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#IsraelReview

Check out our 2nd Israel recap video sharing some of what we saw and learned during our visit to Caesarea Maritima:

 


#WorshipWednesdays

#WORSHIPWEDNESDAYS

Meredith Palicte, Worship & Internationals Minister
 
In the midst of everything that is going on in the world right now, it is easy to feel defeated because there are so many unknowns. We don’t know how long this pandemic will last, how it will impact us, or how the world will be changed because of it. However; we know the One who is unchanging. I take great comfort in knowing that our faithful God is the same yesterday, today and forever! (Hebrews 13:8)

When we look at the Bible, we see many examples of people going through times of trouble and hardship where they couldn’t see the end result. I wonder if the Israelites, while wandering in the desert, felt a little bit like we do now- wondering how long they would have to wait for “normal” to resume.

We can find great hope in knowing that the same God who rescued the Israelites from Egypt and brought them into the Promised Land, the God who saved Daniel from the lion’s den, the One who healed the sick and raised the dead- is the same God who will see us through the coronavirus pandemic.

So when our minds start to wander down the spiral of anxious thoughts, when we find ourselves dwelling on the unknowns- instead of letting our thoughts stay there- we can shift them upward. Instead of looking at the present circumstances, let’s fill our minds with the truth we know about the unchanging God.

The worship team helped compile this playlist of songs that will remind us of who God is. As you listen and sing along, you will be proclaiming the eternal characteristics of God: that He is worthy, He is holy, He is great, He is always faithful, He’s the great I am, the Lion and the Lamb, the Salt and Light…He’s the Way-maker, He’s always good and He is holy, holy, holy!

I pray that you will be encouraged as you listen and sing along!

 



#IsraelReview

Check out some of what our Israel group saw and learned during their time in Joppa (present day Jaffa). #IsraelReview
 



#WorshipWednesdays

Fanny Crosby’s 200th Birthday

Today would have been Fanny Crosby’s 200th birthday! Fanny was an American songwriter and poet who wrote over 8,000 hymns in her lifetime! Many of these hymns are still sung in churches around the world today- in fact we just sang one this past Sunday (Blessed Assurance). Did you know that Fanny became blind as an infant? One time a preacher told her “I think it is a great pity that the Master did not give you sight when He showered so many other gifts upon you.” Her quick response was “Do you know that if at birth I had been able to make one petition, it would have been that I should be born blind?” “Why?” the surprised minister asked. “Because when I get to heaven, the first face that shall ever gladden my sight will be that of my Savior!” I hope you enjoy this playlist of some of Fanny’s most famous songs. #UABCWorshipWednesdays