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HBC Update March 20, 2020

Dear Highlands Family,

I hope this email finds you well and trusting in the gracious and tender care of Jesus. As Daniel Gachuki said (link to full article below), "Because God rules the world by his wise and unyielding providence, we can be assured that there is not a single maverick molecule in the entire universe." The sovereignty of God is a comforting doctrine, especially when the world is in turmoil. God said, "No purpose of mine can be thwarted" (Job 42:2). Sunday, Lord willing, I will teach about Walking With God Through Disease and Sickness.

This Sunday:

  • Some service elements (prayer, Scripture reading, and preaching) will be offered online at 10am Sunday. An email with more information and instructions will be sent tomorrow.

Spiritual Health:

  • Pastoral Care: Over the next week you will, or already have been, contacted by one of your shepherd-elders. Please communicate any needs you, or someone you know, has.
  • Connect: Be purposeful about engaging with other believers. It can be as simple as starting a group text or making a phone call. Staying connected with others using FaceTime, Zoom, Skype, or other technologies can be very encouraging and effective.
  • Disconnect: Avoid using the extra time for binging on news, movies, or video games. Excessive screen time will not help you be spiritually minded in navigating this season.
  • Read: Stop by Highlands' offices and choose a book from our reading room (at no cost). Contact to set up a time when you can stop by.
  • Stay Active: Try to get outdoors and maintain some level of physical activity. You can get much needed vitamin D from the sun, and physical exercise can help reduce worry, stress, and aches.

Helpful Links:

Psalm 34:4-9

  • "I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me. He freed me from all my fears. Those who look to him for help will be radiant with joy; no shadow of shame will darken their faces. In my desperation I prayed, and the Lord listened; he saved me from all my troubles. For the angel of the Lord is a guard; he surrounds and defends all who fear him. Taste and see that the Lord is good. Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him!"

Steve Hafler for the pastor-elders

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