Updates COVID-19 (March 23, 2020)

Hello again people of God, I trust that, in spite of it all, you are well. I wanted to share some more information regarding the Coronavirus and the pandemic we are all fighting.

I have added a link to a PBS Brief on how pandemics work and some practical ways we can combat them. I thought it was very interesting and informative.

 

Some of us are struggling with fear, anxiety, worry, and uncertainty at times and I wanted to speak of the best ways to battle these emotions. One person said it this way, ‘Fear is a great listener, but a lousy counselor.’ Another said, ‘Fear is a liar.’ Still another said, ‘Most of the things that I feared in life never even happened.’ Suffice it to say, we must be the masters of our fear by placing them into the hand of the Master.

 

Jesus said it this way,

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”  – Matthew 6:34

 

  • In other words, don’t contemplate what may or may not happen tomorrow, but focus on today and trust in the Lord for whatever tomorrow holds. When we get there, we will deal with it; until then, don’t fear.

 

Some tactical advice in dealing with the day to day grind in the fear battle:

1. Don’t overexpose yourself to the media; for many of you, your hearts can’t take it. It would be better for you to get your information through a ‘filtered’ source that is more faith based and less fear based. I like to view YouTube shorts from CBN, Hope for our Times, Pastors Perry Stone, Joseph Prince, and Jack Hibbs.

 

2. Use routine to your advantage and adjust or maintain a healthy routine for yourself and your family. New habits that are good habits will empower you. The more you improve your routine, the stronger you’ll be. I like to ride my Elliptigo, lift weights, and spend time in my office or shop; not to mention being with family.

 

3. Drink plenty of water, more than usual. In an earlier email we showed you how this will help combat any potential virus that you may be exposed to, regardless of what it is. Be careful what other beverages you drink. I drink plenty of alkaline water as part of my regular fluid intake; it really helps the body overall.

 

4. Make intentional upgrades to your spiritual life formation. Devotional times, prayer, and even charging the atmosphere of your home or car with Christian music. You set the spiritual environment of your home. I used to listen to smooth jazz, now I am listening to Maranatha Praise Singers because I am from the 70’s.

 

5. Stay connected with your church family and Christian community. Since we can’t actually assemble ourselves together for worship, we have to do it online. I should like to encourage you to visit each other while maintaining ten persons or less as laid out by the President. You’ll have to negotiate these visits individually.

 

Another way we stay connected is through our ‘One Call Now’ and church email blasts. If you are NOT getting our ‘One Call Now’ messages or emails, please contact the church office and give us a valid phone number and/or email for yourself. We must stay connected and informed on the latest.

We must continue giving our tithes and offerings, even in these uncertain times. God is faithful and He will show Himself strong in the midst of our adversity. Don’t neglect the house of the Lord. Some of you have a little extra, I should like to encourage you to give a little extra during this time; it will help the overall cause.

We will be distributing food this Thursday night from 6:00pm to 7:00pm from lot 5; just like we did last week. This is ONLY for our church parishioners as our regular distribution to the community is offered on Sundays from 12:30pm to 1:30pm. A big shout out to Brother Rich Endo and all of the troops who are working him in helping those people in our community with food supplements. Thank you again and God bless you all.

These Thursday night food church distributions are a real blessing. I have found that church family who come out to get some food, prayer, and some fellowship has made this hour very special. Even if you have enough, you may want to get a little more to help some of your neighbors.

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