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Monday, March 16, 2020

Entrance to Fort Adams, Newport RI
These huge anchors are displayed at the entrance to Fort Adams.

"In Times Like These"

Message summary: Truly, the anchor of hope we have in Jesus Christ is firm and secure!

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“We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure” (Hebrews 6:19).

Our nation, indeed our world, is now gripped in suspense with many in the throes of fear concerning the covid-19 virus. It's on the news 24/7 and is the subject of most conversations in just about every setting. Of course, it affects each one of us and has certainly had an effect on being out in public, the workplace, places of worship, educational institutions and the list grows daily. An old song come to mind.

In times like these, we need a Savior.
In times like these, we need an anchor.
Be very sure, be very sure,
Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock.

The Bible uses "anchor" in a figurative sense in our daily Scripture text describing the anchor of hope we have in Jesus Christ. We can indeed declare, "We Have An Anchor!"

This is the only place in the entire Bible that "anchor" is used in a figurative sense. Yet I studied a song database which includes 17 songs that refer to the spiritual anchor. Apparently believers throughout the ages have really identified with this Scriptural simile, "We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure."

The anchor refers to the hope generated by faith in Christ as our Solid Rock which enables the believer to stand firm in face of temptations, calamities and storms. There are two qualities to this anchor of hope that may seem similar, but indeed express two complimentary truths. It’s a firm and secure hope. It’s as if the Holy Spirit wants to make it absolutely clear to us just how dependable this anchor is!

How thankful we should be for this anchor of hope. Are you going through some tumult in addition to the mutual trial we are all dealing with regarding the covid-19? Is your faith being shaken by circumstances beyond your control? Today we encourage you that we do have an anchor and this anchor will always hold. It will weather the worst storm. Truly, the anchor of hope we have in Jesus Christ is firm and secure!

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying manDaily prayer: Father, just as an anchor is standard safety equipment for a boat to remain afloat against raging tides of water, Jesus is the anchor for our soul, keeping us steadfast and hopeful when the strong tides of doubt, disappointment and fear seek to overtake us. So many drift aimlessly day in and day out uncertain of their present and future standing while we, as believers, anchor fast to our Rock which cannot move, as He leads us to the heavenly shore where storms will one day be all past forevermore. Amen.

We have an anchor that keeps the soul
Steadfast and sure while the billows roll,
Fastened to the Rock which cannot move,
Grounded firm and deep in the Savior’s love.

Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

"In Times Like These"  Video  Cragun Family

Last month ago we shared a similar message titled "Christ the Sure and Steady Anchor", in part prompted by the song by the same title (Video by Matt Boswell and Boyce College Choir). This would be a great congregational song!

Matt Boswell

Finally today:

Barn roof replacement
This morning we resumed work on replacing the overhang sections of our barn roof. 13 year old James is replacing boards as Jesse reinforces the other side. Their school is not meeting today like all the schools around us due to the covid-19 scare.

Newborn jersey calf 3/16/20
This miniature jersey calf was born this morning on the Old Windmill Farm! When I was trying to capture a photo of this newborn she was having a difficult time because the calf kept running around her mother. As humans, moms can be thankful they have 9 months to a year before they have to chase after their little ones that run circles around them.

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