Daily Updates, Information & Encouragement
Greetings, as we navigate this unique time,
we will continue to keep
you updated and encouraged on a daily basis.
“The Lord on high is mightier
Than the noise of many waters,
Than the mighty waves of the sea.”
To Him Be The Glory – CH Spurgeon
“To Him be glory both now and forever.”
—2 Peter 3:18
Heaven will be full of the ceaseless praises of Jesus. Eternity! Thine unnumbered years shall speed their everlasting course, but forever and forever, “to Him be glory.” Is He not a “Priest forever after the order of Melchizedek”? “To Him be glory.” Is He not king forever?—King of kings and Lord of lords, the everlasting Father? “To Him be glory forever.” Never shall His praises cease.
That which was bought with blood deserves to last while immortality endures. The glory of the cross must never be eclipsed. The luster of the grave and of the resurrection must never be dimmed. O Jesus! thou shalt be praised for ever. Long as immortal spirits live—long as the Father’s throne endures—forever, forever, unto thee shall be glory.
Believer, you are anticipating the time when you shall join the saints above in ascribing all glory to Jesus; but are you glorifying Him now? The apostle’s words are, “To Him be glory both now and forever.” Will you not this day make it your prayer? “Lord, help me to glorify Thee; I am poor, help me to glorify Thee by contentment. I am sick, help me to give Thee honor by patience. I have talents, help me to extol Thee by spending them for Thee. I have time, Lord, help me to redeem it, that I may serve Thee. I have a heart to feel, Lord, let that heart feel no love but Thine, and glow with no flame but affection for Thee. I have a head to think, Lord, help me to think of Thee and for Thee.
Thou hast put me in this world for something, Lord, show me what that is, and help me to work out my life-purpose. I cannot do much, but as the widow put in her two mites, which were all her living, so, Lord, I cast my time and eternity too into Thy treasury. I am all Thine; take me, and enable me to glorify Thee now, in all that I say, in all that I do, and with all that I have.”
COVID-19 Crisis Prayer – Pastor Mike
Crisis Prayer Topic Pray for Truth and Righteousness
In the parable of the wheat and tares explained by Jesus in Matthew 13, Vs. 43 records how Jesus declares: “Then the righteous will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”
There are many claiming truth in our crisis. Some are like the tares in the parable by Jesus. Jesus is truth and the source of all truth. Experts from a variety of specialties within the medical community are offering opinions and advice related to the crises and management thereof. Experts from a host of other fields, from pharmaceutical research to economics are offering their opinions and advice as well. There is much contention related to, and now compounding the crisis. We need to take care how we communicate as Christians, trusting Jesus will take care of our disposition.
Pray that we would maintain loving attitudes even when dissenting opinions and challenges arise. Pray that we would seek peace and pursue peace. Pray that we would extend grace and for our speech to be seasoned with grace. Pray that no unwholesome word would proceed out of our mouths.
Pray for leaders and experts and for those who give them counsel. Pray that counsel is of the Lord, whether they acknowledge Him or not. Pray that God would direct the thoughts and minds of those making decisions for our country and our lives. Pray that we would leave the “tares” of this crisis to Jesus and His wisdom and that we would take great care to give Him glory with our lives and speech and actions.
“I will both lie down in peace, and sleep;
For You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.”
Our Defense Against Worry – Greg Laurie
And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus
We live in such a stress-filled society today. We could write these words on the tombstones of many Americans: Hurried, worried, buried. We’re constantly in motion, going from one thing to another, from one worry to another. We can get so stressed out that we’re almost immobilized. Sometimes, worry can absolutely paralyze a person’s life.
But as my friend Max Lucado has said, “Your anxiety decreases as your understanding of your Father increases.” That is really the heart of the matter.
On July 24, 2008, my wife and I heard the news that no parent ever wants to hear. We found out that our son had suddenly left us for Heaven. Anxiety, panic, worry, and fear all crashed in at the same time. And as I bent beneath the weight of it, I honestly wondered if I could survive such a thing. As a pastor, I had spoken with people over the years who had lost children, but when it happened to me, I honestly wondered if I could handle it.
But God was there for me. And one of the reasons I have continued to preach since that day is because of that, because God was there. If the Lord had not come through for me on that day, I would have given up preaching. But He did come through for me.
I’m not saying it has been easy. We still miss our son, of course, and we still feel deep pain. But we have found the truth of Philippians 4:6–7: “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (nkjv).
COVID-19 Crisis Prayer – Pastor Mike
Crisis Prayer Topic: O LORD my God, You are very Great!
Today is good day to declare the good works of the LORD. .
“O Lord my God, You are very great; You are clothed with honor and majesty” Psalm 104: 1
Let us bless the LORD for his majestic works:
Who covers Himself with light and stretches out the heavens like a curtain
Who laid the foundations of the earth
Who covered the earth with deep waters that stand above the mountains
Who sends springs into the valleys
Who causes the grass to grow
Who brings forth food from the earth
Who appointed the moon for seasons; the sun knows its going down
The earth is full of His possessions
Who gives food in due seasons
Who sends forth His Spirit and renews the face of the earth
Let us sing to the LORD as long as we live. Let us sing praise to our God while we have our being. Let our meditation be sweet to Him. Let us be glad in the LORD. Praise the LORD!
