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Weekly Letters from Pastor Chris

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Dear Woodside Family and Friends,

“This week we are once again reminded that our sanctuary is not found in buildings, but in the Lord. He is the one who scatters His people and promises to one day bring His scattered people back together again (Ezekiel [11:17])."

To say that we are living in extraordinary and complex times is an understatement. In 1776, the enlightenment philosopher Thomas Paine wrote a series of pamphlets entitled, “The American Crisis” in which he describes the season surrounding the Independence War in these words, “These are days that try men's souls.” I’m sure that you can certainly relate to his sentiment. But, as Christ-Followers we are called to see and navigate moments such as these, differently than those who have no hope. We are called to live like the men of Issachar spoken of in 1 Chronicles [12:32] as, “men who understood the times and knew what Israel should do...”

So, how are we to live and what are we to do in seasons of such uncertainty and complexity? I believe it is critical that we simplify our focus and fix our eyes on that which matters most. Micah 6:8 states it this way, “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.” There aretremendous opportunities all around us to do justice to others, show God’s love and kindness to our neighbors and to deepen your walk with God through acts of humble obedience. As a community, our Church has the privilege of serving our family and friends on Christ's behalf in these anxious times. We are the light of the world, pointing people to Jesus who is the hope of humanity. So let your light shine, because our world is growing darker...but light always prevails against the darkness!

Please stay connected to our Woodside website for updates on how your Church family is answering the challenge created by the COVID-19 virus. Look for special opportunities to serve and give as well. Your generosity will help us to care for our missionaries abroad as well as each of our 14 campuses and their local communities. Thanks again for your humble obedience to Christ. Be encouraged because Christ is faithful!