This new tag began to trend on social media last Sunday. As thousands of churches across the country elected not to meet in person to limit the spread of the Coronavirus, Christians all over began to find alternative ways of meeting.
Some Christians met by having their own time of worship.
Families studied, prayed, and communed together.
Some churches took to the radio and even to television.
Thousands, like Burns, took our services online.
As of 10am on Thursday, our morning worship service showed
up more than 2,600 times on people’s phones, computers, and tablets. The video was viewed in part 1,514
times. I know that most of those views were just for a few seconds as people
scrolled on down to the next thing on their feeds, but well over 100
“connections” watched from beginning to end. Remember that many of these
connections represented families or friends worshipping together. I suspect
that even though our auditorium was empty, last Sunday may have been our
highest-attended service in history! Several even participated in worship
services from churches all over the country.
I can’t wait to get back together to hug and high five and
fist bump and be in the same room, but I love that even when we can’t assemble
in person, we still assemble. It’s a reminder of the deeper truth that the
assembly of Christians is always bigger than our assembly. I’m
privileged to be part of that assembly!
Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the
voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to listen than
the fat of rams.” (1 Samuel 15:22)
What does God want?
The same thing any parent wants. He wants his children to listen and obey.
Why does he command?
Why does any parent command? He wants his children to grow and be safe and be good and be everything that they could be.
preacher’s story is attributed to Dietrich Bonhoeffer. I’m not sure if it’s
true, but I sure like the idea:
missionary translator was struggling to find a word for obedience. There are a
lot of words that are hard to move from one language to another. One day, he
called his dog. When the dog came running, one of the locals praised the dog
and said, “Your dog is all ear!”
became the perfect idiom for obedience: “to be all ear.”
listen and hear what God is telling us? Do his words go in one ear and out the
said, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” (John 14:15)
Someone has said that in war Providence is on the side of the strongest regiments. And I have noted that Providence is on the side of clear heads and honest hearts; and whenever a man walks faithfully in the ways that God has marked out for him, Providence, as the Christian says—luck, as the heathen says—will be on that man’s side. In the long run you will find that God’s Providence is in favor of those who keep His laws, and against those that break them. —Henry Ward Beecher
that doing right is not a guarantee that good things will happen to us. Under
the sun, the race isn’t always won by the fastest nor is the battle always won
by the strongest (Ecclesiastes 9:11). However, when we do things right,
generally good things tend to happen.
people speak of “being on the right side of history.” It is embarrassing to
look back and see people arguing in favor of slavery. We want our
grandchildren’s children to judge that we were doing right. We don’t want to be
in the wrong.
surest way to be judged right in the end, and the path most likely to lead
towards a successful life, is the path that follows the instruction of God.
After all, isn’t God himself the definition of right?
fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and
instruction.” (Proverbs 1:7)
come home from work tomorrow, the sun will still be shining. What will we do?
seeing the sun when I get home, but I hate how out of whack both time changes
make me feel. The kids don’t adjust quickly. We don’t feel right for a few
days. A study in Sleep Medicine found that the spring shift to DST
correlates to a 6% spike in fatal car accidents during the following workweek.
It’s hard to prove, but that lost hour of sleep may kill 28 people per year.
a strange relationship with the clock. What was supposed to be a tool to help
us divide the day into manageable pieces has become a taskmaster for us. Did
you know that the minute hand was only added to clocks in 1680? The second hand
didn’t become popular until the 1700s, and it was the 1900s before the second
hand was centered on the clockface. Most of us simply didn’t need that degree
manage your time, or does it manage you? Do you find yourself wishing away your
time, wanting the next phase of life to get here? Do you rush ahead of the
clock and worry about tomorrow? Do you try to swim up the waterfall of time and
obsess over what happened yesterday? Or like so many, do you kill time without
thinking about the scarcity of this most precious resource?
mastered by time. Use the precious gift of life, given one moment at a time, to
carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of
the time, because the days are evil.” (Ephesians 5:15-16 ESV)