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VOLUME 47 the week of April 5, 2020 NUMBER 14
From Your Minister: Who would have thought a month ago that we would be where we are today? I guess it’s hard to get out of the rut that we have traveled for years until we go through something as drastic as this. I certainly never thought I would become a virtual or digital preacher! Instead of personal visits and preparing worship services with sermons on PowerPoint, I find myself doing websites, daily emails, texts, phone calls and a weekly video! I so miss actually being with my brothers and sisters! And then there’s cabin fever! What are you doing to keep your sanity? This is the perfect time to restart a daily time of Bible reading and prayer! Even meditating five minutes on a snippet of scripture is a peaceful and calming start! Have you made an encouraging phone call to anyone? How about a written note or card? Some have begun praying through the church directory. Whatever it takes, let’s refuse to become couch potatoes!
Quotes for the Week: In some ways the viral fear may be worse than the virus itself. Christians should be practical, prayerful, and proclaim Christ's peace in an atmosphere of fear. ~Greg Laurie
It’s prayer time in America and the Bible was written for times like these. How do you choose faith over fear? If you want to avoid despair, keep praying, keep trusting God, and keep encouraging one another. Remember, tough times never last, but tough people do. ~Jentezen Franklin
No fear, no anxiety, supernatural peace, supernatural contentment in every circumstance, whether horrible or happy: that’s what God offers. ~John Piper
We have discovered what we should have known without this trouble: That we need each other. That we are better together than we are apart. ~T.D. Jakes
Bible Gem for the Week: John 14:1 Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me.
Forty Nights and a Giant by Steven Prine
I will cause it to rain on the earth forty days and forty nights, and I will destroy from the face of the earth all living things that I have made (Gen 7:4).
Forty days and forty nights it rained; cooped up for about a year in a boat that by today's standards was small. It wasn't just rain, It was RAIN, something Noah and his family had never experienced! It was new. Just a few days earlier they had by God's orders collected all animals and herded them in this ark. Can one imagine how Noah must have felt?
Or David. (1 Sam 17:32) Then David said to Saul, "Let no man's heart fail because of him; your servant will go and fight with this Philistine." Yes, David was angry that God's people and God himself was being mocked. David took action and we all know the story. Was fear involved? I believe so. There's no such thing as courage without fear. The issue is Noah and David placed their faith in God and not in themselves.
We find ourselves in a situation we've never faced before in the corona virus pandemic. How are we going to behave? Many of us have witnessed, or even participated in as well, the run on all paper products, foods, hand sanitizers, etc. Fights have started over toilet paper! And our national interests have turned into personal interests! There's an old axiom that says, "Our actions tattletale on our beliefs."
Are we, as Christians, letting our lights shine? Are we being calm and centered in Christ during this time of unrest? If we're not, how can the world differentiate the godly from the worldly? I think it's safe to say we're all unsettled. Some have lost great sums of money, some have lost jobs, income. Some lost family members. All great losses. The issue is, how are we handling this?
Are we singing hymns, are we literally getting on our knees and praying, are we acting like family and staying in contact with our church families and offering encouragement and help when it is needed? We need to remember who is still in charge. And it's not us!
Father, these are hard times; we are scared. This is new to us. Give us the courage and strength to trust in you. May the world see our faith. In Jesus name, Amen.
Prayer Time: God, you've got us through in the past and you'll get us through again. ~Joel Osteen Jan Miller asks us to pray for her grandson Rhory in Kaneohe, Hawaii who became very ill last week and is undergoing testing. Our prayers continue for Ralph Lindsey. We are thankful that he is now home and is beginning out patient therapy. Grecia Ramirez asks us to pray for Adam, her step dad as he faces medical issues. Don Churchill’s friend Gayle has asked us to pray for her continual health issues. Susan Sheehan is now at home where she’s receiving home health services. Please be praying for a full recovery. Aulika’s husband, Mickey is now at his mother’s home and hopes to travel here soon. We keep him in prayer before God. It is important to be in prayer concerning the effects and reactions to the recent virus spreading through the world. Helen Taylor has completed radiation treatments. Please continue in prayer for her and the family. Let us pray for: the family of Janice Brown, June Cantwell, Gary Crowder and his mother Joan, Betty Fo, Daryl and Valerie Griffin (our Venezuela missionaries), George Harper, Marjorie Hendersen, the family of Jerry Hendrix, the family of Gail Kimbro, Stan and Millie McGarry, Mike and Judith McKay, Cheryl Miller, Grecia Ramirez, Anna Rigsby, the Shriker family in No. Carolina, and Jon, Allison and Megan Van Grimbergen and the family of Faith Wyatt. Acts 1:14 They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.