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Our Pastor Ponders the Corona Outbreak

 

Prior prior to becoming a pastor, I was an executive with a biological warfare defense contractor.  The company manufactured equipment, laboratories and containment chambers to handle the most dangerous pathogens and chemical weapons known to man.  Our equipment is in many high profile locations like the Pentagon and even went to the moon with the Apollo program.   Scientists from all over the world would come to our  facilities to try out new equipment and test our procedures for keeping them safe while they worked with these deadly agents.  It was fascinating, exciting and often classified work with the governments of the world. Managing an outbreak of pandemic viruses or the purposeful use of chemical weapons was our area of focus. 

When you think of the news reports of the Corona Virus, it seems that we have an uncontrollable menace that will infect the entire world.   While that is possible, a pandemic virus is actually no worse than the original outbreak of the virus. Pandemic simply means that it is occurring in more geographic locations around the globe.  Many of those locations will not be well-equipped to manage the illnesses and as a result the death count will likely rise significantly.  

But it’s not all doom and gloom.   This virus is not exceptionally viral.  We should expect it will become a pandemic and it will become more common here in the USA, but  it is expected that far more people will die in the USA this year of the common flu virus than will succumb to the Corona Virus. That doesn’t mean you don’t need to be aware and careful.  Stay away from folks with flu symptoms, wash you hands regularly, use hand sanitizers after any public contact like shopping carts, public entry doors, gas pump handles, a wedding reception – you get the idea – places and things people commonly handle you should sanitize before and after use.

In addition to these practical solutions the most important thing you can do is pray.  Pray for those who are sick and those who will become sick.  Pray for the medical personnel and technicians.  Pray for the families and relatives.  Pray for the scientist and researchers for  a fast solution to the crisis. Throughout history pandemics come and go but prayer is consistently a worthwhile effort.

Our Pastor Ponders The Holy Land

 

It is an amazing thought that, in a few hours, our group will be across the world in the place we talk about every week – the Holy Land.  It is far away, yet so close.  I mean that in a geographical frame and also in a spiritual way.  Ten hours of flight time and we will be standing on Holy Ground, seeing where Paul left the docks for his journey to Philippi (our current study).  We will be where Jesus was born, where he died, and where he was seen by the disciples after his resurrection.  It is just stunning to know that we will walk where Jesus walked. Wow!

The challenge is to carry that awe and wonder into our daily lives for weeks, months and years after we return.  How can you journey to this place of the heart that draws you forever toward the Father and Messiah? Here’s the answer – the third person of the Trinity.  The Holy Spirit, the same one we pray for each week to join our hearts, our service, our fellowship during the prayer of invocation.  For centuries, unless you lived there, you didn’t go to Israel.  How did they draw close – the Holy Spirit. 

This is a prayer I say regularly, will you join me in saying it now?  “Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Your faithful and kindle in us the fire of Your love. Send forth Your Spirit and we shall be created.  And You shall renew the face of the earth. O, God, Who by the light of the Holy Spirit did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever enjoy Your consolations. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

GREAT LOVE TO YOU ALL,

  Pastor John

Our Pastor Ponders Politics

 

The US Senate is carrying on the impeachment trial of the President this week.  I’m not sure how long the trial will last – this has only happened two other times in our history as a nation.  I tire of watching the endless coverage on the various “news” channels of the debate.  I emphasize “news” because I often wonder if the various channels are anything but propaganda mechanisms for the two major political parties.  I’m not sure which one, but one of them even markets themselves as the “fair and balanced” coverage.  I haven’t seen fair  and balanced since the days of Walter Cronkite and Howard K. Smith – have you? 

 What’s happened?  Where did the  political culture go that was built on a biblical moral compass that few would challenge.  In those long ago days there was a fear of God’s wrath and a  great fear of public exposure for breaking any of the ten commandments such as lying, stealing, fornicating.  In our current culture, the community doesn’t even raise an eyebrow when lying, stealing fornicating occur in our elected officials.  Years ago, a leader would resign in disgrace  if one of these became public – now they go on TV to spin their version of truth. 

I ask again – what’s happened?  Why is it that our culture has lost its sense of outrage at Democrats and Republicans when they have no reverence for God or his expectations.  I think there is one clear answer - it’s because the culture has lost it’s sense of caring what God thinks, what God sees and what God’s response will be.  The fear of God’s judgment and wrath is gone!  Gone from the culture, but not gone from God.  There is a price to be paid for disobeying God’s commands.  The bible tells us that “there is a particularly high price for those in leadership for leading the flock astray”.  With each succeeding generation growing further away from the church, the Gospel, and it’s truth the more tolerant we become of the ways of Satan and this world.  From this pastor’s perspective, that’s what has happened. These developments were prophesied centuries ago.  We’re studying these prophecy’s at Wednesday Nite Live as we study the book of Revelation – you should join us.  We have a roll to play in this world and as many of the candidates say, “Let’s be Clear” – we can never be comfortable with the unacceptable.  We are Christ’s light in the world today.  Let’s live as though we are.

What do you think?  Let’s chat it up. 

Great love to you all.

Pastor John

Our Pastor Ponders Current Events

 

I know who won the NCAA College Football National Championship this week – the L.S.U. Tigers.  It just happened and it was somewhat memorable.

I began to think back on what I remember of the last couple of years – who won the championship two years ago, five years ago?  Who won the Super Bowl and what about the World Series?  These are major - no massive - events in American culture. People plan for months for their annual Super Bowl party, yet we can we can’t remember who won the event?

I raise this to point out a simple fact: It’s fun, but it’s not important. It’s not life or death, or even impactful for more than a fleeting few minutes. Certainly, it’ s not important in the sense that it matters in the big scheme of things. In the big scheme of things it’s no more than entertainment watched with passion. Advertisers spend millions of dollars to promote their products (like teeth whitening, soft drinks, erectile dysfunction medicine, breakfast cereal) all to get you to buy products long after you’ve forgotten who won or lost the game. 

Let me propose a what if:  What if we, the people of God, engaged the same passion for sharing the eternally important good news of Jesus Christ to the masses?  It would make a difference.  It is eternally important to people you know and love.

Go Team!

Pastor John

 

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