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  • God’s Will Is Not Temptation

    Over the years, I have heard the argument that God created evil and have heard some compelling arguments but, truth be told, the arguments fall short of the truth. Take a read through Genesis at the very beginning and you will see that when God created, it was followed with “and it was good”. In fact, when God had finished creating everything, He stated in Genesis 1:31 (NLT) “Then God looked over all he had made, and he saw that it was very good”. God was pleased because that which He had created was perfect. We do not know when evil slithered its way into the Garden, we don’t know how it even existed in the Garden but we do know this for a fact, the first temptation in the Garden was cast by means of doubt. The serpent was the shrewdest of all the wild animals the Lord God had made. One day he asked the woman, “Did God really say you must not eat the fruit from any of the trees in the garden?” The temptation went even further and finally the doubt got the better of Eve and she succumbed to the temptation to know it all. The rest is history (read Genesis 3). There is the example of falling to temptation and it is not the last in scripture. Today, the temptation is even more powerful and it is not so secretive, in fact advertising companies thrive on developing it. “If you buy this, you will never have another issue for the rest of your life”. Temptation to the dark side is always there and the powers of evil want you to focus on the doubt, focus on the desires, focus on self, and not on the perfect answer. You see, the devil wants you to be distracted because he knows that we have an unlimited source of power to repel evil intentions through the Holy Spirit. We need only to remember God’s prayer from Matthew 6:13 NLT: And don’t let us yield to temptation, but rescue us from the evil one. When you are feeling tempted by the devil, visit the Lord’s prayer and claim the power of the Holy Spirit over the evils of temptation. Get thee behind me Satan, your power is nothing compared to my Lord and Saviour. Don’t let evil fool you into doubting God and turning to the darkness, God loves you so much that He will give you the strength. This Sunday, Pastor Todd continues the series on the “Will of God” by looking at temptation. Our service is at 10:30 AM both online and in person. The service will be broadcast online on our website (https://www.mainavefellowship.ca/socialplatforms), or you are more than welcome to join us in person at 402 Main Ave. W in Sundre, AB. Blessings, www.mainavefellowship.ca Our Mission “To live the love of Christ”

  • Peter's Picks

    Perfect 7-day Diet – Peter’s Picks ‘God Never Has to Say Oops, My Mistake’ Day 1: Psalm 33:11, 12 – “But the Lord’s plans stand firm forever; his intentions can never be shaken. What joy for the nation whose God is the Lord, whose people he has chosen as his inheritance.” Day 2: Psalm 18:30-32 – “God’s way is perfect. All the Lord’s promises prove true. He is a shield for all who look to him for protection. For who is God except the Lord? Who but our God is a solid rock? God arms me with strength, and he makes my way perfect.” Day 3: Isaiah 55:8, 9 – “‘My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,’ says the Lord. ‘And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.’” Day 4: Numbers 23:19 – “God is not a man, so he does not lie. He is not human, so he does not change his mind. Has he ever spoken and failed to act? Has he ever promised and not carried it through?” Day 5: Psalm 19:7-9 – “The instructions of the Lord are perfect, reviving the soul. The decrees of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple. The commandments of the Lord are right, bringing joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are clear, giving insight for living. Reverence for the Lord is pure, lasting forever. The laws of the Lord are true; each one is fair.” Day 6: Deuteronomy 32:4 – “He is the Rock; his deeds are perfect. Everything he does is just and fair. He is a faithful God who does no wrong; how just and upright he is!” Day 7: Psalm 119:137, 138 – “O Lord, you are righteous, and your regulations are fair. Your laws are perfect and completely trustworthy.” ** Verses taken from the New Living Translation

