Reflections from Pastor Jennifer
Contributions for the shoeboxes in January include hats, gloves, scarves, shipping costs, and boxes. Thank you for what you are doing to help!
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If you took home a baby bottle from the Lake Norman Pregnancy Center, please fill it with cash, check, or change. If you were not able to get a bottle, "fill" a virtual one online: https://pregnancycenterfriends.org/babybottles/. Donations are due by February 19th.
Our First Sunday Meal is Feb 5th. Bring food and guests with you. This would also be a great day to make a donation to the Angels and Sparrows or Mooresville Christian Mission to show love to those who are food insecure.
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An Encouraging Word from Christine Caine
How to Create an Unshakable Foundation
When I was 33, everything I thought to be true about my life was shattered when I found out my brother and I were adopted. A discovery like that can shake your world.
The fire of insecurity, doubt and mistrust that was ignited could have consumed my life. But when my mother told me I was adopted, my response was, “Before I was formed in my mother’s womb—whosever womb that was—God knew me. He knitted together my innermost parts. I am fearfully and wonderfully made.”
Because I know the Word of God, His truth, His promises and His character, I was able to extinguish that fire before it became a roaring blaze.
For you, maybe it’s the betrayal of a dear friend, maybe you’ve found yourself in financial turmoil or perhaps your physical world has been turned upside down by a hurricane or a flood.
Whatever it is, you can be unshakable by building the foundation of your life on the truth of the Word of God and not on the facts of your circumstances. Your circumstances can change, but our God never changes. He who promised is faithful.
But with all of the turmoil swirling around us in the world today, you may not feel very unshakable. It can be easy to be swayed by the pain and struggle we face or be thrown off course by the obstacles we encounter.
So how can we become unshakable and develop a faith that cannot be moved?
Keep Your Focus
If we want a faith that is unshakable, we have to feed our minds with truth and starve our doubts. And there is no better way to do that than by daily reading God’s Word.
Instead of starting each day scrolling through Facebook or Instagram reading about the chaos of the world, start your day in God’s presence. This daily habit will help you focus on Him when uncertainty, fear or pain come knocking at your door.
We are living life faster than we ever have before. Our on-demand culture that says “more is better” can distract us from remembering what God has already done for us. We can forget that life in Him is enough.
His love is enough. His healing is enough. His grace is enough. His power is enough.
The next time you are feeling shaken, remember the ways God has shown up for you in the past and thank Him. This simple practice will realign your perspective to His perfect peace.
Lean on Him
The truth is the world around us will always be changing. It will always have turmoil. But, in all of that, there is one thing that never changes: our God. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. The next time circumstances threaten to shake you up, choose to remember that you can lean on God.
Remember that He is bigger than anything staring you down. There’s no question He cannot answer. There’s no enemy He cannot defeat. There’s no difficulty He cannot overcome. There’s nothing our God cannot do. Impossible is where He starts.
Jesus’ promise to His disciples in John 16:33 is also a promise for you and I. He said, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” There is nothing that can take down Jesus or the Spirit of the living God inside each of us. We can take heart, we can be unshakable, we can have complete peace because we are more than overcomers through Jesus who has already overcome the world.