Good News Only Friday- 1/8/21

I had a nice little New Year’s Day message written for this inaugural newsletter, but it no longer feels appropriate. As we all know, yesterday, the US Capitol was stormed by an angry mob protesting the presidential election results.

It was hard to believe the near- anarchy I was seeing. This is the kind of thing that happens in other countries, not here in the US. I held my breath as I watched a news

reporter being followed around, intimidated, and mocked by a group of protesters.

If anyone was feeling anxious about our country’s political climate, yesterday surely cranked up the intensity. We pummel ourselves with hypotheticals:

What if this candidate gets elected? What if that policy gets changed? What if, what if, what if?

This stuff runs through my mind, too, but I try to remind myself, and I want to remind you here:

God is still on the throne.

The president may be changing, but the King of kings reigns forever. Our country may be divided, but “as surely as I live, says the Lord, every knee will bend and every tongue will confess the name of Jesus.” (Romans 14:11)

The bottom line is that God is still in control. As my friend Joe Labieniec says, nothing gets by God’s desk without Him noticing. So, if He allows it, there’s a purpose.page1image684568128

Human nature causes us to be ruled by our emotions and get bent out of shape because we want to control everything. I encourage you to take comfort in the fact that if God allows it, there’s a purpose. Like our verse of the week says, the purpose of the Lord WILL stand.

Take courage, friends! We’re not alone.

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