Sep 27, 2015 - Rev Matt Tuggle
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We loved worshiping with you all yesterday! This Sunday we’ll wrap up Hello Hurricane, and next week we’ll start a new series focusing on our relationships (friendship, dating, marriage). We hope to see youSunday!
There is a small group starting specifically for members of The Chapel community. Matt and Alison Jacob will be leading the group and they are awesome! If you have any interest in joining, please email them ( , ) or Group Life Coordinator Lauri Lueder ( ).
Recap- Hello Hurricane: The Eye
Last week, our take home sentence was: The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. This week, we’ll be focusing on the middle stanza of Psalm 23 which consists of just one verse:
Even though I walk in the darkest valley,
I fear no evil;
for you are with me.
Your rod and your staff--
they comfort me.
This week, our take home sentence is: I fear no evil, for you are with me.
It’s important to realize here that we are not declaring that we believe the world is free of evil- to say so would be foolish. This verse is saying that we don’t need to fear the evil of this world because the Lord is with us.
You might notice that the point of view changes during this middle stanza. Stanzas 1 and 3 are in 3rd person (The Lord, he, the shepherd), but stanza 2 changes to 2nd person. It is more intimate: you are with me.
It’s often in the valley that we meet the shepherd face to face.
When tragedy strikes, we tend to become most aware that the Lord is, indeed, with us. The truth is that he is always there. This week, we want to encourage our community to begin living that way now.
Your challenge this week is to spend 1 full minute each day in silence drawing near to the Lord. Push out of your mind everything that tends to blur our vision and make it harder to see how close the Lord is. Spend a minute just sitting in his presence.
If we start that practice now, it will help prepare us for the moments when the storms hit.
I fear no evil, for you are with me. Reflect on that truth this week.
Tuesday: Psalm 23:1-6
Wednesday: Romans 5:1-11
Thursday: Romans 5:12-17
Friday: Romans 5:18-21