Pastor's Note
A Word From the Pastor, Reverend, Joshua B. Shuster

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Reverend, Joshua B. Shuster
Senior Pastor,
Reverend, Joshua B. Shuster
Don't Give Up: Accept Help from Others By Rick Warren

"When desperate people give up on God Almighty, their friends, at least, should stick with them" (Job 6:14 The Message).

When we've had a loss or disappointment, the natural reaction is to withdraw from others. This is a bad idea! God doesn't want you to try handling pain or loss or stress by yourself. The Bible says, "When desperate people give up on God Almighty, their friends, at least, should stick with them" (Job 6:14 The Message). God commands us to bear each other's burdens! We're told to "encourage one another and build each other up" (1 Thessalonians 5:11 NIV). Every one of us will experience difficulties and pain. Pain is the great equalizer. It doesn't mat-ter if you're rich or poor, old or young. Every one of us will face troubles. This is why small groups are so important. The Bible says, "By helping each other with your troubles, you truly obey the law of Christ" (Galatians 6:2 NCV). Job says, "Anyone who withholds kindness from a friend forsakes the fear of the Almighty" (Job 6:14 NIV). The Good News Translation says, "In trouble like this I need loyal friends — whether I've forsaken God or not." Every person needs Christian friends who will stand alongside you even when you say, "I don't think I be-lieve in God right now" and who will nurse you back to faith. Pastor Rick Warren does a great job of starting to ask a question: who are your friends? The people that we surround ourselves with are important. These people influence us and help the decisions we make. These people will be there, or not be there, during our difficult times. Who is surrounding you? Are they building you up or tearing you down spiritually, personally, and emotionally? May we be a people that surround ourselves with good people and be an encouragement to others. Amen

Blessings,
Pastor Josh

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