A Word of Encouragement – Lay Leader Tim Olsen

John 3:16

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

What more can we say? We as humans have a tendency to make things more complicated and difficult than they really are. Let us as Christians simply be about our fathers business of telling those we share our lives with on a daily basis (fellow workers, schoolmates, business associates, family members etc.) the good news we have found in this scripture and that dwells within our hearts and lives! And all the more as we see the day of Christ’s return approaching!

A Word of Encouragement – Lay Leader Tim Olsen

Hey Church, our word for the week is Psalms 20:7
Psalms 20:7

Some trust in chariots and some in horses,
    but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.

In this time of uncertainty and worry in the world around us. One thing that we’ve seen is that the “chariots” of the world have failed, the “horses” of the world have failed, but we can stand firm if we remember the name of the Lord our God. I want to encourage you to continue to build that relationship with Him through prayer and Bible study, and continue to seek opportunities to witness to others in word and deed.

A Word of Encouragement – Lay Leader Tim Olsen

Hey church our encouraging word for this week is found in Matthew 7:24-27, Jesus said,

Matthew 7:24-27

“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”

When some things happen in our lives that are difficult (the storms of life), what our spiritual foundation is made of is revealed and tested. In the word of the old hymn “on Christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand,” I want to encourage you to take each day to strengthen that “foundation” by spending time with God in prayer and bible reading and in service to others.

A Word of Encouragement – Lay Leader Tim Olsen

Hey church, our encouraging word for this week is Ephesians 3:20-21

Ephesians 3:20-21

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

What an opportunity we have now to be the hands and feet and voice of Jesus in a world that is desperately searching for answers. I encourage you to be about the business of looking for ways and asking God each day for opportunities to serve others whether in deed or word and to do so in a safe and responsible manner.

A Word of Encouragement – Lay Leader Tim Olsen

Hey church, We’re living in uncertain times like our country hasn’t seen in many years. We have to make decisions each day that we’re unsure of and even our government and medical people are unsure of. But we know” one” who is sure and knows all things. He promises in Proverbs 3:5-6

Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord with all your heart
    and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
    and he will make your paths straight.

I encourage you now more than ever to seek the leading of the Holy Spirit and be obedient to that leading in all areas of your life. Jesus promises in John 14:27

John 14:27

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

A Word of Encouragement – Lay Leader Tim Olsen

For those of you in the congregation that are not a part of our Life Group or Sunday School class, I want to give you a word of encouragement to day from Isaiah 26:3.

Isaiah 26:3

You will keep in perfect peace
    those whose minds are steadfast,
    because they trust in you.

At times like these that we’re experiencing now it’s easy for our minds to get off God and on our worries and all the news that we see and hear around us. The apostle Paul teaches us in Philippians 4:8

Philippians 4:8

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

So now as our Jewish friends celebrate Passover and we as Christians celebrate Easter, let us remember that God protected his people from the angel of death because of the sacrificial blood on their doorposts, so let us be thankful this Easter weekend that we have the blood of Christ on the doorposts of our hearts. Our sins have been forgiven because of the price he paid for us. Our redemption has been sealed if we accept his gift to us.

A Word of Encouragement – Lay Leader Tim Olsen

I wanted to send a word of encouragement to each of you in the congregation. So in keeping with our practice in Life Group of picking a promise from God’s Word each week, this week’s promise is from Psalms 91 and is well suited for the things that are happening in our world today.

Psalms 91:1-7

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
    will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
    my God, in whom I trust.”

Surely he will save you
    from the fowler’s snare
    and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with his feathers,
    and under his wings you will find refuge;
    his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
You will not fear the terror of night,
    nor the arrow that flies by day,
nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
    nor the plague that destroys at midday.
A thousand may fall at your side,
    ten thousand at your right hand,
    but it will not come near you.

Let’s stand on this promise!