Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt

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…He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world…In love He predestined us for adoption…In Him we have redemption…[and] forgiveness. We have obtained an inheritance …[and] were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit. Selected phrases from Ephesians 1:3-14 ESV

Dear Members and Friends of Trinity Downtown:

In the 1970s and 1980s, IBM built a near-monopoly selling large business computers. Known as “mainframes” these huge and expensive IBM computers could be found in almost every large and medium-sized corporation in North America and Western Europe. Many companies built “IBM rooms” encased in glass to show off their high-tech systems to visitors and employees.

Even though their products were often better and cheaper than those sold by IBM, IBM’s competitors had great difficulty selling their products to corporate IT managers. It seems computer system purchasers around the country shared one core belief: “no one ever gets fired for buying IBM.” IBM’s salesmen (yes, virtually all the sales teams were male) just had to whisper something like “what if the Brand X computer doesn’t work?” or “You’ll never get hired with another company if you don’t maintain your familiarity with IBM’s systems!” or “We’ll blacklist you. You’ll never work for another IT department again.”

They called it “FUD” — fear, uncertainty and doubt, and it was an effective tactic. At least until personal computers became so powerful that they de-throned IBM’s mainframes and disrupted the entire tech ecosystem.

I’m convinced that Satan still uses FUD today. He whispers “what if COVID causes [insert your worst fear here.] “2022 is an election year. What if [insert name of your favorite political party] loses the election?” “Who knows what’s going to happen with Houston’s energy industry over the coming decade.” “I can’t believe you decided to [go back to college] or [change jobs] or [stay at your current job] or [try to have a baby] or [sell your house].”

The Evil One’s opportunities for introducing FUD into our minds are almost endless. So, as the new year begins, how can you build your defenses against it?

This Weekend at Trinity Downtown

(January 1st & 2nd)

Building your faith isn’t magic; the Bible gives us lots of examples of ordinary believers who overcame their fear, uncertainty and doubt by exercising their little “mustard seed” of faith. There are no quick and easy pathways to build a strong faith, but there is a SURE way. That sure way includes regularly worshiping God and networking with fellow Christian pilgrims, so come strengthen your FUD defenses with us this weekend at Trinity Downtown!

Due to the holiday weekend, our contemporary worship service, Sunday School and adult Bible study classes are on hiatus. They’ll restart on Sunday, January 9th. This weekend, you can join us in our traditional worship service on Sunday at 9:00 am, or you can watch the “live stream” by clicking here. And, of course, you may also participate by watching the “on demand” video by clicking here.  You can enhance your worship experience by viewing the traditional service’s worship folder by clicking here. Our weekly prayer list can also be found by clicking here.

Our doors will open 30 minutes before the start of each worship service, and you may enter from any door. As always, we ask that if you are not feeling well, please stay home and participate with us online. 

Don’t forget our New Year’s Eve service at 6:00 pm in the sanctuary. Come thank God for His blessings in 2021 and for His promises for 2022.

Our “stock sale” benefiting our Youth program remains open for investment! Come by the table in the Gathering Space on Sunday to see how your investment will expand the number of youth that may participate in the National Youth Gathering in July 2022.

Watch Online

You can watch the “live stream” of our traditional worship service on Sunday at 9:00 am OR our contemporary worship at 11:15 am by clicking here. And, of course, you may also participate by watching the “on demand” video of either service by clicking here.  You can enhance your worship experience by viewing the traditional service’s worship folder by clicking here. Our weekly prayer list can also be found by clicking here.

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Please take advantage of our nursery, which is now open to care for children 2 years old and younger on Sunday mornings.

COVID-19 Updates

We continue to be deeply thankful for the God-inspired work of our medical professionals who developed and are distributing the COVID vaccines, and who continue to care for those afflicted with this disease. Please keep the members of our congregation who serve in these capacities in your daily prayers that God may grant them strength, courage and a robust immune system.

This Sunday come learn how placing your fears, uncertainties and doubts in the hands of the newborn King Jesus can lessen our stress load and bring deep transformation in our hearts. Celebrate with us the depth of Jesus’ love for us and find out how you can live a life of significance, filled with meaning.  Discover how following Jesus can help you and your family navigate around the minefields of life.

Come get ready for the arrival of 2022 at Trinity Downtown this weekend. It will make a tremendous difference in your life.

Your Pastor,

Michael Dorn