“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling” (Psalm 46:1-3). Let us notice two words from this passage:
The first word, “refuge,” refers to a hiding place, a secure place, a shelter. Often, what we need in the trials of life is a quiet place where we can go to still our souls.
The second word the psalmist used is “strength.” “Refuge” speaks of defensive protection; “strength” speaks of offensive protection. We cannot spend our lives in a safe place; we have to get out and live life. When we do, God gives us the strength to meet life’s challenges
God is always accessible and ready to help.
While sickness, disease, disaster, and death occur in our world, we must look to God. God gives each one of us the choice to accept His love, mercy, grace, and help. The free-will of man (Genesis 2:17) has been created in each of us and God gives us the choice to either accept Him or reject Him. The gospel (good news) that Jesus brings is conditioned upon our decision whether to obey or disobey. Desiring God’s protection in this world in being our refuge and strength should not blind us from desiring His protection in eternity to come.
Hopefully, the Covid-19 pandemic has reminded us of Psalm 46:1 and has helped us to refocus our lives on what is really important.
* Congratulations to Matt & Sandy Ibbetson on the birth of their twin boys; Joseph Caius, and Joshua Fortis.
* Congratulations to Michael & Devette Hogan on their marriage this past Saturday. We wish them both the best as they begin their life together.
* Mary Carter is trying to manage her pain while waiting for surgery.
* Shirley Jeffers will have an injection Monday to try to manage her pain.
* Aaron Passmore continues to seek solutions for the extended health issue he has been dealing with.
* Josh Buchanan’s parents have been diagnosed with Covid-19. They are home and managing.
* Brian Buchanan’s parents, Bilucky & Betty are dealing with health issues.
* Remember Keith Franklin’s sister; Tan Franklin.
* Joe Theado’s sister Helen is hospitalized with tests being run to determine if an infection has spread to her brain. Additionally, their neighbor’s daughter, Robin, was recently diagnosed with breast cancer and is waiting for pathology & treatment.
Online Study, Prayer, & Worship
Þ Livestream Worship
Each Sunday morning at 10:30 am. Tune in to our Gold Hill Youtube.com/user/goldhillchurch.
Þ Children’s Bible Class
Sunday’s with Emily Hatfield. Youtube.com/user/goldhillchurch.
Þ Families & Fellowship
Sunday, April 26th at 6:00 pm on ZOOM. Designed to engage families with younger children.
Þ Lunchtime Prayer
Tuesday’s at noon with Keith Franklin & Robert Hatfield via our Gold Hill Facebook page. Prayer requests are made through the comments in the live video.
Þ Call From Elders
Expect to receive a call update from our Elders each Tuesday.
Þ Wednesday Bible Study
Robert Hatfield & Steve Miller are leading a study discussion on family/church relationships. Watch for new episodes each Wednesday afternoon through our Facebook page or Youtube.com/user/goldhillchurch.
Þ Wednesday MS/ HS Class
Available via ZOOM on Wednesday’s at 7pm with Clay Batts, Eric Bitting & Eric Haskin.