  • God’s Will Is For Our Joy

    There was a time where I was teased and bullied because I was different or annoying or just not cool enough. There were days where I would race home from school taking all the back routes so I wouldn’t get beat up...again. I tried to disappear during gym class so I didn’t get targeted during the sports activities and rarely, if ever, joined organized sports. You see I was not the biggest kid in school, in fact I did not really grow much until after I left school. There were times I would dream about what I would do if I were bigger. I had some great plans for those bullies should I ever meet up with them again. Someone was going to pay big time for all my pain and suffering. Then the words of my Grandma MacDonald rang in my ears and it still does to this day: Forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who sin against us Matt 6:12 NLT As God has forgiven, we/I should forgive. There are those out there who did me harm not only as a kid but also as an adult that have no clue how much they have been forgiven. I will admit, there are those who did me wrong that I did get my revenge when I was younger and if I could ask their forgiveness to their face today, I would. As I grew up, I realized retaliation only leads to more reprisals and the cycle continues. Look again at the passage from Matthew 6 “Forgive us as we forgive others”. We have been forgiven perfectly and completely without any note of a return to the sin for further review in the future. Just recently, someone did something to me that could have escalated very easily and I will admit this, we were both in the wrong. I was truly apologetic regarding the event because I did mess up, but I will say this, I was furious about the actions of the other person and was looking at ways to get that person back – big time. I held the higher ground and strategically, I was in the favourable position. This was going to get ugly but then Matthew 6:12 came to me and I reached out for forgiveness for my error and noted that I forgave that person as well. There was a great deal of joy that came from that because I found out that person’s response was delivered in haste and in anger. What could have been a very difficult situation was avoided and we chat quite regularly now. How many more issues in this world could be alleviated if we forgave rather than escalated tensions? This Sunday, Pastor Todd continues the series on the “Will of God” by looking at forgiveness and forgetfulness. Our service is at 10:30 AM both online and in person. The service will be broadcast online on our website (https://www.mainavefellowship.ca/socialplatforms), or you are more than welcome to join us in person at 402 Main Ave. W in Sundre, AB. Blessings, www.mainavefellowship.ca Our Mission “To live the love of Christ”

  • Peter's Picks

    The Perfect 7-day Diet – Peter’s Picks ‘God Never Stops Working’ Day 1: Philippians 2:12-15 – “Dear friends, you always followed my instructions when I was with you. And now that I am away, it is even more important. Work hard to show the results of your salvation, obeying God with deep reverence and fear. For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him. Do everything without complaining and arguing, so that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people.” Day 2: John 5:19, 20 – “So Jesus explained, “I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself. He does only what he sees the Father doing. Whatever the Father does, the Son also does. For the Father loves the Son and shows him everything he is doing. In fact, the Father will show him how to do even greater works than healing this man. Then you will truly be astonished.” Day 3: 1 Corinthians 12:6 – “God works in different ways, but it is the same God who does the work in all of us.” Day 4: Romans 8:28 – “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” Day 5: Psalm 77:12-14 – “They are constantly in my thoughts. I cannot stop thinking about your mighty works. O God, your ways are holy. Is there any god as mighty as you? You are the God of great wonders! You demonstrate your awesome power among the nations.” Day 6: Philippians 1:6 – “And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.” Day 7: 2 Corinthians 3:18 – “So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord - who is the Spirit - makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.” ** Verses taken from the New Living Translation

