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The Bible says in 1 John 4:18 “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear”. Generally, when people are afraid, it is because of something that has happened in the past that was bad, or something in the present which upsets them, or something in the future that they feel threatens them. It could also be a combination of all the above. As believers in Jesus Christ, we do not have to fear because we have experienced God’s love, mercy, and care in our lives. God’s love is being perfected in us day by day.
We do not need to fear the present coronavirus crisis which engulfs our nation and the world. God loves us and has promised to never leave us or forsake us. He has said in Psalm 46 “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear, though the earth should change, and though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea. Though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains quake at its swelling pride the Lord of Hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our stronghold”. We do not need to fear the present because perfect love casts out fear. God’s love for you and me is perfect.
God has forgiven our sins; we do not need to fear the past because the Bible tells us “He first loved us” (1 John 4:10). If God loved us before we came to Christ, how much more does He love us now that we are His children.
We do not need to fear the future. No matter what happens with the coronavirus or whatever other major crises may come. We do not need to fear judgment because Christ suffered the judgment we deserved on the cross. “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1). For a believer in Jesus Christ, judgment is not future, it is past. Our sins have already been judged at the cross, and they will never be brought against us again.
We can face life today without fear because of Jesus Christ and what He did for us on Calvary. God wants us to not live in fear but in faith and confidence in His Son Jesus Christ.
Romans 8:35-39 assures us Christians that there is absolutely nothing that can separate us from the love of God!
I love you all, Phil
Women’s Ministries May 2020
Blessings to each of you. This is a difficult time for all as sheltering in place is tedious for most of us. Continue to trust that the Lord has us in His hand and that His plan is divine.
I pray that you were all able to celebrate Easter with appreciation of Christ’s sacrifice for us. Remember that Pastor Phil’s sermons are being posted on the website at firstarpstatesville.com and on Facebook. They are uplifting reminders that God is with us always. Please listen if you have access to the internet.
For the month of May our Bible study is on Daniel chapter 5 with the study book, Be Resolute, chapter 5 as our supplement. Take time to read and pray over this Bible passage and communicate with our Lord Jesus Christ.
Our church gatherings are expected to be curtailed for an undetermined time, but our faith and love of Christ is strong. Our love of one another can be shown through prayer and communication to one another also.
Please keep all those on our prayer list in your prayers each day. This is an especially difficult time for those who are ill, grieving and/or experiencing anxiety. Take time to call, text message, email or in some way contact anyone in your life that you think of. This will surely lift your spirits and those of the people that you contact. Let others know that you are thinking of them and praying for them. If you or someone that you know would benefit from being added to our prayer list, please let us know so that special prayers can be added for those in need. You may call the church at 704-872-6539 to add a name to the list.
I look forward to the time that we can resume our congregational worship and Bible studies together. Know that the Lord is with us.
In His love, Teresa Alexander
PREGNANCY RESOURCE CENTER OF STATESVILLE
During May and June, we honor our mothers and Fathers on their special day. How appropriate it is for our church during these two months, to recognize the gift of life by participating in the annual Baby Bottle campaign for the local Pregnancy Resource Center (PRC). Individual baby bottles can be found on the table next to the elevator. Church members can use them at home to collect loose change and/or make a donation to the work of the PRC. What a wonderful way to get the whole family involved in making a difference for Life! One bottle holds an average of $25 in change. The combined donations from all area churches are used each year to fund the various programs of the Statesville PRC. Check out the “2019 Eternal Statistics” for this agency listed below. Remember, the work isn’t finished yet. Please help in continuing this LIFE saving work. All baby bottles are due back to the church by June 28. If you choose to include a check, please make these payable to Pregnancy Resource Center. This outreach project is sponsored by Women’s Ministries. If you have any questions, please contact Cindy Arey-Schank.
The Baby Bottle Campaign is an opportunity to have hands-on involvement in saving the lives of unborn children and making a difference in the lives of their mothers.
A little pocket change (checks, bills, or coins) can mean so much, especially when it all comes together for a great cause.
Please pick-up an empty baby bottle today, fill it, and return to the church by June 28, 2020.
Call for Prayer from the Moderator (emailed 3/22/2020)
Leslie Holmes <>
Sun, Mar 22, 8:23 PM (2 days ago)
My Dear Friends,
Your response to the coronavirus pandemic inspires me in new ways each day as I hear of how our pastors and congregations are maximizing electronic and other means that make it possible for their people to worship and be served in many other ways. With the apostle, I can honestly say, "I thank my God every time I remember you." (Philippians 1:3). I am more convinced with each passing day that God, who has all this under His ultimate control, will turn this time into something good for Himself and for His church. Time will tell us what that will be, but I am convinced that Romans 8:28 holds true for each of us in such a time as this.
Each passing day brings news of the growing seriousness of this global viral crisis. For that reason, I write to you now asking that you join me in a season of prayer that God will quickly bring a positive end to this worldwide pandemic. As your Moderator, I am asking that we each would stop whatever we may be doing at 10 o'clock Eastern time each morning and pause in united prayer not only for an end to the pandemic but for a time of national and international revival. We are assured by God's word that, "If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land" (2 Chronicles 7:14). Let us claim this promise now!
Being conscious that many of you deal daily with health issues that make fasting medically inadvisable, I will not ask all of you to fast with me. However, where you are able and feel so inclined, perhaps you would join me in a time of fasting for a worldwide revival.
Pastors, by means of this letter, I am asking you to call your people to join us in prayer at 10 o'clock each morning. Please also call your non-ARP pastor friends and invite them and their congregations to join us also. Let's get God's people praying!
As always, you will be in my prayers each day. Keep up the good work for Jesus' sake.
Yours for building healthy churches and birthing healthy Christians,