Church of the Brethren 

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March- April 2020  

"I9 If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater; for this is the witness of God which He has testified of His Son. 10 He who believes in the Son of God has the witness in himself; he who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed the testimony that God has given of His Son. 11 And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. 12 He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. 13 These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God."

1 John 5: 9-13 (NKJV) 

In these chaotic days it is good to know that we can choose to be beat up by the witness of men or choose to be upbeat by the witness of God.  Scripture is the witness of God.  In it, we find the narrative of God's redemptive work through Jesus Christ.  We learn who God is and why He sent His only begotten Son Jesus Christ.  In it, we discover truths, promises and powers freely given to all people who believe in Jesus Christ.  In it, we discover our purpose for being here and what we're to do while we're here.

In that, have you asked yourself recently, "Why doesn't God do something about this virus or doesn't He care what we're going through"?  Have you wondered if God no longer hears our prayers? 

Our text reminds us that yes God cares and yes, He is listening to our prayers.  The call to God's people in our text is to realize that God is drawing all people to Himself through Jesus Christ and through prayer.  Such truths remain in effect today. I imagine this virus has more folks praying. I believe prayer is the greatest privilege of believers.  So, keep praying knowing that God is listening and in His time and according to His will, continues to do wonderworking miracles and wonders, even when our world around us seems to have gone wild.

Pastor Paul