June 7, 2020

Five Pitfalls of a Pandemic

Preacher:
Passage: Psalm 4

The global crisis we are in is perhaps unparalleled, even by world wars.  It is truly global in scope, reaching literally anywhere.  While it affects each person differently depending on their circumstances, it has an effect on nearly everyone.  Some of the effects are being noted by the psychiatric community as affecting people’s mental health.

Five of these effects are isolation, lack of self-control, anger, despair, and anxiety.

Perhaps you have felt a little of some of them, or a lot of all of them! Probably somewhere in between is where most of us fall.

They are troublesome effects whether large or small, whether simply annoying or crushing.  More importantly, God does not want us to be overcome by them.

Do not be overcome by evil; but overcome evil with good.
Romans 12:21

Psalm 4 gives us a template of how to do just that. This Psalm of David is about finding peace in a distracting situation.

It is often called the evening Psalm because it ends with a good night’s sleep!  That is appropriate since night often brings the temptation to let our thoughts run wild, brooding on past wrongs and present perils leading to sleepless nights.

One of the real issues many people are facing in these troubling times is sleeplessness.  God has answers to that!

I’m looking forward to sharing with you how to avoid these five pitfalls of a pandemic!

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Sermon Notes

Five Pitfalls of a Pandemic
Roger Freeman
Psalm 4

June 7, 2020

Romans 12:21

I am in for a good night’s sleep when I:

1. Trade loneliness for community

2. Trade boredom for righteousness

Proverbs 18:1

1 Thessalonians 4:4

3. Trade anger for humility

Micah 6:8

4. Trade despair for hope

5. Trade fear for faith

Colossians 3:3

Luke 19:8–10