Tune-Up Your Faith

We’ve all had been challenged to take spiritual leaps of faith. Maybe it’s a leap to believe something we’re not entirely sure about; maybe it’s a leap to believe that God will help in a very difficult situation. There is always a bit of a leap of faith in trusting God: having confidence that God is with us, that God can catch us if we are falling, that we are not alone in our current struggle, that God knows what we need and helps the right things to happen. I think of the times when I have had to trust God. There have been times when I’ve been hit hard with bad news in our family, or times when money is very tight and we don’t know how we’re going to meet our obligations or when anxiety and worry are working their way into me and pushing God out to the sidelines of my thoughts.

We want to trust the invisible but active and reliable love of God. We want to trust God’s persistent, dependable work in our world. The Bible is full of affirmations of trust-the words of people who believed God could be counted on. For instance, in Psalm 27 we hear, “The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?… Though an army encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war rise up against me, yet I will be confident. (Ps. 27:1,3)

I think this person found that in a dangerous time, a very dark time, God made it possible to see and move through, with enough help to overcome paralyzing fears that were gnawing on him or her. God was shining a light of faith, that gave this author enough hope to keep stepping through the darkness. On Sunday we’ll hear Jesus’ words about giving up worry and anxiety, even in moments when it is so terribly easy to cling to them. Join us as we meet and worship God who delights in providing for us, whose strength is enough to overcome the hardships of today, whose loving presence helps us to move forward through the painful and dark places.

Dave Summers
Senior Pastor
pastordave@pvumc.org
Office: 602-840-8360 Ext 131

“We invite you to join us on a shared journey of life and faith, open to all, regardless of age, ability, economics, color, race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, politics, theology or anything else that might separate us from each other. Whoever you are and wherever you may be on your spiritual journey, you’re invited to walk with Christ in community with all of God’s children, and embrace the endless possibilities of God’s unconditional love.”

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P.S. Check out our YouTube Channel to watch a video featuring Pastor Christopher introducing the Tune-Up series, and share it with someone who may need a tune-up this fall.

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