During this time of COVID-19, we have an opportunity to help our medical community. If you have the ability to sew and you are looking for projects to do, our nurses are asking for face masks. Below are the criteria for the masks and a video that will walk you through the how to. When you have completed the masks you can contact Jolina and she will come and pick them up.
If you are interested in being a part of this community project and do not have material, Jo Ann Fabrics is still open and has put together face masks kits to help provide fabric and materials.
What a great opportunity we have to sow some seeds during this time of crisis. As we come together in this time, let us continue to pray for those who are serving our community.
Sharing Christ from Within Crisis
I was reading Psalm 18 this morning and it showed a Psalm writer that felt threatened. I am not sure how long this challenge was for him, but this was his testimony, "He reached down from heaven and took hold of me; He pulled me out of deep waters. He rescued me from my powerful enemy and from those who hated me, for they were too strong for me. They confronted me in the day of my distress, but the Lord was my support." (Ps 18:16-18, HCSB)
My friend, Pastor Chuck and I prayed together this morning. He reminded me that there is a virus that is far worse than a physical virus we are facing today. It is a spiritual virus that is fatal (Romans 6:23). People struggled in the Old Testament for a cure. God stepped out of Heaven, put on flesh, and lived a human existence (John 1:14). He died in our place as the only acceptable payment for sin (1 Peter 3:18, Heb 10:12). Now, everyone who calls on His Name will be saved (Rom 10:13).
Our role as believers in Jesus Christ is to point to the finished work of Jesus Christ. Let's live spiritual lives in the middle of physical challenges. Thrive spiritually for we are passing through this world on a layover to a better place (Heb 11:13-16).
Continue to pray for your 'one'; that is, the person that is close to you but far from God. Pray that God will use the challenges of today to make them spiritually ready to look for spiritual things. Luke 14:23 is part of a story telling us that God's servants use social pressure to encourage people to come to God's invitation. (Look at a few other verses that use the word here). May the Lord love your one, through you well.
Unique Challenge of COVID-19
Church at Wazeecha is taking steps to be sensitive to the state of emergency recognized by our state and federal governments. Look at those links for their recommendations. As of Monday, the President recommended only gatherings under 10 people for the current time. Wazeecha is taking steps to comply. Romans 13 tells us to obey the government because God put it there. We ask God to direct our leaders. We will resume a more routine schedule after this difficulty is over.
I want you to know that this is out of love and not fear. We love our neighbors, we love our community, we love our nation. Because of that love, we pray that God will give mercy and draw people to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ because of this turbulent time.
Psalm 16 says
1 Protect me, God, for I take refuge in You.
2 I said to Yahweh, “You are my Lord; I have nothing good besides You.”
3 As for the holy people who are in the land, they are the noble ones. All my delight is in them.
4 The sorrows of those who take another ⌊god⌋ for themselves will multiply; I will not pour out their drink offerings of blood, and I will not speak their names with my lips.
5 LORD, You are my portion and my cup ⌊of blessing⌋; You hold my future.
6 The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.
7 I will praise the LORD who counsels me— even at night my conscience instructs me.
8 I keep the LORD in mind always. Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.
9 Therefore my heart is glad and my spirit rejoices; my body also rests securely. (Psalm 16:1-9 (HCSB)) We will update this space and communicate on our website, and by facebook, email, and stay in contact with you in other means if you let us know what means you prefer.
His best to you,
Dr. Trey Turner is founding pastor of Church at Wazeecha. He and his family are church planters with the Southern Baptist Convention.