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Five Bible Verses to Remember When You’re Overwhelmed by the News

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Social media can be great; it provides a bridge to people with whom we might otherwise rarely — if ever — connect. As believers, it can also give us access to specific details, so that our prayers can be more attuned to the myriad needs that exist in the world. But if ever there was a double-edged sword, this is it.

There is all kinds of research showing social media use is inextricably linked to increases in depression and anxiety. It’s no wonder: we’re trying to force a round peg into a square hole. As image bearers of God, we are designed to be co-creators through communication, but social media is a poor tool for that. Rather than establishing space to create, social media calls upon our worst instincts: to react, repress, and retreat.

We are unendingly assailed by the churn of social media, constantly bombarded with discouraging, complex, and sometimes even scary information, left with only a small arsenal of often unhelpful options: reacting rather than acting, repressing rather than expressing and processing, and retreating or isolating instead of pressing in and adapting.

Human beings weren’t designed to take in so much information, particularly when there is little immediate action we can take to address it. There’s no doubt in social media’s usefulness, but we have to learn to master it so it doesn’t master us, and that starts with setting boundaries, such as taking time away from it all, limiting who we follow, and remembering we don’t always have to engage, and focusing on our purpose, which is to glorify God in all things, to simply do the next right thing in front of us, and take our burdens to the Lord in prayer.

The 20th century pastor and author A.W. Tozer once wrote, “Sometimes, when we get overwhelmed, we forget how big God is.” What a profound truth, particularly in the social media age.

Below are five Bible passages to keep in mind as you use social media:

PHILIPPIANS 4:6

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Main takeaway: We don’t have to carry our concerns, worries, and fears in isolation. The Apostle Paul said that in every single circumstance, we can tell God what we are feeling and, as a result, the Lord will protect our hearts and minds from the weight of this world.

ROMANS 8:26

“In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.”

Main takeaway: More often than not, it seems, the issues before us are too complex and troubling to understand. In this passage, Paul made it clear the Holy Spirit helps us communicate our requests to God. We can rest assured He is advocating for us in our confusion and lack.

COLOSSIANS 3:1-2

“Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.”

Main takeaway: While we should certainly be informed and engaged, we should not despair as if we have no hope. Ultimately, as Paul wrote, our lives are not determined or controlled by forces on this earth. Our security is in Jesus, and that should guide our thinking.

MATTHEW 6:30

“If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will He not much more clothe you — you of little faith?”

Main takeaway: Even if His provision doesn’t look the way we think it should, God can be trusted to meet our greatest needs. If He cares enough about the earth to cover it in brilliant colors that quickly fade, how much more does God care for you, for whom He sent His Son, Jesus, to die?

ROMANS 12:2

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is — His good, pleasing, and perfect will.”

Main takeaway: While we certainly ought to engage in the world, Paul warned against becoming so consumed by its trappings that we begin to mirror it. Instead, we should set boundaries and see the temporary circumstances around us through the lens of our renewed minds, which come through sanctification as a result of salvation through Jesus.

The Lord is eager to meet us in every situation and circumstance, including when we’re overwhelmed by the constant flow of information fed to us by our newsfeeds. Take some time today to turn off your phone and focus on our priority: Jesus.
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Hope on Capitol Hill: ‘There Are a Great Number’ in Congress ‘Who Want to Bring Honor to God’

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I stood in awe at what a wonderful opportunity the Reverend Billy Graham statue unveiling event proved to be in terms of sharing the Gospel message. This month, within the walls of the elegant Statuary Hall in the United States Capitol, a prominent and faithful preacher was remembered and honored. Several speakers took the time to preach the good news, calling for those listening to put their faith in Jesus, “the Lord of lords and the King of kings,” as Senate Chaplain Barry Black proclaimed.

Looking at the world around us, especially when surrounded by contentious politics, it can feel utterly overwhelming and chaotic. Division appears to be the norm, and hope for a better society or government often feels scarce. But two weeks ago, I was struck with the beauty of hearing the Gospel proclaimed not once, not twice, but at least three or four times in the heart of our nation. It gave me hope. It was encouraging to listen as members of Congress, the Speaker of the House, and other authoritative figures represent Christ boldly. Who knows what seeds were planted? Perhaps their boldness will inspire other influential figures to be bold as well.

However, the question that lingered in my mind following the event was: How many faithful Believers do we have in our government? The short answer is that I don’t know exactly. But clearly, there are more than meets the eye. It would also seem there’s far more being done within the walls of the Capitol to edify, encourage, and equip Believers in government to stand firm.

A few weeks ago, I attended a lecture through Faith & Law (FL). If you’re unfamiliar, FL met for the first time on Capitol Hill in 1983 with pastor and theologian Dr. R.C. Sproul as their guest speaker. Other prominent FL speakers include Carl F.H. Henry, Os Guinness, and Nancy Pearcey. According to their website, FL’s “mission is to encourage and equip Christian policymakers to more fully understand the Biblical worldview and its implication in their calling to the public square.” The FL event I attended featured Ligonier Ministries’ CEO Chris Larson and Chairman Robert Godfrey to discuss the current challenges Christians face in society.

