Collegiate Chapel - February 15, 2017

One of GCA’s Bible teachers, Mr. Mack, presented a powerful message in chapel this week. Using Psalm 23 as a backdrop, he presented the idea of “finding encouragement in God while you are suffering.” His message began with a reality check of how difficult life really is, and the fact that walking in Christ involves times of struggle. He then gave a brief background on King David, using his life as an example of walking in darkness. After summarizing the obstacles in David’s testimony, he rooted the rest of his message in 1 Samuel 30:6, “But David found strength in the Lord his God.” Mr. Mack challenged everyone to find strength in the Lord by presenting six actions. First, he encouraged them to be walking with God before the darkness comes. Building off of the first, he urged everyone to continue to walk with the Lord when the darkness does come and not succumb to the temptation to stray from the Lord when placed in difficult situations. The next action was to “squish the ANTs,” ANTs being “automatic negative thoughts.” He challenged everyone to rid themselves of negative thoughts by replacing them with the promises of God. The fourth action was to find support in Godly friends and leaders. Next, using Philippians 4:8 as a reference, he challenged everyone to focus their thoughts on Godly things. By making their physical surroundings and thoughts focus directly on God, one will constantly be reminded of God’s strength and love. Finally, Mr. Mack described the importance of “serving God and others in the dark”, saying that no matter what age one may be there are always ways to serve the Lord. Mr. Mack ended by assuring everyone that all of the suffering that one endures “hardens them in Jesus”, and that “God teaches through experience.” In implementing these six actions, Christians can find strength and encouragement in the Lord even in the deepest times of darkness.

Key Passages: Psalm 23, 1 Samuel 30:1-6, Philippians 4:8