  • Thy Will Not My Will 

    Warning, contents might be rather unsettling for some. Discretion is advised. There are times when I wonder about the future of our society as the trends of the world become more and more self-centred. There are a multitude of perspectives out there that, for the individual, could be found offensive or go against their own beliefs but here is the thing, I may not agree with their perspective, so who is right? I am going to try this social experiment knowing full well there will be some out there who will start a discussion regarding their views on this simple topic. Three people sitting around at a coffee shop talking about cars (you can change this to whatever you wish). One is a die-hard Chevy supporter, has the bow tie light in the garage, a poster of the latest muscle car that will soon be sitting in the garage and has a ton of Chevy bling everywhere. The second person has the “Built Ford Tough” jacket, drives the new Ford F350 with all the bells and whistles and defends the beloved name brand to the point of heated arguments about the company that built America. The banter goes back and forth for what seems like an hour. People in the coffee shop are both amused and concerned as the conversation does, at time, become rather heated. The third person at the table is listening intently but not participating too much in the discussion. The two notice this and one asks “well, what side are you on?” and without batting an eye, the reply was “I chose the one that is paid for.” This is only one discussion/argument/debate that happens every second of the day and, for some, it can cause irreparable damage. I have seen families torn apart over the simplest of differences. There are disputes about lifestyles, religions, political views, race and the list goes on and on. So many can get so angry with one another that the division between sides grows over just about everything once the ball gets rolling. Have you ever seen where a simple argument over butter or margarine becomes so bad that everything one person says, the other automatically counters and it grows to include the whole family? There has to be common ground, the eye of the storm as it were, where peace reigns despite the division. You see, while everyone thinks they have all the answers and their answers are the only one that counts, it is all a matter of perspective, and it should be examined next to the something that is foundational to all. In Matthew 6, Jesus was teaching us how to pray and one thing that makes me take pause is in verse 10. May Your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. NLT Take this back to the car discussion. Ford, Chevy, Dodge, import, domestic, electric, hybrid, diesel, gasoline—who cares. Does it take me from point “A” to point “B” in relative comfort and is it paid for? Baptist, Presbyterian, Nazarene, Pentecostal—who cares? Is Christ the center of the teaching and has the price been paid? There is really nothing on this planet that cannot be simplified to lowest common denominator, and, at that point, the argument becomes rather mute. Consider the prayer “may Your will be done” not my will, not the will of a particular denomination or religious group but rather the will of God. May this be done on earth as it is in Heaven. Do you think there are arguments, strife, backstabbing, wars or fighting in Glory? Of course not. Love God with absolutely every ounce of your being and love each other as yourself. I would say enemy, but you know what, there will be no enemies in Heaven, plain and simple. What would Jesus do? He loves perfectly and forgives abundantly. If that were done on earth as it is in Heaven, would there be wars or worldwide strife? This Sunday, Pastor Todd starts a new series on the “Will of God”. Our service is at 10:30 AM both online and in person. The service will be broadcast online on our website (https://www.mainavefellowship.ca/socialplatforms), or you are more than welcome to join us in person at 402 Main Ave. W in Sundre, AB. Blessings, www.mainavefellowship.ca Our Mission “To live the love of Christ”

  • Peter's Picks

    Perfect 7-day Diet – Peter’s Picks ‘Is This Your Response to Jesus’ Coming?’ Day 1: Acts 2:37, 38 – “Peter’s words pierced their hearts, and they said to him and to the other apostles, ‘Brothers, what should we do?’ Peter replied, ‘Each of you must repent of your sins and turn to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.’” Day 2: 1 Thessalonians 2:13 – “Therefore, we never stop thanking God that when you received his message from us, you didn’t think of our words as mere human ideas. You accepted what we said as the very word of God - which, of course, it is. And this word continues to work in you who believe.” Day 3: Titus 2:11-14 – “For the grace of God has been revealed, bringing salvation to all people. And we are instructed to turn from godless living and sinful pleasures. We should live in this evil world with wisdom, righteousness, and devotion to God, while we look forward with hope to that wonderful day when the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, will be revealed. He gave his life to free us from every kind of sin, to cleanse us, and to make us his very own people, totally committed to doing good deeds.” Day 4: Hebrews 2:1-4 – “So we must listen very carefully to the truth we have heard, or we may drift away from it. For the message God delivered through angels has always stood firm, and every violation of the law and every act of disobedience was punished. So what makes us think we can escape if we ignore this great salvation that was first announced by the Lord Jesus himself and then delivered to us by those who heard him speak? And God confirmed the message by giving signs and wonders and various miracles and gifts of the Holy Spirit whenever he chose.” Day 5: Proverbs 1:7 – “Fear of the Lord is the foundation of true knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.” Day 6: Isaiah 55:7 – “Let the wicked change their ways and banish the very thought of doing wrong. Let them turn to the Lord that he may have mercy on them. Yes, turn to our God, for he will forgive generously.” Day 7: Acts 3:19 – “Now repent of your sins and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped away.” ** Verses taken from the New Living Translation

