Pastors Letter – March 26, 2020 – Two Truths

The wicked have laid a snare for me: yet I erred not from thy precepts.

Psalm 119:110

The photo was taken while on my walk this morning. Some child had written a message to the world and placed it at the end of her driveway. An anonymous well wish for a world struggling against illness.

The passage for today’s letter is found in Psalm 119. I won’t say a lot about that here but I will ask you to listen to the Daily Dose Radio podcast for a fuller commentary. I’ve linked it below.

We constantly are in a struggle where two truths exist at the same time. Truth #1: We have an enemy who works to entrap us and bring us down. Truth #2: We are walking according to the direction of God’s word. Don’t let the current trouble keep you from your daily pursuit of Him.

Today for the extra feature please listen to this episode of Daily Dose Radio which covers Psalm 119:110-111.

Prayer Requests: Here are a few request that Joy Chadwell passed on after attending a work related seminar on the effects of the virus isolation on mental health. If you have requests please drop me a line and I’ll include them here. Please pray . . .

  • For the Lord to thwart the looming mental health crisis being predicted in the next 3-4 weeks.
  • For the Lord to push back the spirit of learned helplessness, hopelessness, despair, anxiety, and anger that social isolation will bring
  • For child and adult protective services workers, frontline medical professionals, police and emergency services personnel who will be overwhelmed with need.
  • For mental health providers to remain healthy – physically and emotionally – so they can help those in need (burnout is a real thing)

Catechism: The Principles of the Christian Religion.

  • Question 19: What is the soul?
  • Answer: The inward and spiritual part of man; which is immortal, and never can die.
  • Question 20: How did God make man at the beginning?
  • Answer: According to his own likeness and image.
  • Question 21: How was the image of God principally seen?
  • Answer: In the perfection of the understanding; and the freedom, and holiness of the will.

As our anonymous artist said, “Be well.” 🙂 All my best for your day today.

Thy testimonies have I taken as an heritage for ever: for they are the rejoicing of my heart.

Psalm 119:111

Judgments #20

My soul is fragile, it
Breaketh like thin glass,
For carelessness is a rough friend.

The longing to be put back together,
That deep and abiding need,
It hath coursed through me.

Unto you I cry, O Glassblower,
Thy judgments can smelt my shards,
At all times, in all places, everyday repair me.

My soul breaketh for the longing that it hath unto thy judgments at all times.

Psalm 119:20

Pastors Letter – March 25, 2020 – We Shall Come Forth

It is good that thou shouldest take hold of this; yea, also from this withdraw not thine hand: for he that feareth God shall come forth of them all.

Ecclesiastes 7:18

What a beautiful day to serve the Lord! The sun shine just makes our isolation bearable. Today’s epistle focuses on the book of Ecclesiastes. Our Wednesday Night Bible Study has focused on the words of Solomon found in that book for the last several weeks. For this letter I want to direct your attention to the seventh chapter.

I wont make a lot of comment here but will ask that you look at the file I have linked. It is my teaching outline for chapter seven. Read through the chapter and consider my divisions within the chapter. Remember, that the phrase “under the sun” is the secret sauce for everything that Solomon says in Ecclesiastes. Go here to see the outline.

Today instead of music please enjoy a recording of the last sermon I preached at Creek Road Baptist Church.

Prayer Requests: Over the past week I’ve included links to prayer sites, but today please prayer for . . .

  • protection from the foolishness of idol hands.
  • health for those infected with the virus.
  • salvation for our neighbors, that this crisis would turn their hearts to the Lord.
  • provision for those who lost jobs due to the shut down.
  • protection for our missionaries serving over seas in countries were the virus has hit the hardest.

Catechism: The Principles of the Christian Religion.

  • Question 16: What is the nature of Angels?
  • Answer: They are wholly spiritual, having no body at all.
  • Question 17: What is the nature of men?
  • Answer: Man consists of two divers parts; a body and a soul.
  • Question 18: What is the body?
  • Answer: The outward and earthly part of man: made at the beginning of the dust of the earth.

Stay well. Redeem the time. All my best.

See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

Ephesians 5:15-16