Posted by Rev. Jon Dunbar

Dear saints of God, the readings for Sunday will be Psalm 66:8-20; Acts 17:22-31; 1 Peter 3:13-22; John 14:15-21. It is often observed that the key to handling an emergency situation is proper preparation. A supply of clean water, food, and flashlight, etc. are all provisions that must be thought about and assembled BEFORE the situation arises in order to be of greatest benefit. Peter tells us that we need to be spiritually prepared to handle a different kind of emergency situation – the defense of our faith. You never know when someone is going to ask you what you believe. You never know when someone is going to start making fun of Christian teachings, and you will need to be ready with a (calm and loving) response. How can you be prepared? Keep a good supply of God’s Word on hand. Commit it to memory. Keep a Bible in your purse or vehicle. If someone asks you a question you don’t know the answer to, tell them you’ll get back to them and go find out for yourself! Learn how other Christians have responded to skeptics in the past. Don’t be afraid to ask your pastor for some help. And most importantly, remember you are never alone. Jesus says, “I will not leave you as orphans” (John 14:18). The Holy Spirit is our Helper as we lead others to the Truth. And He who once helped Saint Paul to speak boldly before a hostile crowd (Acts 17:22) will also help you. So don’t be afraid. Just be prepared. And trust God to take care of the rest.