  • Ringing Out The Old 

    The other day, I took the Jeep into the car wash because I was not sure what colour it actually was. I think the colour could best be described as a brown, grey mash smattered with white flake. Now the inside is very organized and fairly clean compared to the outside. It is interesting how we can look at the outside of a car, see the dirt and mess it is in, and make the assumption the inside is equally a shambles. Actually, it can happen with so many different things like houses, properties, clothing. You see, so many people judge by what they see on the outside and miss the importance of what is on the inside. I have seen some fabulous homes that look amazing but, on the inside, the love was missing, and the home was broken. There are those who are dressed to the nines, have rings on every finger, drive the best cars and seem to have it all but are suffering on the inside and take it out on those around them and on themselves through drug and alcohol abuse but you don’t see it until they end up on the news or even in the obituary column. At one time, I thought the external presentation was how society measured success and I tried to live up to it. Was I ever wrong. I started to look past the grease, grime and dirt, the bling, shine and pizzazz and discovered this truth; there is a blessing available to us all that is just waiting to be recognised. It is a cleaning that sets every one of us on the exact same footing. The mess can be cleansed, it is only temporary, and the rest can be washed away. What is truly important is this, once the dirt has been cleansed, leave it alone, leave it behind. Here is an example: I washed my Jeep and gave it a good wax job and then I cleaned the dust off the dash, shook out the mud mats and threw away the garbage. How ridiculous would it be to throw the mud I just cleaned off the Jeep back onto and into the vehicle? So, here is the good news to end the year; Jesus saves! Jesus cleanses from the inside out and does an amazing job. We can ask Him to cleanse us of our sins and He will. We can ask Him to show us a way to live a cleaner life and He will. We can ask Him to soften our heart and he will. You see, Jesus sees past the mud and grime of our outside and knows us better than we even know ourselves, right to our souls. So, when we ask Him to forgive us, cleanse us and take away our sins, we need to trust that He will do this and leave it in His hands. There is a time when we need to shake off the baggage of the past and ring in a new year. Is it time to embrace a new life in Christ? Trust me, He sees you in a way most of society does not understand and He looks forward to greeting us in person in Glory. But the other criminal protested, “Don’t you fear God even when you have been sentenced to die? We deserve to die for our crimes, but this man hasn’t done anything wrong.” Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your Kingdom.” And Jesus replied, “I assure you, today you will be with me in paradise.” Luke 23:40-43 NLT The thief on the cross was probably messed up big time but Jesus heard his heart welcomed him in. This is the new start; this is the new year. This Sunday, Pastor Todd will bring the final messages of 2023. Our service is at 10:30AM both online and in person. The service will be broadcast online on our website (https://www.mainavefellowship.ca/socialplatforms), or you are more than welcome to join us in person at 402 Main Ave. W in Sundre, AB. Blessings, www.mainavefellowship.ca Our Mission “To live the love of Christ”

