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March 2020 – “Don’t Worry” – Coronavirus Update and Message from Pastor Paul Tilley
By now you have likely heard all the bad news from the press that you mind can handle. If someone would have told me two weeks ago that soon, every church door will be closed, every bar and casino will be closed and people will be confined to their home I would have said, “What have you been drinking?”
Literally, in the twinkling of an eye, things have changed. the world has been smitten with fear and anxiety. Not being able to bring encouraging words to the Body of Christ from the pulpit, I want to send out snippets to encourage your hearts in a time the world is overwhelmed with fear.
Historians will probably call our era “the age of anxiety.” Anxiety is the natural result when our hopes are centered in anything short of God and His will for us.” – Billy Graham
When Billy Graham wrote those words in 1965 no one knew how true they would be many years later.
At it’s best, worry distracts us from our relationship with God and the truth that He is “Lord of heaven and earth” (Matthew 11:25). At it’s worst, worry is a crippling disease, taking over our minds and plunging our thoughts into darkness.
But God wants so much more for us than to walk through life full of fear, worry and anxiety.
“Do not be anxious about anything”, the Bible tells us in the book of Philippians chapter 4, “but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Our instructions do not stop there. the chapter goes on to tell believers exactly what we should focus and it is NOT fear, terrorism, illness, disease, death or evil.
“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worth of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me – practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you“. (Philippians 4: 8-9, ESV, emphasis added)
I want to encourage you during this time of unrest. We may find society does not have the answers to our unrest. But God does.
Replace your worry with the confidence that:
- God has everything under control.
- God has not forgotten about you.
- God hears you when you call on Him.
- God will get us through every crisis.
The church is not confined to the walls that are around us as we have the honor of worshiping together. That is a building the church gathers in. But wherever we are, the church is. You and I are the church. this is a time for the world to panic but it is a time for the church to have hope in the God we serve.
I do not know what tomorrow holds, but I have the confidence of knowing who holds tomorrow for me and you. It is God.
“Turn your eyes upon Jesus
Look full in his wonderful face
And the things of this earth will grow strangely dim
In the eyes of his glory and grace”
“Keep your eyes on the Master”
Welcome to 2020. Our vision statement for the year comes from 1 Thessalonians 5:21 “…Hold fast to that which is good.”
All hands on deck to utilize the giftings and call that God has placed upon us as individuals and as a church here in our Redding community. The fiery, sticky, anointing of God’s Presence brings a refreshing Oasis of resolve and light through His Word and the Cross of Jesus Christ – touching lives and hearts of many.
Click to visit the 2020 Vision Page.
Faith Assembly started back in 1967 with just a hand-full of people. Much has changed over the past almost fifty years but many of the same values and principles that have built Faith Assembly are still in place and continue to guide our church. We believe church should be relevant and exciting. A place where you can meet with God and get involved in his purpose. We believe you should be able to find a place of discovery and a home where you can experience God’s presence.
We are a church family who love coming together. Join Us!
Visit our Services page to see our monthly activities and weekly service times.
We trust that on the pages of this site you will find answers to the questions you might have about God, Life and Church. We’ve sought to make this site easy to navigate and hope that you’ll learn more about God and Faith Assembly.
What to Expect at Faith Assembly
You will enjoy inspirational worship, prayer and a practical, down-to-earth messages that will relate to your everyday life. You will leave feeling different from when you came in.
Church really ought to be fun and life-changing – and the beautiful thing about Jesus is that He never leaves us the same. Having spent time in the presence of the Lord, you will feel different.
We know that whether you have infants or older children you need a safe place for them to learn. We also know that your kids want to have lots of fun. You’ll find that our nurseries and children’s classrooms are a safe and fun place for them to learn. Our children’s pastors and the dozens of volunteers who work in our Children’s Ministry are committed to providing a safe and fun place for your kids.
How Do I Get There?
We are located at 8595 Airport Road, Redding CA
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