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Faithful Prayer brings Faithful Power – God’s power

Hello Church Family: If God said that the only way this pandemic would end and get things back to “normal” would be through prayer, how much effort would you make to pray with frequency and fervency?
 
How is your prayer life during these days of pandemic? Have you found yourself coming to the Lord more frequently and fervently or have you become dull and delayed in prayer? Or has there been no change in your prayerfulness? I pray that we as a church would come into God’s presence in prayer more fervently and frequently during these times.

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Remembering the Good in Good Friday – Good Friday Timeline

Church Family: We can feel conflicted about calling the day of Christ’s crucifixion, “good.” The fact that there had to be a day when Jesus Christ would take the judgment for our sin is not good at all. But the wonderful reality that our Lord Jesus Christ would freely, fully, and gladly give Himself for us on the cross, is never-to-be-surpassed in goodness. It is exemplary, unparalleled “good.” While on the Cross, Jesus cried out, “It is finished.” Church, there is nothing more to be done, concerning our salvation. Once and for all, perfectly and fully, we have been reconciled to God – That is really good! That is amazingly good! That is so good that “good” does not seem like a good enough word. Let’s strive today to keep the Good in Good Friday!

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Find God’s Glory in Every Story

Hello Church Family: During these days of pandemic and hardships are you looking for God today? Do you wake up in the morning seeking to discover the glory of God? The “Glory of God” can be something that is hard to wrap your mind around. But simply speaking, the Glory of God is a visible, tangible showing of Himself in power, strength, care, grace, mercy and love. There are many other ways He shows us His Glory but let us just start with looking for these. I really want to see this Glory every day. Let’s be a people who delight in seeking the Glory of God today. Seeking the Glory of God is a discipline that we are called to cultivate within us. When is the last time you have had a Glory of God sighting? Stop and look. As believers we are to be people who are captivated with discovering God’s Glory in everyday moments. Have you seen His glory recently?

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Denying Self Remains Our Call Even During a Pandemic

Hey Church family: Living in these chaotic times can lead to lives that are obsessed with self and survival. Generally, in the USA we are obsessed with surviving and yet Jesus still calls us to “deny ourselves, take up your cross and follow Me (Luke 9:23).” Does Jesus’ command for us to deny ourselves, take up our cross daily and follow Him still pertain to times of world hardships and pandemic? Absolutely! Jesus gave His Apostles this command during the last year of His life on the way to the cross, while also knowing that the Apostles live’s would be required of them in the years to come. During these times of hardships and crisis is when Jesus’ call to live out self-denial is most needed. Whether you have quarantined yourself or not, as believers we stand called by Christ to deny ourselves, take our cross daily and follow Him. Sometimes denying self looks like being quarantined and sometimes it looks like not being quarantined. Both choices can be a denial of self. A pandemic does not release us from Christ’s imperative on us to work out our own self-denial.

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Have you noticed? Can you see it?

Church: If you find yourself besieged and maybe overwhelmed by COVID19 and its affects on people, governmental systems, the world economy and human institutions take a moment and be encouraged by enjoying God in His creation. Remember, God has given us His amazing creation to remind us of who He is and that He is in caring control.
 
Have you noticed the pink azaleas blooming? Have you noticed the red camellia buds? Have you noticed the grass greening? Have you noticed the yellow pollen falling? Have you noticed the powerful osprey’s arrival? Have you noticed the orange sunrises? Have you noticed the lengthening of the days? Have you noticed the live oak dropping its leaves and budding? Have you noticed the squirrel happily digging up the winter’s left over supply of acorns? Have you noticed the pink sunsets? Have you noticed the yellow daffodils? Have you noticed the dogwood blooms? Have you noticed the marsh grass starting to green? Have you noticed the wood ducks flying north? Have you noticed the bright moon running through its phases? Have you noticed Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, or Saturn in the night or morning darkness?

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None of this is meaningless!

Happy Friday Church Family: Well, things have escalated pretty quickly in the USA including our small, somewhat rural Pender County. As believers, we have the opportunity to live in fear and panic or to engage our faith that has been given to us by the King of this Kingdom, Jesus Christ. Recall the last several weeks as we have exposited Luke 7-8. Jesus shows us that He is the God over winds, evil spirits, blindness, sickness, plagues and death. Jesus is the same today as He was back in the New Testament times (Hebrews 13:8) when He was showing His Kingship over all creation including disease. So, Jesus has dominion over COVID-19 and He chooses not to restrain it… yet. Can your mind allow your faith to accept the fact that Jesus can stop this pandemic but chooses not to do so as of today?

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