Church is seeking to fill a part-time, paid position:Youth Ministries Intern. Those interested should contact the church at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to submit a resume.