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Dothan, Al

Celebrate the Living Savior!

OUR MISSION IS TO MAKE JESUS-FOLLOWERS WHO
LOVE GOD, LOVE ONE ANOTHER, AND SERVE THE WORLD

Pastor's Thoughts (September 25th)

 

Pastor’s Thoughts

          “Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him and afflicted.  But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities, the punishment that was brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.” Isaiah 53:4-5

          These two verses give me comfort.  There are many in our families, nation, and world who are suffering today.  Some are suffering because of illness.  Some are suffering because of job loss.  Some are suffering from the death of a loved one.  Some are suffering from chronic pain with no relief.  Suffering is debilitating to the mind, body, and the spirit.  It causes us to doubt God. 

          The hope we have in Christ is what helps us to get through our suffering.  He bore it all.  His suffering was for our sins to be forgiven. His suffering was for our healing.  His suffering brought us peace.  As the Scripture says, not as the world gives peace.  The Father watched as his son; Jesus suffered.  All of this was done because of the love God has for us.

          Suffering is a part of life.  And there is a lot of it going on right now.  We all know that.  But we have a Savior!  He brings us peace and healing! As the Scripture says, “take heart I have overcome the world.”

Blessings and Love,

Pastor Stephanie

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