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God is our Refuge and Strength


This week we endured yet another hurricane in our beloved state. Like you, I often find myself watching the spaghetti bands modeling the storm’s path. For the most part, they are usually in agreement but every now and then, there is a model that just seems quite the contrary. I certainly recognize the importance of science and technology and know God is the One who has given us the head space to create such things. I also am one who believes religion and science can co-exist and that in most instances, science proves the faith we confess. Even though I know these things when a storm comes it can at times foster some gut felt feelings of uncertainty or apprehension. Let me share with you a Psalm that always helps me when those thoughts may come:

“God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble. So we will not fear when earthquakes come and the mountains crumble into the sea. Let the oceans roar and foam. Let the mountains tremble as the waters surge! A river brings joy to the city of God, the sacred home of the Most High. God dwells in that city; it cannot be destroyed. From the very break of day, God will protect it. The nations are in chaos, and their kingdoms crumble! God’s voice thunders, and the earth melts! The Lord of Heaven’s Armies is here among us; the God of Israel is our fortress.

Come, see the glorious works of the Lord: See how He brings destruction upon the world. He causes wars to end throughout the earth. He breaks the bow and snaps the spear; He burns the shields with fire. Be still, and know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the world.’ The Lord of Heaven’s Armies is here among us; the God of Israel is our fortress.” —Psalm 46

— Pastor Bob


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