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A Note From Rev. Art Apgar

Dear friends, May the Lord bless and keep you this day and always!

I remember the times in my life, while I was in the US Air Force, when I felt lonely, isolated and just plain scared. Maybe today youíre feeling a bit weary. Maybe you feel, as though your cup, once filled and overflowing with hope and happiness, is extremely low or has gone dry. Iíve been there, done that and bought a T-shirt! 

Putting my faith in Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior didnít guarantee me of an absence of battles, valleys and/or heart aches. But the Lord, through His Word, did assure me that as I encountered the many battles and valleys that would come that He would see me through them (Psalm 23: 4). As a believer, you have that same assurance! Know this that in our time of great need the Lord God gives not drops of refreshment but rivers in the desert; not a scanty sprinkling, but an infinite downpour as we ask Him and as we put our trust in Him (Psalm 46:1) (Matt 7:7 & 8). 

I have found that in Christ Jesus there is no cross too heavy nor intolerable that He canít make light and easy (Matt 11:28 & 29). There is no burden too large that He can not easily remove. He wants us to trust Him with all of our hearts (Proverbs 3:5 -8). To cast our burdens on Him (Psalm 55:22), and to wait on Him (Psalm 40:1-3). If you're like me, that waiting part is the hardest. Psalm 27:14 is a small map for you and I in our times of trouble. As believers in Christ Jesus we need to (wait) on Him, which is His condition; (to be strong and take courage) which shows us to trust in His support and His ability to sustain us. And as this verse repeats (wait) a second time He reminds us not to give up but to persevere (I John 4:4).

I would have despaired (fainted) in the midst of my personal seasons of the storm while I was in the Air Force (and afterwards) but Godís Word has sustained me these many years (Psalm 27:13) (Psalm 119:105). In 1971 while I was recovering a Navy hospital for over month I read my Bible and found words of comfort and encouragement that calmed my fears and faintness of heart. His Word will do that for you as well.

Let me know how I can be praying for you!

In His Grip,
Art Apgar

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