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Welcome to the Fall 2021 edition of the From His Heart
Newsletter: REAL. We trust the insights below will be a blessing
to you. Scroll down to view the following articles:
Stand Strong Through Life's Storms!
Q&A with Jeff.
Walk in the Light...Even in the Darkest of Times
From Debbie's Heart: Be Teachable in Your Trials
A Note to You from Jeff
More for You from Pastor Jeff on YouVersion
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by Dr. Jeff Schreve
The last year or so serves as a stark reminder that we live in a broken, sinful world—a world that is full of heartache and pain.
Yes, the world around us is in a special kind of turmoil with the issues related to Covid-19. But times of intensely personal trial and testing come to us all in every age.
So when the storms of life rage, how do you keep from sinking? How do you cling to Christ in times of crisis?
The Psalms are the place to go because they’re full of honest, raw responses to the trials of life.
Read Psalm 143 and you’ll see what I mean.
King David’s insights from this wonderful psalm provide us with the secret to walking in the light, even in the darkest of times. The secret is there in verse 5:
“I remember the days of old;
I meditate on all Your doings;
I muse on the work of Your hands.”
(Psalm 143:5 NASB)
Did you see it? David is saying that the way to start moving forward through your crisis is by looking backwards.
The trouble with crisis moments is that they are all-consuming. When you’re plunged into the depths of suffering, it can feel impossible to see past your immediate pain.
So, you have to fight to shift your focus, to lift your eyes above your circumstances. Where do you look instead? You and I are to look to God’s track record.
Over and over, Scripture exhorts us to remember what God has done in history because this reveals His character, proves His faithfulness, and assures us that He can be trusted.
Rather than letting your eyes fixate on your situation …
Look up to the God who’s able to part the Red Sea, the God who brings water from the rock and rains down manna from heaven.
Look up to the One who topples fortified walls and shuts the mouths of lions.
Look up to the One who’s able to calm the raging sea and make the lame man leap with joy.
Look up to the One who stands at the entrance to Lazarus’s tomb and calls the dead man to life!
My friend, when trials come—and come they will—follow in David’s footsteps and remember what God has done in history. This practice will build your faith and strengthen your confidence in the Lord for the days ahead.
Look back so you can move forward and stand strong in Christ, come what may!
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Q&A with Pastor Jeff
Q: Pastor Jeff, things are so tough right now that I don’t even know where to begin in my prayers. What should I pray for?
A: In one of his deepest times of crisis, David penned Psalm 143. His honest and heartfelt prayer shows us four things we can pray in times of trial. David prays for …
- God’s nearness
- God’s wisdom
- God’s deliverance
- God’s guidance
I encourage you to follow the example of psalms like this and “Pour out your heart before Him” (Psalm 62:8).
Q: How can I focus on God’s Word when I’ve got so many struggles pulling me in different directions?
A: Psalm 119:11 says, “Your word I have treasured in my heart, That I may not sin against You.”
The best way to treasure God’s Word is by memorizing it! The Psalms are a great place to start. I challenge you to learn these wonderful Scriptures in the next week: Psalm 27:1, Psalm 91:1-2, and Psalm 121:1.
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When the storms of life hit, how do you stop yourself from sinking? How do you stand firm on Christ the solid Rock?
The book of Psalms holds the answers to these profound questions. That’s why I’d love to send you my brand-new series, Life is Hard … but God is Good. These 9 messages will help you dig deep into Psalms—inspiring you to fix your eyes on the Lord so you can face each day with boldness and confidence, come what may.
Life is Hard … but God is Good comes as thanks for your gift this month, which in turn will help others stand firm on God’s truth!
Plus, when you give today, I’ll also send you my booklet, Strong Faith for Tough Times, as an extra resource to encourage your heart.
Be sure to request your two special resources when you give today. Thank you for your generous partnership!
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by Debbie Schreve
What a tumultuous time we live in! It seems we are experiencing crisis after crisis and if look around us(horizontally), we can get discouraged, fearful, and lose hope. But this isn’t how God wants us to live. He wants us to look vertically.
When you find yourself in deep despair of soul, the book of Psalms is a great place to go. I think you can sum up the entire book with these words: Life is hard, but God is good!
King David wrote many of the psalms when he was overwhelmed with despair and discouragement. In Psalm 143 David asks God two times to teach him through his difficult times and his suffering. David poured out his heart to his great Shepherd.
No doubt you have heard the name Joni Eareckson Tada. Through a terrible accident in her teens, she ended up a quadriplegic. Early on, while in the hospital, she became distraught and utterly desperate to the point of wanting to end her life. But in her despair, she cried out to the Lord and said “God, if I can’t die, then show me how to live.” And, God did just that! She has had an incredible ministry for decades, using her tragedy for God’s glory.
When you find yourself in a crisis, cry out to God! Ask Him to teach, refine and empower you through your situation – for your good and for His glory!
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When you’re faced with trials and testing, it’s right to pray for deliverance. But it’s essential to keep trusting in God’s perfect timing.
You see, God always answers our prayers for deliverance, but He does it in different ways and in different timeframes.
Think of Peter in his prison cell in Acts chapter 12. Herod’s getting ready to cut off Peter’s head. But an angel comes to deliver him before that crisis hits.
Then consider Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the fiery furnace. God grants them miraculous deliverance right in the midst of their crisis.
And then there’s the Apostle Paul. After years of faithful service, he’s decapitated under the persecution of Nero. God delivers him to eternal glory after his final crisis. “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain” (Philippians 1:21 NASB).
So pray with faith and wait with expectation, knowing that God will answer!
I pray you’ll know the hope, comfort, and peace that comes from these real truths from God’s Word—even as you bring this same blessing to others through your prayers and partnership!
Pastor Jeff Schreve
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