• Pastor Scott

Pastor Scott's latest Wesley Chapel Times article...



Dear Friends,


Last week I was in the hospital getting tests done. One of them was the swab-in-the-nose test for coronavirus. While it was a relief to find out that I didn’t have the virus, I knew better. The virus had me.


At the beginning of the outbreak, as businesses closed down, as hospitals closed to elective surgeries, and as we closed our church to in-person worship, I began to feel it… a tightening in the chest, a clenching of the jaw, a mind restlessly replaying numbers from the news. With health issues putting my wife and I both in the high-risk category, my elevated stress level was undeniable. And so I did the only thing I know to do when things are beyond my control. I took it to God.


Fear has its purposes. It help us realize our limits and keeps us from danger. But ultimately, it is there to direct our hearts towards God... “for God did not give us a spirit of cowardice, but rather a spirit of power and of love, and of self-discipline” (2 Timothy 1:7). I can’t say honestly that I am fearless, but I know who to turn to when I am afraid.


Among the uncertainties we are facing every day, some things are still reliable and sure: that God loves us, cares for us, and hears our prayers. In Romans 5, St. Paul writes, “…suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us...” Let us use this unprecedented situation, not to deny the fear or danger of the moment, but to recognize what is beyond our control and seek the strength that God offers. God invites you down the pathway of prayer, to discover peace and exchange your fears for hope.

Peace,


Pastor Scott Lindner

Atonement Lutheran Church

39 views
ADDRESS

Atonement Lutheran Church 

29617 State Road 54  

Wesley Chapel, FL 33543

 

Click for Map and Directions 

CONTACT

Office: (813) 973-2211

Office currently Closed, please call or email.
Hours: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. 

Monday thru Friday

Click to email us

WORSHIP

Saturday Worship:

godify: Saturdays at 5 p.m. (canceled until further notice)

Sunday Worship:  10:00 a.m.

(Campus is closed, only available via our live stream, link above)

Rise & Shine Service: 8:30 a.m.

(December - May) Currently Cancelled

Child of God Family Service: 11:30 a.m. 

(September - May) Currently Cancelled

 

  • Facebook Social Icon
  • YouTube
  • Blogger Social Icon

Support Atonement while you shop by using

Amazon donates 0.5% of your item's purchase price, at no extra cost to you. Click here!

SUBSCRIBE FOR WEEKLY UPDATES

© 2023 by HARMONY. Proudly created with Wix.com