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Anchored in Christ Amidst the Storm

Anchored in Christ Amidst the Storm

Good evening, my brothers and sisters in Christ. Tonight, I reflect on my day through the lens of 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 (NKJV):

"Therefore, we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal."

Today was a good day. I spent time with Heather and the kids. Yet, as I enjoyed these moments, I couldn't help but reflect on the world around us. Our nation is mired in political turmoil, and society seems to be breaking down. Left and Right, we witness violence and polarization, and it feels forbidden to hold an opinion that doesn't conform to the prevailing narratives.

Local, state, federal, or foreign governments seem engulfed in tyranny. For ordinary people like us, it often feels like there's no place in this game. As a father of five, providing for my family is becoming increasingly difficult. We live in a world where the focus isn't on people experiencing poverty or those in need—whether in our own country or abroad. Our leaders seem more interested in funding proxy wars and enriching their cronies than in passing legislation that could genuinely help.

Many are more concerned with whether they wave an Israeli or Palestinian flag, often buying into political bandwagons and trying to force others into their causes. But I serve only Christ, and I always will. Society seems to lack discipline, accountability, and truth. Goodness is rare, and selfishness abounds. Yet, I continue to pray for this world, hoping for peace, even though the Bible warns of dark times ahead.

Ask yourselves: Are you prepared spiritually for what's to come?

Reflecting on God's Word:

1. Psalm 46:1-2 (NKJV)

"God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear, even though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea."

- During the chaos, God remains our steadfast refuge.

2. Philippians 4:6-7 (NKJV)

"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."

- Let us turn our anxieties into prayers, seeking God's peace.

3. John 16:33 (NKJV)

"These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world."

- Jesus has already overcome the world's troubles, giving us hope.

4. Romans 12:18 (NKJV)

"If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men."

- Strive for peace with everyone, embodying Christ's love.

5. Ephesians 4:2-3 (NKJV)

"With all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace."

- Maintain unity and peace through humility and love.

6. 1 Peter 3:8 (NKJV)

"Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous."

- Let compassion and kindness define our interactions.

Let us anchor our hearts in Christ in these troubled times, embodying His love, unity, and compassion. Let us stand firm in our faith, trusting in the eternal promises of God. As we navigate the storm, may we reflect His light in all we do.

In Christ, love Jared W Campbell

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