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Hope outweighs divisiveness


September 16, 2020


Well, 2020 has certainly been a difficult year for us thus far as Oregonians and Americans, from COVID-19 in the beginning of the year to the civil unrest and rioting that erupted after George Floyd’s death and now the devasting wildfires in the western U.S.

We are not over any of these tragedies; in fact, they are stacked on top of each other, and looming is a possible second wave of the virus, along with an election in November that has more promise for an even deeper division in our country rather than any signs of unity.

The Bible declares a kingdom or house divided against itself cannot stand. (Mark 3:24-25) and this scenario is certainly looking more possible as we head towards November.

When troubles and calamities get stacked upon one another without any resolution, we can lose hope as a people but, in my “opinion,” we have great hope.

You see, we live in a country whose foundings began with great hope and many times since we have turned to the one who gives us hope. That is, God and His son, Jesus.

And many times we have overcome and found resolution, both personally and corporately, as Americans.

I would like to invite you to an upcoming event Sept. 18-28. Details can be found at I would encourage you to read II Chronicles, especially chapters 7, 28, 29 and 30, highlighting verses 7:14 and 30:6-9.

I encourage everyone, but especially Christians, to read these scriptures, check out the website and consider participating.

Your fellow community member, friend and brother in Christ.

Kevin Roberts

Sweet Home


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