In Times Like These

COVID-19 Connection Series # 1 
3/18.2020
In Times Like Theses

Good Afternoon SLBC Family 

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This is our first post in our COVID-19 world.

This post is being provided to keep us as a church community connected. I hope that all of our church body will come and join us daily as we visit, pray, and read God’s Word together.

How many of you ever went to a Billy Graham Crusade? Do you remember George Beverly Shea (1909-2013)? What an outstanding soloist. Well, he wrote a Christian hymn that he often would sing at the Billy Graham Crusades. The hymn I want to share with you today is entitled: In Times Like These. Listen to the words and let them resonate with you today.

In times like these you need a Savior
In times like these you need an anchor
Be very sure, be very sure
Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock!

This Rock is Jesus, Yes He’s the One
This Rock is Jesus, the only One
Be very sure, be very sure
Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock!

In times like these you need the Bible
In times like these, O be not idle
Be very sure, be very sure
Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock!

This Rock is Jesus, Yes He’s the One
This Rock is Jesus, the only One
Be very sure, be very sure
Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock!

In times like these I have…

How are you doing today? Physically? Mentally? Emotionally? I would say, socially, but we must begin to practice some social distancing. Now is a great time to enjoy your immediate family!!!

Do you have everything you need? Do you need anything?

If we can help meet each other’s needs let’s use the comments section to make those needs known. If you read a need that you personally can help with, just go do it! Jesus said, “All men will know you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:35). Love is an action word, so let us therefore look for practical ways to love one another.

Let’s pause for prayer: If you have something you want us to pray about you can email me at grace2u4@gmail.com.

  • Church family
  • Health
  • Community leadership
  • Medical workers
  • National leaders and their response

Do you need a Word from the Lord today? Actually we need a Word from the Lord ever day. Can I encourage you to follow along in your own Bible as I read from the book of Romans? Open your Bible to Romans 8:18. We will start there.

From Suffering to Glory

18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be comparedwith the glory which shall be revealed in us.

  • Suffering is an inevitable in this life.
  • Suffering is nothing in comparison to what we have to look forward to – glory with our God and Savior.

19 For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God. 20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope;

  • Are you aware as to why we face virus’ like COVID-19? The sin of Adam and Eve. All Creation now suffers because of original sin.

21 because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.

  • Did you hear the hope provided in that verse? Even COVID-19 is temporary.

22 For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now. 23 Not only that, but we also who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body. 24 For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance.

  • Our world (Creation) and our bodies groan because they desire redemption (deliverance). God never designed us for a fallen world. We were created for a perfect environment. We long for that perfect place. For the believer it will be the very presence of God.

26 Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. 27 Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is,because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.

  • How do we pray in times like these? Sometimes we admit we are clueless in our prayers. That’s okay because God has provided us the Holy Spirit who prays on our behalf. When we don’t know how to pray the Holy Spirit make intercession for us. God hears the prayers of the Holy Spirit as if they were our prayers.

28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. 29 For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. 30 Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.

  • God will use bad things to make us better people. COVID-19 can be used to make us more like Jesus Christ. We have been called according to His purpose. He foreknew you. He predestined you to become more like Jesus. Jesus was born to SERVE. Jesus lived for others. Jesus died for us!
  • We have been called (salvation), we have been justified (just like we have never sinned), and one day we will be glorified (God sees us right now complete and glorified).

   These are some great thought in the days we are presently living. What should be the believer’s response to COVID-19 and any other type of suffering we might have to face in the future? Well, let’s take a look at the last seven verses.

God’s Everlasting Love

31 What then shall we say to these things? (UNDERLINE those words) If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? 33 Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.

  • Not only does the Holy Spirit pray for us, but now we are told that Jesus Christ, the Son of God prays for us. Jesus sees our concern, knows where we are right now with COVID-19, and what is happening around us. Are you comforted by knowing He prays for us?

35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written:

“For Your sake we are killed all day long;

We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.”

37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. 

  • Nothing shall separate us from the love of Christ. Not tribulation, distress, persecution, famine, nakedness, peril, or sword.
  • Check out the last three verses again – verses 37-39. POWERFUL reminder.
  • Let’s God’s Word provided hope and encouragement in these days of concern.

Do you recall how Barbara Walters would end her 20/20 program? She would say, “And remember, that we’re in touch, so you be in touch.” I’m Pastor Kim. And from everyone who is a part of SLBC. Have a Christ-filled day. Until tomorrow.