We all hear or read the stories in the news. Sorry if this depresses you, but here’s the current news summary:
- This blasted pandemic seems like it will never end!
- Virus infection numbers and hospitalizations are rising again due to the delta variant.
- Serious crime is spiking and rampant.
- Our government and politicians are dysfunctional.
- Some athletes protest the same great nation that makes them rich and famous.
- Protesters disrespect and activists advocate defunding the Police.
- Voices question the the obvious reality of basic biology--that God created us either male or female.
- Anxiety and uncertainty are spreading faster than the virus!
- Many face and fight other illnesses and adversity.
- We ignore and/or disobey God’s Ten Commandments.
Yes, the news is crazy, confusing, and controversial. It can all be disheartening and discouraging. The news is far too often negative.
This is why we give thanks for God’s Good News - the Gospel! God’s Good News transforms and helps us see beyond ALL the bad news of life. The foundation and focus of our Faith is our Savior. We trust in Christ. Our identity bears His Name - we are CHRISTians. We are baptized, chosen children of God loved and forgiven by Jesus!
Need some Good News today (and every day)? Here it is from Christ our Savior in John 3:
16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 17 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.”
Amidst all the daily discouraging, negative news, we need to hear and trust in and believe God’s Good News for us - over and over and over again. Thank You God for giving us Your Good News of hope and salvation through Christ!
In Christ’s Service,
Pastor Scott Schmieding