Pastor's Update 3/20:
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, trust also in me.” (John 14:1)
How many of President Trump’s press conferences as this virus started to hit the U.S. started with “there is no need be alarmed,” or “They is no need to be worried or concerned?” He did that because the people needed to hear that he was not worried about what was coming and they didn’t need to as well. What happened when things started to get into full swing? People panicked anyway. They ran for toilet paper and water. They didn’t worry about some of the groceries until a week later. Now we have a lot of people sitting in their homes scared that an invisible enemy is looking to come and ruin their lives.
When Jesus spoke these words to his disciples, it was Maundy Thursday evening in the upper room. He was himself getting ready to face the darkest time in his life. He was getting them ready for the idea that he was soon going to leave them to carry on the work of being His messengers in a world that hated him and wanted him dead. They needed to know there was nothing to worry about. Don’t look at what you see in the world Jesus tells them.
Rather, look at the Father and look at me. Take you cue from Me. Put your trust in Me. I and the Father are in control. I and the Father have it all taken care of. Death will not stop me from doing what is necessary for your salvation. My death will not stop my Word and will not stop you from sharing my Word. Trust the ones that know what the future holds and will walk you through it.
How are you holding up? Has all of this bleak news and strange “orders” gotten you a little concerned and upset? I pray not. If it has, then we are reminded to not let our hearts be troubled, but to “trust in God, trust also in (Christ).” What does that look like? We stay calm and don’t panic. Our future is certain. Our Savior has written our names in His book of life. We live in temporary housing on this earth. This body and earth will pass away. Our dependable God and Savior and their Word will not. I think of the words of the Pslamist: “I lift up my eyes to the hills – where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth.” (Ps. 121:1-2) Take some time and read the rest of that Psalm. It fits well into this situation. Continue to trust in the ones that can do something about what we are going through.
Just some reminders:
If you need me for anything, feel free to call. I will come and help.
Services and large group bible studies are temporarily suspended following the Governor’s direction.
In the next week I will start calling to set up in home services. You can make arrangements for people that live near you to gather in groups less than 10 and I will come and have devotion and some Bible study time with you. If you so desire, we can also celebrate the Lord’s Supper.
I will also be doing some video devotions and putting them on facebook and will let you know when I am doing them so you might be able to watch them live.
If anyone is in need of supplies and does not want to venture out, feel free to contact Kim 715-520-2676 or Keegan Gunderson 715-939-2690, and Keegan will run the errands for you. Keep in mind if it is medication, you will probably have to get that yourself.
I will be out of town for the next three days. My oldest Son is getting married ahead of schedule. If you need some Pastoral help call me anyway and we will get you taken care of.
The Newsletter for April will be mailed this next week.
We will find ways to continue to serve you in unique ways.
Blessings in Christ,
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