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Faith that overcomes – 1 John 5:4-5

Central Reflections

The truest kind of faith thrives in situations where it looks like it is losing.  The Christian martyrs of old, and for that matter, of the present day, die passively.  They may anger and irritate their attackers, but they clearly do not intimidate them.  They look like victims.  One might imagine they were defeated souls who were finally giving up, and in a way that is true.  There is a sense in which faith is a form of surrender, not to the bully, but to Christ.  It is evidenced by taking up our cross and following him.

The Apostle John wrote the following after all of his fellow apostles had already met untimely deaths at the hands of their persecutors.

For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. Who is it that overcomes the…

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Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Hi friends, A couple of things as we head toward this Sunday.
  1. On the first Sunday of each month we normally take communion together. Let’s do that, but do it at home. Make sure you have what you need, like crackers or whatever – and let’s make sure those among us who shouldn’t go out to the grocery store have what they need too. It will be different, for sure, but I think it will still be a great experience.
  2. Our 9am Sunday prayer time together has kind of fallen off the radar. Let’s get that back on track in a virtual format. Nicole Cornett has agreed to be the point person for that, so please start by connecting with her on it. Here is a great reminder from David Guzik on the importance of prayer, especially at this time.

Sunday Service Live Stream, March 29, 2020

Hi friends, Hope to see you at 10am EDT for a little time of worship and a look at Luke 13. Here is the link:

Check-in Challenge, Plus a Verse for Today

Let’s start with a check-in challenge. Make it a point to check in with someone each day – including today – that you haven’t heard from lately just to make sure they are doing OK, see if they need help or whatever. Many of us have been doing this already, so thank you. We have a special opportunity right now to practice Christ’s command to love one another. With disrupted schedules and lengthy hours in our own homes, we can easily fall into an out-of-sight, out-of-mind pattern. We can overcome it by getting in touch – by checking in – with someone that we can’t see.
Also, these words that God gave to ancient Israel make an encouraging promise for his people today. We can see them as a reminder that trials, even severe trials, are to be expected. At the same time we are encouraged to trust in the Lord who will see us through them.
(Isaiah 43:2) When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.

Stay-At-Home Order, Monday, March 23, 2020

Hello again Horizon Central family. The news keeps coming. Here is the latest from Governor Holcomb’s office. We now have a Stay-At-Home order. Here is a link to the FAQs.
For the church it means we will not be meeting live and in person for any group. We can figure out how to meet virtually, for example, for the Wednesday evening marriage group. For Sunday, we will stream something. We need to think through whether that will be live or recorded and then streamed.
Either way, stay in touch (not literally, but figuratively, as Jesse reminded me yesterday.)
I’ll leave you with my personal verse for today. Maybe it will encourage you. I’d remind you that Isaiah wrote it in the midst of prophecies of judgement. That context matters because as the immediate reality was mainly doom and gloom, the long distance outlook was amazing!
(Isaiah 49:13) Sing for joy, O heavens, and exult, O earth;
break forth, O mountains, into singing!
For the Lord has comforted his people
and will have compassion on his afflicted.