April / May - 2020 Vol. 109
by his wounds we are healed
By His Wounds We Are Healed
 - Isaiah 53:5-6 and 1 Peter 2:24

Times of stress, adversity, loss, and isolation can make us anxious, fearful, and self-absorbed - or it can refocus our attention on Christ and his kingdom of righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit. Let us not forget the exhortation which Scripture gives us -
"look to Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God" (Hebrews 12:2).
As we contemplate the victory Christ has won for us in his cross and resurrection, let us look to him, our great High Priest and Shepherd, who intercedes for us at his Father's right hand.

We are never alone because Christ lives in us through the power of the Holy Spirit who raised him from the dead. We are members of Christ's Body both here on earth and in heaven. Nothing can separate us from the love of Christ Jesus who has triumphed over sin, Satan, and death.

The Lord wants to shake from us everything that would distract or pull us away from him and his will for our lives. He wants to equip us for battle and mission and for a harvest which he is preparing. Let us shake off complacency, fear, and worldliness, and arm ourselves with the shield of faith, the breastplate of righteousness, the helmet of salvation, and the Sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God, and pray at all times in the Spirit... (Ephesians 6:14-18).

In this issue
Be sure to read the article by Bruce Yocum on "Reading the Signs of the Time": Covid19 - A Sign of the Times?

Sincerely in Christ,
Don Schwager

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