Minister's Message

"The Peace of God is For You"

Philippians 4:6-7

Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. With the rapid pace of life in this busy tension-filled world, how can the people of God handle their many problems? How is it possible to enjoy the perfect peace of Jesus Christ in our daily lives?

The apostle Paul gave us this formula:

WORRY ABOUT NOTHING (Philippians 4:6-7;) PRAY ABOUT EVERYTHING (I Thessalonians 5:17;) and BE THANKFUL IN AND FOR ALL THINGS FOR THIS IS THE WILL OF GOD IN CHRIST JESUS CONCERNING YOU, (1 Thessalonians 5:18.)

When we follow this prescription, we will begin to experience for ourselves the abiding peace of God.

WORRY ABOUT NOTHING: There is nothing wrong with having a godly concern about ourselves and others. But when this develops into chronic worry, we have lost that faithful trust in the love, care, and wisdom of our Heavenly Father. There are some things in life that are beyond human will; therefore, we must put all trust in God’s hands. God has never failed those who are His children. “Cast not away, therefore your confidence, which hath great recompense of reward,” (Hebrews 10:35.) Some truths about worry are: Worry is a sin against God and yourself. Worry is a complete waste of time. Worry doesn’t solve any problems. Worry never helps anyone. Worry hurts the worrier.

PRAY ABOUT EVERYTHING: There is a hymn that we sing: “What a Friend we have in Jesus. All our sins and griefs to bear. What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer!” Certainly, God knows all our needs and wants before asking; therefore, we can be assured God cares for us when all around appears to be crumbling. We are encouraged to do this as the song suggests: “I must tell Jesus all of my trials. I cannot bear these burdens alone. In my distress He kindly will help me. He ever loves and cares for His own.”

BE THANKFUL IN AND FOR ALL THINGS: The Psalmist wrote: “Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving and make a joyful noise unto Him with psalms, (Psalm 95:2.) An unknown author wrote: The shortest, surest way to all happiness is this: Make it a rule to thank and praise God for everything that happens to you.

My prayer for the University church of Christ family is that we all experience, enjoy and be thankful for the “peace of God!” “And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus,” (Philippians 4:7.)

Always remember our Mission and Vision: “A New Testament church seeking to evangelize, starting with the central core of Greater Cleveland. We will use our unique gifts and opportunities to engage with the community to bring souls to Jesus, develop and equip them for a 21st century ministry.” Until next week, remember that God loves you, Jesus died for you, I love you and I am your servant for Jesus’ sake!

 

 Yours because of Calvary,

Terrance R. McClain, PhD

Minister

 

 

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