Worship Service – March 22, 2020

John 9: 24 & 25… A second time they summoned the man who had been blind. “Give glory to God, they said. We know that this man is a sinner.” He replied, “Whether he is a sinner or not,  I do not
know. One thing I do know. I was blind, but now I see!”

Dear Church Family,

 Since Sunday services are canceled due to a virus outbreak, I pray each of you will take the time to read scripture that was planned for each week.

 This week reading is from John, Chapter 9: 1-41, where Jesus heals a man born blind. In chapter 9, we see four different reactions to Jesus. The neighbors revealed surprise and
skepticism, the Pharisees show disbelief and prejudice, the parents believed but kept quiet for fear of excommunication, and the healed man showed consistent growing faith.

 A common belief in the Jewish culture was that calamity and suffering was a result of some great sin. But Jesus used this man’s suffering to teach about faith, and to glorify God.

We live in a fallen world where good behavior is not always rewarded, and bad behavior is not always punished.

 So then sometimes innocent people suffer. If God took suffering away whenever we asked, we would follow him for comfort and convenience and not out of love and devotion.

Regardless of the reasons for our suffering, Jesus has the power to help us deal with it.  When you suffer from disaster, tragedy or a disability, try not to ask why did this happen to me? Or, what did I do wrong?
Instead, ask God to give you strength for the trial and a clear perspective of what is happening.

As Jesus told his disciples and he teaches us in verse three that these things happen,” so that the work of God might be displayed.”

 Do you see God purposes in what is happening now? Are you like the blind man consistently growing in your faith, so that the work of God might be displayed in your life?

 In His Service,

 Pastor Joe

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