For parents, one of the blessings of this time of self-quarantine is getting to spend a lot more time with our kids. I came across this helpful article online and thought I’d pass it along.
When I joined my first New City discipleship group five years ago, we began the process of memorizing Romans 8. Scripture memory was a new discipline for me, but over the course of two years I did commit that chapter to my memory. These words that are hidden in my heart have come to the surface over these past few days when I’ve felt tempted to succumb to fear and anxiety. Out of my meditations in Romans, I have been reminded of three disciplines that I need to practice daily when my feelings start run away with me. First, I … Read More
“Sometimes God permits what He hates to accomplish what He loves.” Joni Eareckson-Tada Guilty confession: I sometimes live in a fake future; a future of my own projection where God is not present, sovereign, or good. This happens when my nervous system stops sending signals to lift my foot while on a hike, or when there’s a pandemic, or just on a normal Tuesday morning … Well, as it turns out, that fake future is a bad place to live. Not only is it gut-wrenching, but it’s simply not true. It’s a lie that Satan, my flesh, and the world … Read More
It is well worth your time this morning to read the encouraging words of Cartee Bales, a teaching elder within our church, about Martin Luther’s response to the Black Death that swept through Luther’s hometown of Wittenberg.
A church is not a building; it is a family. Now more than ever, as we are quarantined in our homes and unable to congregate together, we must embrace this truth. A wise person once told me that loneliness is a choice. Right now, it may not be wise to physically fellowship with others, but that does not mean that we have to be alone. As brothers and sisters in Christ, we can still be there for one another providing conversation, comfort, encouragement, advice, and friendship. I think these are the most essential elements of companionship. We met online as … Read More