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Helping the Church Respond During Crisis

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When We Don’t Know What to Do – ADMITTING WEAKNESS

After this the Moabites and Ammonites, and with them some of the Meunites, came against Jehoshaphat for battle.  Some men came and told Jehoshaphat, “A great multitude is coming against you from Edom, from beyond the sea; and, behold, they are in Hazazon-tamar.”  Then Jehoshaphat was afraid and set his face to seek the Lord……
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When We Don’t Know What to Do – TRUST

We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you. (2 Chron. 20:12)  I’m hard pressed to think of a better prayer than that one, uttered by a desperate but confident Judean king named Jehoshaphat. Jehoshaphat’s ancient perspective is so applicable today. In his context, a dangerous delegation from Edom was closing in on Judah. But his…
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How the Church Responds

OUR HISTORY & THE PRESENT The early church was no stranger to plagues, epidemics, and mass hysteria. In fact, according to both Christian and non-Christian accounts, one of the main catalysts for the church’s explosive growth in its early years was the Christian response to crisis. Historically, the non-Christian response to the plague was characterized…
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Be Encouraged (Consider the Lillies)

The Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7) is a text worth reflecting on right now. As we continue to look to love and support our Star of Hope family I am deeply convicted that now is the time to rest in the Lord.  I know the tendency of our human nature is to busy ourselves with…
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Be Encouraged (Scripture)

What better thing than to look to God’s Word. Over and over again, the Scriptures describe the faithful not as those who never saw trouble, but as those who cried out to God in the midst of crisis. The men and women we remember as models faced great times of trouble and days of distress.…
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Be Encouraged (Love & Trust)

A Note to Update and Encourage If God calls us to focus on one thing, it’s how to love people well. The psalmist encourages us, “Trust in the LORD, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness” (Ps. 37:3). Peter reminds us to press on in the midst of every evil. Whether persecutions or pandemics,…
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Be Encouraged (Worry & Prayer)

  Star of Hope Family Members, As is often the case, it’s important to be reminded about what we already know. Worry is not our friend, and panic is not our way. Solomon reminds us, “If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small” (Prov. 24:10). May it never be said that God’s people…
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