  • Where There Is Strife There Needs To Be Hope

    That statement may have you scratching your head but I will say this, without hope there is little for which to carry on. I have talked with many folks in counselling sessions, in those conversations where one just needs to be heard and in the church setting as a pastor where the issues of the day are just building and the only outcome they can see is destruction or nothingness. “Why should I even care?” “What is the use?” “It just doesn’t matter anymore.” A few months ago, I took a refresher course in Suicide Intervention and those statements were just a few indicators that hope had been lost and the cry for help was being sent out. Some cries are from those who are in the midst of the chaos while others are pleading for understanding because they can’t make sense of the turmoil around them and are, themselves, being sucked into the confusion. So much death and destruction in this world. Where is the hope? Let me throw this out to the wind; could it be we have legislated and denied the communication of hope, joy, peace and love right out of our lives? Those who make the laws of the lands have mandated religious silence because it is non-inclusive and yet Jesus states in Matthew 11:28-30: Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.” NLT Jesus is the hope and the love of the world, inclusive for all who want and need hope. He invites us into a relationship with Him and asks only that we give over our sins and declare Him as Saviour. It was through His death certificate that we were given a new birth certificate. That is the hope we all need to hold onto and to declare. Jesus is the bright morning star that is our guide in the darkness. So long as there is light, darkness cannot fully reign. Remember this; “And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matt 28:20 b Where does my hope lie? It does not rest with our governments because they sway in the wind like reeds, bending to the will of the breeze. There will always be strife because there will always be differing views and all of society will be swayed by how they understand the situation but know this, Jesus is the Rock and the Anchor. He is never changing and on Him we can place our hope because He will prevail. He is “Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. His government and its peace will never end. He will rule with fairness and justice from the throne of his ancestor David for all eternity.” Isa 9:6b-7a If we see someone dying of thirst and give them a glass of water, they have hope. If we see someone drowning in the depths of despair and pour into them with love and compassion, they will see hope. If we see someone dying in the grips of hopelessness and we show them Jesus, the Light will shine forth. For God so loves the world He gave His one and only Son so that all, every single person, who believe in Him will not perish but instead have eternal life. John 3:16 NLT (emphasis added) This Sunday, Pastor Todd will bring the final messages of Advent. Our first service is at 10:30AM both online and in person, a second service will be held in the Mountain View Senior’s Home, in person only, at 1:00 PM and the third service will be the Christmas Eve service at 6:00 PM online and in person. Following the evening service, we will gather around the campfire behind the church for roasted marshmallows and hot chocolate. The service will be broadcast online on our website (https://www.mainavefellowship.ca/socialplatforms), or you are more than welcome to join us in person at 402 Main Ave. W in Sundre, AB. Blessings, www.mainavefellowship.ca Our Mission “To live the love of Christ”

  • Peter's Picks

    The Perfect 7-day Diet – Peter’s Picks ‘God Comes to Us’ Day 1: Isaiah 40:5 – “Then the glory of the Lord will be revealed, and all people will see it together. The Lord has spoken!” Day 2: Daniel 7:13, 14 – “As my vision continued that night, I saw someone like a son of man[a] coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient One and was led into his presence. He was given authority, honor, and sovereignty over all the nations of the world, so that people of every race and nation and language would obey him. His rule is eternal - it will never end. His kingdom will never be destroyed.” Day 3: Romans 16:25, 26 – “Now all glory to God, who is able to make you strong, just as my Good News says. This message about Jesus Christ has revealed his plan for you Gentiles, a plan kept secret from the beginning of time. But now as the prophets[a] foretold and as the eternal God has commanded, this message is made known to all Gentiles everywhere, so that they too might believe and obey him.” Day 4: Philippians 2:9-11 – “Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue declare that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Day 5: 1 John 2:2 – “He himself is the sacrifice that atones for our sins - and not only our sins but the sins of all the world.” Day 6: Psalm 46:10 – “Be still, and know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the world.” Day 7: Psalm 62:6-8 – “He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress where I will not be shaken. My victory and honor come from God alone. He is my refuge, a rock where no enemy can reach me. O my people, trust in him at all times. Pour out your heart to him, for God is our refuge. Interlude.” ** Verses taken from the New Living Translation

  • Peter's Picks

    The Perfect 7-day Diet – Peter’s Picks ‘God Reaches Out For Us’ Day 1: John 15:16 – “You didn’t choose me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask for, using my name.” Day 2: Luke 19:10 – “For the Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost.” Day 3: John 6:44 – “For no one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them to me, and at the last day I will raise them up.” Day 4: 1 Peter 2:9, 10 – “But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light. ‘Once you had no identity as a people; now you are God’s people. Once you received no mercy; now you have received God’s mercy.’” Day 5: 2 Timothy 1:9, 10 – “For God saved us and called us to live a holy life. He did this, not because we deserved it, but because that was his plan from before the beginning of time - to show us his grace through Christ Jesus. And now he has made all of this plain to us by the appearing of Christ Jesus, our Savior. He broke the power of death and illuminated the way to life and immortality through the Good News.” Day 6: 2 Peter 1:3, 4 – “By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence. And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires.” Day 7: Ephesians 4:4-6 – “For there is one body and one Spirit, just as you have been called to one glorious hope for the future. There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all, in all, and living through all.” ** Verses taken from the New Living Translation

  • Why Does Evil Exist?

