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From October 17, 2014

Heavenly goal A Reflection
  by Pastor Cliff

Hi Friends:

The day the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with a wall of water on their right and on their left, is the day the Lord saved Israel from the hands of the Egyptians. In Exodus we're told, "When the Israelites saw the great power the Lord displayed against the Egyptians, the people feared the Lord and put their trust in him" (14:31).

Trust means depending on someone or something to help us out in life, especially in a time of crisis or need. Learning to trust is the first step on the journey to Christian maturity. Only God is worthy of absolute trust; therefore Bible writers often proclaim their trust in the Lord and call on God's people to do the same. Because God can be trusted, we can depend on him.

Tim Hansel writes, in Holy Sweat, “One day, while my son Zac and I were out in the country, climbing around in some cliffs, I heard a voice from above me yell, ‘Hey Dad! Catch me!’ I turned around to see Zac joyfully jumping off a rock straight at me. He had jumped and then yelled ‘Hey Dad!’ I became an instant circus act, catching him. We both fell to the ground. For a moment after I caught him I could hardly talk. When I found my voice again I gasped in exasperation: ‘Zac! Can you give me one good reason why you did that?’ He responded with remarkable calmness: ‘Sure. Because you’re my Dad.’ His whole assurance was based on the fact that his father was trustworthy. He could live life to the hilt because I could be trusted.”

Isn’t this even more true for a Christian? God can be trusted to be with us throughout life. The prophet Nahum says it much better than me: “The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him” (Nahum 1:7).

See you at church on Sunday!

Cliff Houston
Interim Pastor, FBCR

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