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A Time for Thanks – Sunday, November 29

A Time for Thanks – Sunday, November 29

I AM STRUCK by Paul’s instructions for us in Philippians 4:6. It is good to keep in mind that these instructions come to anxious people. Do not be anxious about anything, Paul says. 

This has been an anxious year. That goes without saying. In fact, as the year has progressed, each passing difficulty has been received with the knowing shrug of the shoulders that simply says, “Well that is 2020 for you.”

And yet, despite the presence of these anxious moments, Paul suggests that a spirit of thanksgiving should always mark us. There is still much for us to be thankful for. So, Paul says, “but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”

Surely, one thing to be thankful for is that we can turn to God when we are anxious. That is just one of many things we can be thankful for.

What are you thankful for amid this anxious year? We want to hear it!

Typically, we celebrate Thanksgiving as a church family through our annual Thanksgiving Fest.  It is a time of thanks and a time of fellowship around sandwiches and pie. But because of COVID, like so many other things, we can’t do what is normal to us.

But we still want to create space for us as a church family to give thanks to what God is doing in our lives. 

Thanksgiving Sunday at WEFC is Sunday, November 29 during the Sunday morning worship service at 10:00 am.

We want to hear from you! 

If you are physically present at the church, there will be opportunity for you to share a word of thanks during the service. So, come prepared to share. 

If you are virtually present, we would invite you to share your word of thanks as well. Here is how you can share your word of thanks.

  1. You can submit your word of thanks through a 20-second video and send it to the church office and we will play it during the service.

  2. You can write us a brief word of thanks and we will share it as well. If you choose to write a brief word of thanks, please send us a picture of you and your family (please format your picture as landscape) that we can post with your testimony of thanks.

To submit your testimony of thanks, send it to .

“Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever.”
Psalm 118:1

In Time of Trouble, Say...

In Time of Trouble, Say...

WHAT DO WE SAY to ourselves when we are in a time of trouble? How do we find encouragement when our troubles overwhelm us? Where do we find God in all of this?

Recently, I came across these words by Andrew Murray. Andrew Murray (1828-1917) was a prominent Christian speaker and preacher in Europe and America. He was a minister to the missionaries.

One day in 1895 while suffering from back pain, (the result from being thrown from a cart in South Africa) Murray penned these words of encouragement in his journal. 

In Time of Trouble, Say . . .

First, he brought me here; it is by His will I am in this strait place: in that fact I will rest

Next, He will keep me here in his love, and give me grace to behave as his child

Then, He will make the trial a blessing, teaching me the lessons he intends me to learn, and working in me the grace He means to bestow

Last, in his good time, he can bring me out again – how and when he knows.

Let me say I am here

  1. By God’s appointment
  2. In his keeping
  3. Under his training
  4. For His Time

The story goes on to say that Andrew Murray had a visitor desiring a word. Bedridden, Murray tore out the freshly penned words from his journal and offered it as encouragement.

When I heard these words, I found them helpful for the challenges I am facing in my life. I hope they are of help to you as well. 

They remind us that God is doing a good work in us through the challenges we face.

Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.  (Romans 5:3-5)

Dealing with Bad News

Dealing with Bad News

NO ONE LIKES to get bad news. We brace ourselves whenever someone says, “I have some bad news to share with you.”

During your lifetime, you may encounter many forms of bad news at separate times or even simultaneously.

For example, you may experience job loss, a relationship breakup, miscarriage, a shocking diagnosis from a doctor, the death of a loved one, or any other upheaval that life throws at you.

No matter what the bad news is that you have received, it can be devastating, jarring, and sometimes turn your world upside down.

Recently, I was processing some bad news that I had received. This news left me feeling a sense of loss and loneliness. After receiving this unwanted news, I found myself complaining to God about it. I couldn’t understand why this was happening to me and I honestly expressed my feelings in the form of a prayer. 

A few days later, I came upon Psalm 112. As you can imagine, verse 7 really got my attention. “He is not afraid of bad news.” I find that bad news often produces fear. It can quickly “make me afraid.” In other words, my fear exposes where I am putting my trust. That is the point. 

The reason “he is not afraid of bad news” is because “his heart is firm, trusting in the LORD.”  In fact, Psalm 112 sets the tone for the person who is not afraid at receiving bad news by saying in the opening verse, “Praise the LORD!  Blessed is the man who fears the LORD, who greatly delights in his commandments.”

The ESV Devotional Psalter puts it this way:

“Those who walk with God, on the other hand, are funneling their deepest hopes squarely onto God himself: “His heart is firm, trusting in the LORD” (v. 7) This is why “he is not afraid of bad news” (v. 7). Why? Because even the worst news can only threaten his earthly cares; nothing can take away God himself.”

This doesn’t mean we don’t feel the impact of bad news. We most certainly do. But as we wrestle with our fears, it provides an opportunity for us to turn to God and express our steadfast trust in God. “His heart is steady; he will not be afraid.”

When I read this Psalm and was reminded to put my trust in God, my fear turned to peace. 

What bad news are you dealing with today? I am sure that some are wrestling through some very difficult things. I encourage you to turn to God through Psalm 112. When fear raises its head, may your heart once again put its trust in God. 

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