Posted: May 18, 2020
As we journey through these uncertain times of the Covid-19 crisis, may we do so together as a church family. May we continue to reach out and encourage one another daily. Even during these trying times, there are many opportunities to be reminded of God’s promises. So we wanted to share some of the inspiring posts that spoke to us this week. May you be much encouraged.
Tim Gibson (https://www NULL.thegospelcoalition NULL.org/article/church-dont-let-coronavirus-divide/)
Church, Don’t Let the Coronavirus Divide You! – In this unprecedented time, it is inevitable that there is great potential for division in the Church. The complex issues that face us are often tricky to maneuver. Many will differ on how to reopen the church for in-person gatherings, whether we ought to sing or not, what size the crowd should be, and the list can go on and on. It is for this reason that the Church must walk in the Spirit and guard against disunity. Brett McCracken has written a great article on the Gospel Coalition website encouraging the church to practice countercultural 1) sacrifice, 2) humility, and 3) patience. We are not to be like the world. The way we handle this crisis could be a great witness to the world. We must stay unified and not pitted against one another. In short, we must be like Jesus who displayed continual sacrifice, humility and patience in a wicked world. I want to encourage all of you to read this article (https://www NULL.thegospelcoalition NULL.org/article/church-dont-let-coronavirus-divide/). Let’s all commit ourselves to the unity of the body and not allow this stressful time to cause division among us!
Jeremy Harkins (https://www NULL.youtube NULL.com/watch?v=OibIi1rz7mw)
1 Corinthians 15:19-21 says, “19 If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied. 20 But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21 For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead.”
Paul reminds the Corinthian church that this life is a momentary yet meaningful place for Jesus alone to be magnified through His death and resurrection. “Christ Our Hope in Life and Death,” written by Keith & Kristyn Getty, and Matt Papa speaks of the past, present, and future confession that Christ is our hope in life and death. Take a listen! (https://www NULL.youtube NULL.com/watch?v=OibIi1rz7mw)
Mike Notary (https://artsandculture NULL.withgoogle NULL.com/en-us/national-parks-service/)
In Psalm 8:3-4 David acknowledges that when he looks upon God’s creation he is immediately in awe of God’s care for His people. The glory of creation really is a humbling thing. Have you ever looked up at the stars on a clear night, viewed the surrounding valleys from a mountain top, or gazed upon the vastness of the ocean? Have you taken in a sunrise or sunset, watched budding shrubs and flowers come to life in the spring, or sat in the woods in silence listening to the swaying trees and singing birds? When is the last time you allowed God’s creation to humble you in a way that drew you into the presence of God as He reminded you that you are desperately loved in Christ? All of God’s creation declares His glory but it is only man who was created in His image. As beautiful as this world is, it pales in comparison to the beauty found in His people. Take some time this week to marvel at God’s creation. Stay up late and look at the stars. Get up early and catch a sunrise. Go for a hike. As you stand in awe of God’s creation meditate on the truth that as God cares for His creation He cares for you too. Whatever is going on around us, however frustrating, confusing, or scary it is, creation should remind us that God is in control.
Take some time this week to go on a virtual tour of a National Park:
- Kenai Fjords National Park (https://artsandculture NULL.withgoogle NULL.com/en-us/national-parks-service/kenai-fjords/exit-glacier-tour), ALASKA – kayak through majestic icebergs, descend into an icy crevasse
- Volcanoes National Park (https://artsandculture NULL.withgoogle NULL.com/en-us/national-parks-service/hawaii-volcanoes/nahuku-lava-tube-tour), HAWAII – explore the Nahuku Lava Tube, “fly” over an active volcano
- Carlsbad Caverns National Park (https://artsandculture NULL.withgoogle NULL.com/en-us/national-parks-service/carlsbad-caverns/natural-entrance-tour), NEW MEXICO – take a walk through the fascinating caverns
- Bryce Canyon National Park (https://artsandculture NULL.withgoogle NULL.com/en-us/national-parks-service/bryce-canyon/sunset-point-tour), UTAH – view rock hudus, take a horseback ride, explore the night sky
- Dry Tortugas National Park (https://artsandculture NULL.withgoogle NULL.com/en-us/national-parks-service/dry-tortugas/near-little-africa-tour), FLORIDA – swim through the third largest coral reef in the world
- More Virtual Park Tours (https://www NULL.nationalparks NULL.org/parks-at-home) – there are countless ways to enjoy the National Parks from home
Pastor of Discipleship
For this week, here is another great Puritan prayer entitled, “Divine Support.”
Keep me walking steadfastly towards the country of everlasting delights, that paradise-land which is my true inheritance. Support me by the strength of heaven that I may never turn back, or desire false pleasures that will disappear into nothing. As I pursue my heavenly journey by Your grace let me be known as a man with no aim but that of a burning desire for You, and the good and salvation of my fellow men.