“Christians, along with a lot of other people in our society, are confused these days,” Godfrey said. “Things have changed a lot” in recent years, and “the source of our confusion,” Godfrey added, “is that a major shift has occurred in western history” in that we have dramatically shifted away from Christendom—the state of having a Christian-majority. That was Godfrey’s argument, but it’s not unique to him. A variety of scholars and experts refer to our day as a post-Christian society. But, as Godfrey emphasized, Christianity is not the same as Christendom. And so, to say we have moved away from Christendom in no ways means Christianity is of the past.

The societal turning point Godfrey emphasized was the legalization of same-sex marriage. Interestingly, he wasn’t arguing that the legalization marked the degradation of Christendom, but rather, that the public reaction did. Christendom served as a way of “establishing Christianity in law in some sense,” Godfrey said, and in many ways, it was a “unifying factor of civilization.” But in 2015, when the Obergefell decision legalized same-sex marriage, we saw that unity slip farther away. As Godfrey noted, a serious, vehement, and organized effort to overturn that decision did not seem to occur. Were there many against it? Surely.

But it stands to reason many lawmakers, such as former President Barrack Obama, who once claimed to oppose homosexual marriage, now champion the ideology. The same is true as we investigate society. Today, the push for LGBT ideology feels inescapable—and with pride month just around the corner, it will soon make that cultural domination painfully blatant. This sweeping secularism seems most obvious in the Pride mayhem, but it’s also seen in the rampant push for killing the unborn, the increased justification (and perhaps encouragement) of crime, and the list continues.

So, what’s there to glean from these observations? Well, according to Godfrey, the most important takeaway from this breakdown of moral impact on society, at least for Christians, is to recognize God’s sovereignty over all things. This is the first step towards garnering peace in a world of confusion and calamity. Regardless of the current cultural climate, we serve a God who’s in control of all. Hebrews 13:8 says our Lord “is the same yesterday and today and forever.” So, really, there’s no failure in store for the one with faith, because our God is a God of victory, and He’s secured His kingdom from now into eternity. “I will build My Church,” Jesus proclaimed, “and the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:18).

But the second step in securing peace during a time of frustration would be to pay attention to how the Lord is working in government. In my short time in DC, I’ve seen groups such as Faith & Law, the Word on the Hill, and others faithfully raise up Gospel truth within our Capitol. There are also plenty of congressional members who carry the armor of God into their political battles, and they need our prayers and support. In a conversation with Representative Michael Guest (R-MS), I got a glimpse into what it means to be a Christian lawmaker.

“You know,” Guest said, “I think we’re all challenged at certain times in life, whether you serve in a public capacity or whether you have a job in the private sector.” But a particular challenge Guest highlighted is how much time he must spend away from his family. Community is crucial, especially for the Believer, and it’s taxing to be away from home so frequently. The congressman explained how he’ll often be traveling Monday through Friday for four to five weeks in a row, with little time for his family on the weekends. In this regard, Guest makes sure to have a strong Christian community in his personal life, as they’re what “keep us grounded and … on track,” he told The Washington Stand.

Reflecting on when he first came to Congress, he emphasized, “it was important … for me to find fellow Believers.” And by God’s grace, he did. Guest shared there are multiple ways in which the word of God is alive and active on the Hill. “There’s a group of Believers … that meet every Wednesday morning when we’re in session, and we spend time in God’s word and time in prayer.”

He continued, “[W]e have the prayer caucus that meets between votes,” which he noted provides “the opportunity to be with those Believers and to pray about the things that we’re going to be doing that week in Congress.” And in addition to praying about their work, Guest said the prayer caucus also serves “to bring forward individual prayer requests of people in our district who may be suffering from some sort of bad diagnosis, or [may have just] lost loved ones.” Ultimately, “[T]here are a number of ways in which members can be plugged in with other members of similar faith and belief. And I think in this environment, it is so important to find those fellow Believers you can associate with.”

When it comes to having faith and being in government, Guest urged that both in words and in action, Christians are called to be a witness to the light of the Gospel. “Being able to share your faith and being able to talk about the things that God has done in your life is important,” he said, “but I [think], as a Believer, people are watching how we act. Do we act as the world acts, or do we act different? Do people see something different about us than they do non-Believers?”

