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Why I'm Encouraged Right Now

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: Based on the latest input, stay-at-home orders, school closings, and more, we have decided to officially shut down meetings at the church through the end of April unless circumstances change drastically for the better. That means that Holy Week, including Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Sunday, and even Bright Sunday will be a lot different this year for those of us that grew up in church. We will be in touch to give details on what we are doing for these times. Stay tuned to these emails for details.

In the meantime, tune in Sunday to hear about some new remote Bible studies we will be launching!

Please don't hear me wrong. Not one single part of me is glad that this virus has hit. I wish it never existed.

However, as a believer in these tough times, I am constantly asking, "How can I be encouraged and be an encouragement to others?" I may have a bit of an answer.

Consider this:

  • After and during tragedies, people tend to be more receptive to spiritual matters. Their prayer life increases, and openness to God happens. When people see and sense the powerlessness of humanity, they begin to seek a powerful God.
  • People who may not come to a church in person for the first time are willing to logon to the internet and watch.
  • Technology has made it possible for churches to stream services and get their messages out to anyone with an internet connection.
  • People are confined to their homes and have the time to tune in online. Frankly, many will be looking for things to do to pass the time.
  • Our world population, and those with internet access, is as high as it has ever been.

So I have to ask:
I wonder if on recent Sundays, and especially this Easter, more people will hear the Gospel proclaimed in one day than ever before in the history of the world? And, as they hear it, will they will be more receptive to Him than at any other time in their lives?

Be encouraged that our God can take even a global pandemic and change lives for eternity.

Hope you'll be watching on Sunday so we can have our lives changed together.
-Jim

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