Pastor's Corner

11 Mar
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Mid-Week Challenge

If you are 20 or younger you might not remember that in early 2000 many Americans were living off of beans and rice.  Breakfast, lunch and dinner had some combination of the two ingredients.  Why were Americans restricted to such a basic diet?   Was it the Dave Ramsey method of financial peace?  Did we all decide to go on a diet? Were supplies of other foods limited?  Was it some New Year resolution health thing?  For the most part the answer is no! I wish any of those reasons were true because we might all be a little more healthy, wealthy and wise.  But the embarrassing reality was that many Americans had bought into the Y2K hype and bought six months of supplies anticipating a technology collapse.  On January 1, 2000 the world did not end and Americans had to decide what to do with all the water, beans, toilet paper and rice they had stored.  Life went on and eventually people ate through and used up the apocalypse provisions they had prepared for themselves.  And like a remake of a bad movie we have begun to see similar behavior around the world due to coronavirus reporting.  If you are going to be doing some sanding or hobby work this weekend good luck trying to find a facemask.  Don’t even think about buying hand sanitizer because the stores are all out.  And if you live in Australia you better buy an extra copy of the evening news because there is an extra eight blank pages in a recent edition to serve as emergency toilet paper due to the shortage on TP. 

I’m not trying to make light of a very serious situation but you have to pause for a moment and evaluate our response in light of the facts before us.  We have websites that list “a tune from every decade that can help you know how long you should wash your hands.”  Remember Jim Bakker?  He’s selling a potion, “Silver Solution,” which he claims can “eliminate” the COVID-19 virus.  Armed guards for toilet paper and a limit on mask and hand sanitizers is not making us feel any safer.  People tend to panic when a few act hysterical.  In Matthew 24 Jesus talks about natural disasters, rumors and reports of wars that will cause people to panic.  He warns us to be on our guard during these times but to not lose our head and mainly our hope in Him during times of world wide panic.  There are all kinds of things that are to come that will cause people to trust more in their own ability and less in the power of God.  Jesus does not call us to be naïve about these things and ignore them, but He does remind us to use common sense in the midst of panic.  Our behavior during these times says a lot about our discernment and faith.  

So grab and extra roll of toilet paper if you out today, stock up on Clorox Wipes but don’t panic in the process.  Be smart, the Lord is with you!  If this is the end, rest in the knowledge of your relationship in Christ.  No one is promised tomorrow but don’t waste today as if you are someone who has no hope.   

Don't panic. I'm with you. There's no need to fear for I'm your God. I'll give you strength. I'll help you. I'll hold you steady, keep a firm grip on you.  Isaiah 41:10 

Serving the Savior

Bro. Jonathan

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