May 2020 Newsletter
SAVE THE DATE
5/10 | Mother's Day
5/25 | Memorial Day
For the month of May, we ask that you join us in praying for not only our nation, but the world! Pray that if it is part of God’s will that this virus would dissipate, that He would awaken the hearts of the people in our land and across the world, that they would repent and turn to Christ, and keep their eyes on Him alone.
Also, as Mother’s Day approaches we pray it a blessed time for all moms! We also ask for God’s peace for those with estranged relationships with their mothers, those who are longing to be mothers, and those who are remembering their moms this Mother’s Day.
TRUE OR FALSE
by Bill Powell
I recently saw a picture on Facebook after Jacksonville lifted the ban on going to the beach. It showed crowds of people bunched up together. The picture was portraying what a bad idea it was to let people go to the beach. It was later pointed out that it was a picture of a California beach because you could see the mountains in the background. The truth was that the Jacksonville beach had sporadic people keeping their distance. In 1994, Harold Camping predicted that Judgement Day was coming on or around September 6th, 1994. I think that would put him in the false prophet category. As the facts come out concerning this Coronavirus, finding the truth is getting harder and harder. We all get a kick out of the statement, “It must be true. I saw it on the internet.”
Let me throw in that there are the half-truths and the not completely false. Remember the predictions on how many people were expected to get the virus and how many would die? Yes, it is true this was a bad virus. Yes, it is true many people have died but not even remotely close to what was expected. Remember, the reason for the drastic steps taken to quarantine was to flatten the curve. We grew up with a common saying from our parents, “Don’t believe everything you hear.”
It will be interesting to see what the truth and the facts are after the dust settles. If we ever get the truth. The media uses lies and half-truths to influence and sway opinion. Social engineering through propaganda is not new. Are you seeking the truth and the facts, or are you emotionally driven? The Bible has much to say concerning truth. It is worthy of a word study. We should be people of truth and listen and follow those who teach truth. You might say, “What is truth?” and my answer is, “God’s word is truth.” (Joh 17:17 NASB) Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
(Exo 18:21 NASB) "Furthermore, you shall select out of all the people able men who fear God, men of truth, those who hate dishonest gain; and you shall place these over them as leaders of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties and of tens.
We are to be careful not to be swayed by every wind of doctrine.
(Eph 4:14 NASB) As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming;
While you are doing the word search for “truth”, add to it the word “doctrine”. The Scriptures will give you the value of sound doctrine. Truth matters. For those of you old enough, I leave you with a saying from a famous guy named Joe Friday, “The facts ma’am. Just the facts.”
One last fact. We did fall far short of our goal during Sharathon. Please consider us as your finances allow.
by Chris Johnson
"Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”— yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that."
If there's anything that's come from the COVID-19 pandemic, and there are many things, maybe one of those things is a conviction that we take far too much for granted. During these last several weeks we've witnessed the world come to a halt and the lives of nearly every person on planet earth altered and shuttered. We've come face to face with the fragility of life, the fear of death and disease and the reality that life as we know it can change in the blink of an eye. The Scriptures make this reality altogether clear time and time again. The lives of people like Job, Naomi, Joseph and countless others portray life as it really is. A series of twists and turns, ups and downs and yet the average person lives each day with the expectation that tomorrow will be very much like today. Oddly enough, daily life can seem mundane at times and rather predictable. Maybe a few months ago the "mundane" life that we lived seemed drab but many would love to return to the freedom to come and go, the security of a daily job and the joy of gathering together on the Lord's Day to worship King Jesus together with our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ.
Surely, in the days ahead some of the "normal" things of life will return. Certainly there will be changes made and life as we know it will be very different but maybe, just maybe this passage from James 4 will make a little more sense to us and provide a measure of caution and faithfulness to follow the Great Shepherd and humble ourselves to His will. After all, even the wild ride that we've been on in these recent days are ultimately part of His master plan that's leading to the Second Coming of Jesus and the guaranteed promise of the New Heavens and the New Earth.
Lord willing, during this season of life we've learned some valuable lessons about priorities, relationships, wise management and stewardship of God's provisions, and the misty nature of this life but the eternal life that is to come. I pray we've been convicted of sin that's gone unnoticed or ignored, and I pray our love for the Master and for Jesus' body has been restored and renewed. Lord willing, we've learned. Lord please be willing.
TO THANK A FARMER
by Denisha Stearns
I heard it said recently that it was easy to be a farmer. All you have to do is put a seed in the ground, water it, and the food comes up. Is that all? I can do that, I thought. Seed, ground, and water. I had all three at my house. And by the looks of all the farmers’ gardens in my neighborhood, it should be pretty easy. So, back in January, Hubby and I set out to plant our