And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.
Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
In The Likeness of Jesus – CH Spurgeon
“And they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.”
A Christian should be a striking likeness of Jesus Christ. You have read lives of Christ, beautifully and eloquently written. But the best life of Christ is His living biography, written out in the words and actions of His people.
If we were what we profess to be, and what we should be, we should be pictures of Christ; yea, such striking likenesses of Him, that the world would not have to hold us up by the hour together, and say, “Well, it seems somewhat of a likeness;” but they would, when they once beheld us, exclaim, “He has been with Jesus; he has been taught of him; he is like Him; he has caught the very idea of the holy Man of Nazareth, and he works it out in his life and every-day actions.”
A Christian should be like Christ in his boldness. Never blush to own your religion. Your profession will never disgrace you: take care you never disgrace that. Be like Jesus, very valiant for your God. Imitate Him in your loving spirit. Think kindly, speak kindly, and do kindly, that men may say of you, “He has been with Jesus.”
Imitate Jesus in His holiness. Was He zealous for His Master? So be you; ever go about doing good. Let not time be wasted: it is too precious. Was He self-denying, never looking to His own interest? Be the same. Was He devout? Be you fervent in your prayers. Had He deference to his Father’s will? So submit yourselves to Him. Was he patient? So learn to endure.
And best of all, as the highest portraiture of Jesus, try to forgive your enemies, as He did; and let those sublime words of your Master, “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do,” always ring in your ears. Forgive, as you hope to be forgiven. Heap coals of fire on the head of your foe by your kindness to Him. Good for evil, recollect, is godlike. Be godlike, then; and in all ways and by all means, so live that all may say of you, “He has been with Jesus.”
COVID-19 Crisis Prayer – Pastor Mike
Crisis Prayer Topic: Bless the LORD
Today is the day to bless the LORD. This psalm of David lists numerous reasons and ways for which we can bless the LORD.
“Bless the LORD, O my soul; and all that is in me, bless His holy name” Psalm 103: 1
Let us bless the LORD:
· And forget not His benefits
· Who forgives all your iniquities
· Who heals all your diseases
· Who redeems your life from destruction
· Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies
· Who satisfies your mouth with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s
· Who executes righteousness and justice for all who are oppressed
· Who makes His ways known to us
· Who is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in mercy
· Who has not dealt with us according to our iniquities
· Whose mercy is great to those who fear Him
· Who has removed our transgressions from us as far as the east is from the west
· Who pities us as a father pities his children
· Who knows we are but dust
· Whose mercy is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him
· Who has established His throne in heaven and His kingdom rules over all
Bless the LORD, O my soul…
This is a faithful saying, and these things I want you to affirm constantly, that those who have believed in God should be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable to men.
Spiritual Hoarders – Greg Laurie
“For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many”
I would describe myself as a micro-hoarder. I save pretty much everything, especially drawings that my children or grandchildren created for me over the years. But then I save random things, such as a single cord to a device I no longer have.
My wife, Cathe, will pick up a cord and say, “What does this go to?”
“I don’t know,” I’ll tell her, “but one day I may need it.”
So, I throw it in a box, where they are all tightly wound together into a big ball of cord madness. But every now and then, I find the very cord I was looking for.
I also save single socks, by the way. If I happen to lose one sock, I will save it in case the other sock returns somehow.
But some people are serious hoarders. We’ve seen the shows about them on television. Over the years, they have stacked books, newspapers, and magazines from floor to ceiling and collected weird junk.
Now people are hoarding other commodities: toilet paper and cleaning supplies.
I think Christians, too, can hoard. I’m not talking about stockpiling reading material or paper goods, however. I’m talking about when they look at church and think, “What’s in this for me? How are you meeting my needs?”
Jesus said of Himself, “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45 nlt).
A real mark of spiritual maturity is that you no longer perceive church, thinking about how you can be served. Instead, you look for ways to serve others. You have skin in the game. And that indicates you’re growing spiritually.
I guarantee that as you focus on helping others and ministering to others, you will be blessed.
COVID-19 Crisis Prayer – Pastor Mike
Crisis Prayer Topic: They will perish, but You will endure
In Psalm 102, the psalmist moves from pouring out his complaint before the LORD to declaring the LORD will shall build up His people and shall hear their prayer of distress.
“For the LORD shall build up Zion; He shall appear in His glory. He shall regard the prayer of the destitute, and shall not despise their prayer” Psalm 102: 16, 17
Pray we would be reminded that the will of the LORD God shall be done. Let us ask for His will to be done in our lives, in our families, in our communities, in our church. Pray for his will to be done concerning those who cause His people to groan as prisoners. Pray for His will to be done in our country and among our country’s leaders.
Ask the LORD to strengthen us in our prayers and petitions to Him. That we would not grow weary in our daily devotion to Him and our daily praise of Him. Pray we would ask and receive a fresh filling of the Holy Spirit each time we pray to the LORD. To pray in accordance with His will and His way.
Praise the LORD that He is unchanging. He is the same and His years have no end. For this we ask that we would continue as His children and our descendants will be established before the LORD as well.