WEEKLY EMAIL CONNECTIONS - January 12, 2021

Weekly Bible Reading (for reading through the New Testament in one year):

Week of January 10: Matthew 6-10; Proverbs 2

Reminders: Sunday Bible Classes & Wednesday Night Services have been suspended due to COVID. Ladies Bible Class will not meet during the month of January. All ladies, please check your church mailbox for the 2021 Women of Westhill form to fill out.

 

Monthly Prayer Focus: For January, our Prayer Focus is the Health and Wellness of our Congregation and the Nation.

 

Devotional Thought for the Week

 

Peace in a Troubled World

By Clyde H. Slimp

 

If only!

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  • If only someone would teach us to love God and love others. 
  • If only someone would be the Prince of Peace. 
  • If only someone would pronounce a blessing on the peacemakers. 
  • If only someone would say, "Treat others the way you want to be treated." 
  • If only someone would urge us to love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us. 
  • If only someone was so full of love that he would be willing to die to show others how to live. 

 

Trusting God to that degree would be amazing. Submission like that could show the world how to be humble in its use of power, and learn the way of sacrifice so that others could receive a blessing. 

 

And someone like that did all those things. 

 

His name is Jesus! 

 

He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him (John 1:10). 

 

In Jesus, and in his words, and by following his way we become part of the solution to the pain and problems in this world Jesus came to save. 

 

Jesus said that he gave himself and his words to us so that "in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world" (John 16:33). 

 

There will always be trouble in this world. Therefore, there will always be a need for Jesus in this world. When all earthly kingdoms have crumbled, his peaceable kingdom will remain. Citizens of his kingdom spread good and not evil in whatever nation they find themselves. They pray and work for the good, and never for the harm, of their neighbors and their nation. 

 

I pray that today, and every day, you know his peace. I hope you can take heart and have courage. In Jesus, you can have those things and more. Jesus has overcome this world. 

 

How did he overcome it? By giving the world what it needed the most: Jesus gave himself to the will of his heavenly father on behalf of us all. 

 

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him (John 3:16-17).