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God's 911
by Tom Goodman
April 11, 2013

He was overwhelmed by personal and professional setbacks, and his friend knew it.

"You need to dial God's 911," the friend advised.

The troubled man grunted, "What are you talking about?"

"Psalm 91:1.  Actually, I like the rest of the verses, too.  But when I'm at my wit's end, I always remember where to turn by remembering the passage as God's 911."

That night the man opened his Bible to the verse:  "He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty."  He kept reading:  "I will say of the Lord, 'He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.'"  He continued to read the entire psalm.  And then he read it again.  He thanked God, he resolved to trust God's sustaining grace, and then he settled in to the first good sleep he had experienced in days.

I think most of us need a larger trust that leads to smaller worries.  When we distributed a ballot asking people to submit the questions they most wanted to ask God, one of the top six was "Can You Help Me Quit Worrying So Much?"

We began the series, "Questions I've Wanted to Ask God," on Easter Sunday.  You can review the first two sermons on our website.  This week we continue the series with Jesus' instructions against worry.  You can  prepare by reading Matthew 6:25-34.  Join us @ 10!

Pray Now for Our "Sweet Life Dessert Comedy Theater."  It may sound odd to ask for prayer for a comedy show, but this is no ordinary event.  In addition to the great desserts and the laughter, this event is a call to respond to the gospel.  Please pray for a great response!  The event is this Saturday, April 13!  Tickets are $10 in advance, and child care is available (only for those who purchase tickets in advance).  Time is running out!  Get tickets at the church office until Thursday during regular office hours (8:30am to 4:30pm), or purchase online.  Be sure to send your friends to the web page so they can see the promotional video.  Invite them to join you!


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