Guest concluded, “I think it’s important for people to know that there are a great number of Believers here on Capitol Hill. … [P]eople who want to bring honor and glory to God” and “see our nation turn from our sinful ways and want to see God continue to bless this land that we’ve been so proud to call home for so long. … God is not done with America,” he insisted. “We have great days ahead, and … there are men and women of faith in Washington, DC and in our state capitals and in our local government who God will use to continue to see that we prosper.” S
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അറ്റ്ലാൻ്റ ചർച്ച് ഓഫ് ഗോഡ്, എവരി ഹോം ബൈബിൾ സ്കൂൾ സംഘടിപ്പിക്കുന്ന ബൈബിൾ സ്റ്റഡി മെയ് 28 മുതൽ 31 വരെ നടക്കും. ഇന്ത്യൻ സമയം രാവിലെ 5.30 മുതൽ ഓൺലൈനിലാണ് ക്ലാസ് നടക്കുന്നത്. പ്രഭാഷകനും വേദാധ്യാപകനും ചർച്ച് ഓഫ് ഗോഡ് കേരളാ സ്റ്റേറ്റ് അപ്പോളജറ്റിക്സ് ഡയറക്ടർ പാസ്റ്റർ ജെയ്സ് പാണ്ടനാട് ഉണർവ്വ് ബൈബിൾ അടിസ്ഥാനത്തിൽ എന്ന വിഷയത്തെ അധികരിച്ച് വിഷയാവതരണം നടത്തും. പാസ്റ്റർ സി വി ആൻഡ്രൂസ്( പേട്രൺ.പാസ്റ്റർ) പാസ്റ്റർ എബി മാമൻ(സീനിയർ പാസ്റ്റർ) എന്നിവർ നേതൃത്വം നൽകും.
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ടെക്സസ്, ഒക്ലഹോമ, അർക്കൻസാസ്, കെൻ്റക്കി ചുഴലിക്കാറ്റിൽ 15 പേർ മരിച്ചു

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ടെക്സാസ് :ഞായറാഴ്ച രാജ്യത്തിൻ്റെ മധ്യഭാഗത്തുടനീളമുള്ള ശക്തമായ കൊടുങ്കാറ്റും ചുഴലിക്കാറ്റും ടെക്സസ്, ഒക്ലഹോമ, അർക്കൻസാസ്, കെൻ്റക്കി എന്നിവിടങ്ങളിൽ 15 പേരെങ്കിലും കൊല്ലപ്പെടുകയും നിരവധി പേർക്ക് പരിക്കേൽക്കുകയും ചെയ്തു മേഖലയിലുടനീളമുള്ള ലക്ഷക്കണക്കിന് വീടുകളിലും ബിസിനസ്സുകളിലും വൈദ്യുതി തടസ്സപ്പെടുകയും ചെയ്തു. .

ഒക്ലഹോമ അതിർത്തിക്ക് സമീപം ഡാളസിൽ നിന്ന് 60 മൈൽ വടക്ക് വാലി വ്യൂവിനടുത്തുള്ള ഒരു ചുഴലിക്കാറ്റ് വീശിയടിച്ചപ്പോൾ കുറഞ്ഞത് ഏഴ് പേരെങ്കിലും മരിച്ചു – അവരിൽ നാല് കുട്ടികൾ -. ഞായറാഴ്ച പുലർച്ചെ 60-ലധികം താമസക്കാർ അഭയം തേടിയ സമീപത്തെ ട്രാവൽ സെൻ്ററിലും ഗ്യാസ് സ്റ്റേഷൻ സമുച്ചയത്തിലും കൊടുങ്കാറ്റ് ആഞ്ഞടിച്ചപ്പോൾ “നിരവധി” ആളുകൾക്ക് പരിക്കേറ്റതായി അദ്ദേഹം പറഞ്ഞു.

കടപുഴകിവീണ മരങ്ങളും വൈദ്യുതി ലൈനുകളും റോഡുകളിലേക്കുള്ള പ്രവേശനം തടഞ്ഞതിനാൽ തിരച്ചിലും രക്ഷാപ്രവർത്തനവും സങ്കീർണ്ണമായതായി സാപ്പിംഗ്ടൺ പറഞ്ഞു.

ഞങ്ങൾ പുനർനിർമ്മിക്കും, ഇത് ടെക്സാസാണ്,” അദ്ദേഹം പറഞ്ഞു. “നമുക്ക് വസ്തുവകകൾ പുനർനിർമ്മിക്കാം, എന്നാൽ ജീവൻ നഷ്ടമായത് ദാരുണമാണ്.”

അയോവയിൽ ചുഴലിക്കാറ്റിൽ അഞ്ച് പേർ കൊല്ലപ്പെടുകയും ഡസൻ പേർക്ക് പരിക്കേൽക്കുകയും ചെയ്തതിന് അഞ്ച് ദിവസത്തിന് ശേഷമാണ് ഈ ദുരന്തം. രണ്ടാഴ്ച മുമ്പ് ഹൂസ്റ്റണിൽ കൊടുങ്കാറ്റ് വീശിയടിച്ചപ്പോൾ കുറഞ്ഞത് എട്ട് പേർ മരിച്ചിരുന്നു
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