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The Church during the days of Corona Virus: Pray for small businesses

I help a friend manage an independent coffee shop. Thankfully, his shop is doing well! We actually saw sales more than double after the initial shutdown!
However, just this past few weeks saw three stores around us close permanently. A few dozen other businesses I know of have closed permanently in the past six months, and I have known some of those owners and several of their employees.
Let us lift all of these people up in prayer.

Daniel

The Domain for Truth

Our “This Sunday” series will be another a Corona Virus edition.  For this Sunday here’s what you can do: Pray for small businesses.

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VerseD: Matthew 4:4

But he answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
Matthew 4:4 ESV

Our bread is more than something to eat. We are sustained by God’s written Word and The Word, Jesus Christ.
Daily reading of Scripture encourages our souls. Seeking Jesus by the help of the Holy Spirit gives us assurance and strength.

VerseD: Romans 12:21

Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
Romans 12:21, ESV

We do not retaliate against wrongs done to us or around us. We know that our Lord will deal with evil in its due time, especially upon His return!

VerseD: Psalm 51:1-2

Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin!
Psalm 51:1‭-‬2, ESV

It is not any inherent goodness or hard work  on our part that God shows us His mercy and grace. It is entirely God’s love and works (through Jesus Christ) that we are made clean and found worthy of eternal life.

VerseD: 1 Corinthians 13:1

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.
1 Corinthians 13:1, ESV

If God’s love is not moving through us, even our most eloquent speeches, beautiful lyrics, and well-crafted writings are meaningless drivel that lead people astray.
God’s love saves us and leads us to bring others along.

Just Be Thankful You’re Alive!

Amen.

The Recovering Legalist

Sunrise over Chattanooga

As I Was Reading…

As I was reading the book of Lamentations (not the happiest of reads), I read a verse I’d like to share with you.

Why should any living person complain, any man, because of the punishment for his sins? (Lamentations 3:39, CSB)

What does this verse mean?

Simply put, if you have been punished for your sins by a Holy God … and you’re still alive … you have nothing to complain about!

Seriously, so often we gripe about the circumstances we endure, yet those circumstances are often the result of our own sinful decisions.

But isn’t it a wonderful thing that we are so loved by our heavenly Father? Because he is rich in mercy, He does not pour out on us the punishment we deserve.

We are alive! We should be grateful!

Let us search and try our ways, and turn…

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VerseD: Philippians 2:13

for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.
Philippians 2:13, ESV

God changes us. No amount of self-help remedies nor willpower can make our lives significantly better, especially in terms of our eternal destination.
Trust in Christ alone.

VerseD: Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
Proverbs 3:5‭-‬6, ESV

Life is easier (at least easier to understand and come to grips with) when God is the beginning, center, and end of all our thoughts, days, and expectations.
Focus on God to simplify life, at least for mental, emotional, and spiritual peace.

VerseD: Psalm 23:6

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
Psalm 23:6, ESV

Seeking God is the only way to find true goodness and mercy, and Christ is the only source of eternal life.

The Church during the days of Corona Virus: Pray for the Fires in West Coast United States

The Domain for Truth

Our “This Sunday” series will be another a Corona Virus edition.  For this Sunday here’s what you can do: Pray for the Fires in West Coast United States.

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