SOME THOUGHTS ON THE POST-CORONAVIRUS WORLD AND CHURCH
To paraphrase Amos, “I am not a prophet, or the son of a prophet” (Amos 7:14), nevertheless I have a few thoughts concerning some changes that I foresee coming in the post-coronavirus world and in the church of our Lord as to how we all might be forced to “do business.” Once again, I will remind my readers that these are “HUGH’S News & Views,” that they are only my thoughts, and are not intended to represent the thinking of anyone else. No one has to agree with me. And since I am not omniscient or divinely inspired, I may very well be wrong about some or all of my observations. Continue reading
Psalm 42 was written by a Korahite, a temple singer, who in exile was kept from his duties among God’s people. He longs for the day when he can again participate in temple worship, perhaps even leading the procession to the holy place. He agonizes and questions his present suffering, but the great refrain of the psalm (vv. 5, 11) is to wait for God, to hope in him and give him thanks, for he is Savior.
It is noteworthy that the author does what he did best: he wrote a song and sang it. It wasn’t in the temple, but he used his talents to do what he could under the restrictions he was subjected to.
The psalm can have a good application to us who are used to serving the Lord in specific ways and with well-defined gifts. We may not be able to do that today, because of the social distancing. But we can still use the talents God gives us within our limitations. We may agonize and question, as the psalmist did, but he encourages us to wait for God and, in the meantime, do what is within our possibility.
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When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command the locust to devour the land, or send pestilence among my people, if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7:13-14 ESV)
Если Я заключу небо и не будет дождя, и если повелю саранче поядать землю, или пошлю моровую язву на народ Мой, и смирится народ Мой, который именуется именем Моим, и будут молиться, и взыщут лица Моего, и обратятся от худых путей своих, то Я услышу с неба и прощу грехи их и исцелю землю их. (2-я Паралипоменон 7:13-14 Russian)
O LORD my God ~ hear the cries of your people who trust in your great love for humanity and especially those who love your beloved Son. We are not even certain of what to ask as we consider the near plague proportions of the current coronavirus. We love you Lord and we trust in your will for this planet and the future of all people. Give wisdom and courage to all who trust in Christ, who has been given all authority. Give us the courage to use all our skills to help poor widows and orphans and our neighbors who may live near or far away. According to your will, please make this virus go away and if not, increase our faith so that we may not be moved as we hear how this coronavirus is spreading. We ardently pray in the precious name of Jesus, Amen.
David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister
Cedar Key Church
While congregations across the world have cancelled their meetings because of the coronavirus, some still insist on gathering the saints together. Yesterday, we in Urbanova gathered a small number together, while experimenting for the first time with a live broadcast. Continue reading