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Just as Mary and Martha made choices, believers in Christ today can do the same thing to deal with the stress in their lives.
Stress is a major problem in life, even in church, and prayer can take that stress away, Minister Felton Woods,senior pastor of Gainesville Church of Christ, told parishioners attending the Sunday morning worship service at the church at 1001 NE 28th Ave.
Parishioners attended the service in person and via Facebook Live. Praise and worship was led by church member Frank Middleton.
The title of the sermon was “Too Stressed To Be Blessed,” and scripture text was taken from Luke 10: 32-48:
Mary chose to sit at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said, while Matha chose to prepare and then complained about the work she had to do. Martha told the Lord to tell Mary to help her, but the Lord said Mary had made the better choice and will not be taken from her.
Woods preached about the impact stress has on us all and shared some data. He said Americans are one of the most stressed-out people in the world. He said 55 percent of Americans report they are stressed. He said 76 percent report work stress is impacting their relationships. He said police officers, lawyers and doctors have the highest divorce rate.
Stressed out people may get angry, walk out on their jobs, have conflict at home, but instead, should be praying to God, who is able to empathize with them, Woods said.
“Jesus understands stress even if he hasn't experienced it,” Woods said. “Jesus takes his stress to his father — God. Turn to God to deal with the stress of life. When you feel overwhelmed, calm down and pray about it, and put yourself in the path of a blessing.”
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