From Pastor Ed

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Phil 4:8

Paul sets his mind on things that are true and good despite the fact that he is writing to his Philippine friends from prison.

It's hard to keep a positive attitude when we are bombarded daily with depressing, frustrating, or frightening news.  We read of the spread of secularism in our country and it seems that there are daily reminders that the biblical moral standards of the past are being eroded away.  Worse, even Christian leaders sometimes succumb to the allure of pessimism and negativity.  We find life frustrating as political choices seems either bad or worse.  And, of course, it seems like every week there is a terrorist attack, a rise in crime, or an increase is global conflict.  How do we heed Paul's advice to keep our minds focused on truth, things that are noble and right and pure?  How do we turn our eyes from the dark and ugly things and turn them to beauty and admirable things, those things that are excellent and worthy of praise?

 One way we can do this is to get down close to people, one on one.  In every person is potential to become the person that God had in mind when He created us.  Surrounding yourself with godly people reminds you of God's redemptive plan for every person.

 Secondly, we can constantly bring to mind the faithfulness of God throughout our lives as well as since the time of Jesus.  God has never forsaken the world.  There have always been dark and difficult times, but God has brought His people through.  In fact, we call one generation of Americans "The Greatest Generation" because they faced the challenges economic catastrophe, World War, and then the Cold War.  The threats of their times caused them to rise above hardships to greatness.  It's not surprising that it was also a generation that came back from the war and built churches.

 Whatever uncertainty tomorrow may bring, we have a choice.  We can dwell on the enormity of the problems, or we can discipline ourselves to look to Jesus, the solution to every problem.  And we can search for evidence of God's redemptive triumph which we see every time we find something to praise, something true, something pure, and something that inspires us to be a part of God's wonderful Creation.

Don't be negative.  God is in control.  Find something beautiful and let God lift your spirit as you trust in Him for a bright future that is in His hands.

See you in church,
Pastor Ed