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Terry's Blog

Lifelines
By Randy Marshall

Articles are sorted with the most recently posted at the top.

God's Whisper in the Darkness
Posted March 26, 2020

Psalm 46:1-3, 10-11

“God is our refuge and strength,
    an ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth gives way
    and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam
    and the mountains quake with their surging.

He says, ‘Be still, and know that I am God;
    I will be exalted among the nations,
    I will be exalted in the earth.’

The Lord Almighty is with us;
    the God of Jacob is our fortress.”


It is infinitely comforting to know that even when the improbable becomes reality, we can live without fear.  During times like this, we need to be mindful of God’s promises.  He is our refuge.  He is our strength.  He is an ever-present help in trouble.  The Lord Almighty is with us.  Even though…you fill in the blank:  waters roar and foam, sickness strikes, markets tumble, trials overwhelm, uncertainties abound, relationships become strained, whatever life brings or your mind can imagine…even though…He is with us, providing us perspective and power from above.  We are confidently assured that He is not just a God “somewhere out there,” rather, the one true God resides at the core of our being.  Today, and every day, God whispers in the darkness of our fears:  “Be still, and know that I am God!”  Stillness before God and relying on His calm, powerful and intimate presence has brought comfort through the ages. His comfort is available to us all, at all times, especially in times like this!

Have a great (and comforting) week!

Randy


Throw Out the Lifeline!
Posted March 12, 2020

Throw out the lifeline! In 1888, Reverend Edward S. Ufford was visiting Point Alverton, Mass. He observed a coastal lifesaving station where men were practicing rescue procedures. One of the drills they practiced was throwing a lifeline to those struggling in the water. As he watched, it occurred to him how saving those in danger had parallels to the work of believers and the urgency of the church's mission. This realization led him to write the words of the old hymn, "Throw Out The Lifeline."

In 2020 and beyond, the church remains a life-saving station and a place where believers can be trained and equipped to throw out the lifeline to those in need - both inside and outside the walls of the church building. White Bluff Chapel has a rich history of helping those who struggle - physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. The waves of life can be strong and overwhelming, but the power of the Gospel brings a supernatural calm and peace. God has entrusted us to throw out the lifeline of God's grace and mercy to those who are facing daily struggles, as well as those who feel the weight of life is causing them to go under! Every day, we should seek to fulfill the commission to share the life-saving truth of God's Word to our community and a world in need.

I appreciate the opportunity to begin writing this biweekly article. As Susie and I anticipate our arrival to WBC, this is an avenue to further engage with you. I have decided to call the article, "Lifelines." My desire is to share words of truth and personal perspective as we seek to fulfill the mission God has entrusted to each of us, joining hands to provide lifelines of God's presence, power, and provision.

Have a great week!

Randy