Hello friends,

Are you worried about the impact of COVID19 on you and your family? Many people around the globe are in that same boat right now. I want to offer you encouragement today, and a couple action steps to help you in this difficult time.

Even when we have a lot of fear, we have an even bigger God:  “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

God comforts us in times of trouble: “Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me.” Psalm 23:4

Besides adhering to the public health guidelines, here are two things you can begin right now that can help you make it through this challenge:

Action Item #1: Spend more time with God—praying and in His Word—so he can encourage you. Want some help? The free Engage Art App (available for iPhone and Android platforms) will send you scripture on a schedule you set about the things that are important to you right now. When you set up the app, take the short survey so the algorithm can send the most relevant verses to you during this time. If you already have the app, perhaps it’s time to update your survey to reflect your current situation, and you can increase the frequency of the messages, as well.

Action Item #2: Consider getting creative. The Engage Art Contest is accepting visual art, film, performing arts, and music video entries on the topic of the Spiritual Battle. What a great time to look for inspiration about this topic! In Ephesians, Paul talks about arming ourselves for a Spiritual Battle against unseen forces. At this moment more than any other in our lifetimes, there is a clear metaphor and example for the battle between the invisible forces of good and evil taking place all around us!

“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.” Numbers 6:24-26

Blessings now and always,

Bill Bantz