TMPC News Apil 2020

Dear TMPC Family,

 Where do you go for refuge at a time like this? Much of our taken for granted daily lives are on hold. Some predict the suicide rate to increase. I hope not but you never know. What people cling to for a meaningful life can be pretty flimsy. It feels like there is something terribly urgent hanging over our heads but we can’t really move urgently to do anything about it. We know as Christians that we are to find our refuge in God,

1God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. 2Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, Psalm 46:1-2.

What can be helpful in a time like this is to keep our minds oriented toward God in very specific ways. What can I think about God right now? In today’s strange schedule what can I do to anchor myself in Christ? How can I make sure I am focused and not cut adrift in today’s changing circumstances? I know there is no magic wand to wave over today’s problems but there is specific and concrete help. Obviously the Holy Spirit is with us to bring comfort and consolation, strength and encouragement, Without Him our faith inauthentic. And the Holy Spirit uses the revealed will of God, the Bible, to clarify reality for us and bring us into the presence of God. I would encourage you, particularly if you have a bit of time on your hands, to choose some passages of Scripture that you already know a little bit and get to memorising them so you can roll them over in your mind and meditate on them and bring them onto the scene when the scene changes toward more difficulty. Do you know Psalm 23 by heart? Pause here and try it. Did you get it? Or were there a few gaps? Or Psalm 1, or Psalm 51, or any other number of incredible passages that describe reality from God’s perspective (is there a better perspective?) and how we are to understand him and our relationship to him. Make it a goal to get at least one passage in your head and heart in the coming weeks. Let me know how it is going. Email, call, or text me; be encouraged, and let me know how it is going. I’ll be working on Psalm 2 as I haven’t been able to get it down smooth yet. It is amazing to get a little more inside a passage than normal and see wondrous things open up! Remember to pray for one another during this time and get into the ‘triplets’ for connection and fellowship.

 In Him, Pastor Dale