    I hear this question all the time and will admit that I also have asked this a few times but awhile back, someone pointed this out and I have yet to forget it. You see, in light of all that is going on around the world, there is a cold fear regarding the dark, nasty garbage that is so prevalent today and the media seems to be stoking the flames of this fear to keep society glued to their televisions and social media devices. Fear is a tool that, when used by the forces of evil, can keep so many bound up that they are paralyzed to live life to its fullest and best. Why does evil exist? Why does God allow evil? Why doesn’t God eliminate evil for good? Consider this, cold is the absence of heat. While we can define the lowest temperature as that point where there is no energy, movement of atoms ceases and temperature cannot go any lower there is no limit that we are aware of to the upper reaches of heat. At minus 273.15 degrees Celsius, absolute zero, the fundamental particles of nature reach their zero-point energy induced particle motion. So cold is a measurement of a lack of energy. Part two to this, darkness is considered by definition to be a lack of light energy. If there is any energy at all, be it particle movement that generates heat or light energy that provides a small spark in the darkness, then there is heat, there is light. With that said, think about this for a moment, evil is the absence of faith and love. You come across a person who has just been fired from their job and the boss has just torn them down another notch and someone who has a big heart comes by and lifts them up, dusts them off and helps them out, the actions of evil are displaced by the actions of love and compassion. A group of hardened criminals are in a hard place, locked up and considered outcasts by a society gather in the prison gym to listen to a singer with a message from God.  They fall to their knees because they hear the power of His message in their souls and cry out to God in worship and celebration. The energy is added and the darkness recedes. A stadium filled with those seeking reassurance and a break from the harshness of an evil world are embraced by the energy of the Holy Spirit while the preacher pours out a message of hope and love and a community is filled with the light energy of a loving Saviour. The evil one sucks the energy out of a nation so that darkness moves in, the coldness of his world pushes out the energy of love and faith and the chaos fills in the void that was once bursting with hope and joy. The devil wants to suck all the energy out of the lives of all so that he can claim victory but remember this, there is a limit to absolute zero and to absolute darkness but there is no end to the energy that is in Him. God did not create evil; it exists because we allow it to take hold. Embrace God’s power through the Holy Spirit and claim victory over the darkness through faith and love. Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Light and we come to the Father through Him, and one day there will be no more darkness, no more fear, no more evil. Evil does exist in the world but it holds no power because God is the power, the light and is infinite. The evil’s time is finite and the Light is coming. It is time to celebrate the Light for He is here! This Sunday, Eryn Austin-Bergen will bring the third message of Advent. The service will be broadcast online on our website (https://www.mainavefellowship.ca/socialplatforms), or you are more than welcome to join us in person at 10:30 AM, at 402 Main Ave. W in Sundre, AB. Blessings, www.mainavefellowship.ca Our Mission “To live the love of Christ”

  • Peter's Picks

    The Perfect 7-day Diet – Peter’s Picks ‘World Gone Crazy - Turn to God’ Day 1: John 14:27 – “I am leaving you with a gift - peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” Day 2: Isaiah 26:3-4 – “You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! Trust in the Lord always, for the Lord God is the eternal Rock.” Day 3: John 16:33 – “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” Day 4: Colossians 1:12-14 – “...He has enabled you to share in the inheritance that belongs to his people, who live in the light. For he has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear Son, who purchased our freedom and forgave our sins.” Day 5: Ephesians 5:8-10 – “For once you were full of darkness, but now you have light from the Lord. So live as people of light! For this light within you produces only what is good and right and true.” Day 6: Ephesians 6:12, 13 – “For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm.” Day 7: Philippians 4:8 – “And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” ** Verses taken from the New Living Translation

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