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June 25, 2020

Dear Friends,

I am writing this article on Thursday morning, June 25. Like so many of you, I am trying to make sense of
this crazy world in which we live. There seems to be an abundance of bad news. Covid-19 is ravaging
the world. The economy is shaky. Earthquakes are happening this week in Mexico, California, and
perhaps other places. Our politicians (not statesmen – there are few, very few of them left) are fussing
and fighting among themselves, wondering what will get them elected in November. There is anarchy in
most every large city in our country and some other large cities in the world. No one seems to know
what to do nor to have the intestinal fortitude to do what needs to be done to bring order out of chaos.
What is a person to do? There are many choices we have. I list a few of these for us.

First, we can do nothing. This seems to be a popular choice. Instead of asking what they can do to make
the world a better place, so many are doing nothing. One hymn says, Little is much when God is in it!
Labor not for wealth or fame; There’s a crown and you can win it, If you go in Jesus’ name. James tells us
“The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” We all can pray!

Second, we can be encouraged. We all get discouraged at times. The Bible tells us that David, in a time
of great danger, encouraged himself in the Lord. Many of God’s people have through the ages, faced
unbelievable challenges. They kept their eyes heavenward and are referred to as heroes of faith. They
refused to be overcome because they were overcomers. Like the psalmist of Psalm 42 and 43, they
refused to despair. In these psalms, he asked himself the question three times, “Why are you in despair,
O my soul? And why have you become disturbed within me?” (Psalm42: 5, 11; Psalm 43:5) After these
questions he encourages himself and us by saying, “Hope in God, for I shall again praise Him.” Why
would he do this? He would do it because of the help of God’s presence with him, for lifting up his
countenance, and for being his God. Friends, God is still alive. He is still on His throne. He is still in
charge. Do we believe, really believe, this?

Finally, we can all ask God to show us how we can encourage someone else. I’ll just bet there is
something each of us can do to help someone else.
Let none hear you idly saying, There is nothing I can do
While the souls of men are dying, and the Master calls for you.

Take the work He gives you gladly. Let His work your pleasure be.
Answer quickly when He calleth, Here am I, send me, send me.

I look forward to seeing you this Lord’s Day for Bible Study at 9:30 a.m. and Worship at 10:45. If, for
whatever reason, you cannot be with us in person, then join us online.

Love all you guys and gals!

Your pastor and friend,

Al Evans

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