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Abilene, TX
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Hope in God

Hope in God

This has been one of the most difficult weeks for our nation. That terrorist attacks could bring such death and destruction to unsuspecting people is absolutely unthinkable. Yet the numbers of the dead and wounded from these attacks will be extraordinary.

In the midst of our stunned disbelief, as Christians we must respond appropriately. How are we to do so? Here's what I glean from Scripture.

First, trust God fully and solely. Psalm 119:114, "You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in Your word." God has proven Himself to be trustworthy in the past; He can be trusted now.

Second, have courage in the face of tragedy. "Be strong and of good courage...Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go" (Joshua 1:5-7,9). This is the time for our nation to be strong, and Christians are the strength of our nation.

Third, as Christians we have both the privilege and the responsibility to pray. The situation is serious, but God is strong. "Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know" (Jeremiah 33:3).

Here are some prayer points:

* the victims and families of the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks;

* the victims of other apparent terrorist attacks throughout the country;

* the President and his aides as they formulate a response;

* the response of Christians who minister to those who hurt;

Fourth, don't give up hope. The psalmist asked, "Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me?" and then he responded, "Hope in God; For I shall yet praise Him" (Psalm 43:5).

God is in control. Trust Him and pray without ceasing. Hope in God. Amen.

Grace and peace to you,

For Mercy Street Ministries, Iím Stan Baldwin.

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