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August 4, 2020

Dear Friends,

You have heard me say that troubles often come as the waves of the sea — one wave after another, and
another, and another. It surely seems we have been experiencing this. We have had waves of political
unrest, civil discord, sickness, sorrow, violence in the land, etc. We often feel, as the hymn-writer who
said, “Trials dark on every hand….” It seems that way.

What can we do? We can do what the psalmist did. He said, “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills. From
whence cometh my help? My help cometh from the Lord who made heaven and earth.” Folks, God is
ever the same, and He is no respecter of persons. He is good to all who love and see His glory, who call
upon His name.

Yes, the storms are many, and they are great, but there is opportunity in every storm. Read the 27th
chapter of Acts and you will see what I am talking about. God brought the Apostle Paul and two
hundred seventy-six others through a mighty storm. The Apostle Paul was strong, and he encouraged
others to be strong.

I’d like to encourage all of you to be strong as well. The storm is passing.

Paul, and those traveling with him, survived because they believed the word of God. They all stayed in
the ship. They worked together. They gave of themselves, and each one did his best – what he could. Is
there not a lesson for all of us in this story?

I hope that we all will hold on to our faith, to our trust in His word. Let’s stay in the ship – the church.
Let’s throw overboard the excess baggage – “the sin which doth so easily beset us”. The church needs
our faithful support as never before. Can she count (depend) on us?

Be strong!
We are not here to play, to dream,to drift;
We have hard work to do, and loads to lift.
Shun not the struggle; face it.
‘Tis God’s gift.

Be strong!
Say not the days are evil – Who’s to blame?
And fold the hands and acquiesce – O shame!
Stand up, speak out, and bravely,
In God’s name.

Be strong! It matters not how deep entrenched the wrong,
How hard the battle goes, the day how long,
Faint not, fight on!
Tomorrow comes the song.

Maltbie D Babcock

Join us at SPBC for Bible Study this Lord’s Day at 9:30 a.m. and Worship at 10:45. Also join us online (via
Zoom) on Wednesday at 6 p.m.

Your Pastor and Friend,
Al Evans