“The Word of God in crisis, like pandemic COVID-19” (quoted from my writings about Theology of Crisis).
You may be familiar with some passages, but His Word is an ever-present help in times of trouble (Ps. 46:1), and His promises are a source of great comfort. Proverbs 3:5 reminds us to trust in the Lord with all our heart and not to lean on our own understanding. When we forget this principle, it leads to increased fear and anxiety. Psalm 28:7 reminds us that the Lord is our strength and our shield, and Jesus told us in Matthew 6:25 not to worry about anything because He is in control. Philippians 4:6-7 adds: "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything, by prayer and supplication with gratitude, make your requests known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will protect your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."
Do you have this peace that Jesus talks about? If not, take time now to repent and commit your life to Him. "There is no peace until we can look back and see the cross of Christ between us and our sins" --Pastor of the Church!
March 20, 2020 Dear Brothers, Greetings to you in the name of Jesus, the One who suffered, yet rose victorious!
Every day there are changes and increasing orders and restrictions regarding COVID-19. I've attached the most recent orders from Colorado and links to find New Mexico's, Utah's (their website wouldn't permit copy and paste); however, by the time you receive and read this, there may be new orders. Texas, Nebraska and Arizona have various restrictions which one can find on websites for those states.
It's important that these orders be followed, not only for the sake of submitting to God given authority; it's a matter of self-care and love for your neighbor. These are 4th and 5th Commandment matters.
This morning I was alerted by one of our Rocky Mountain District pastors that one of his members has tested positive. That member played Bridge on Feb. 29th with the first woman who died of COVID-19 in Colorado, and has subsequently attended worship.
As I read Psalm 130 this morning, and in reflecting on the pandemic, I was encouraged by v. 7: "O Israel, hope in the Lord! For with the Lord there is steadfast love, and with him is plentiful redemption." They're encouraging words for us now, and for all eternity for God's people!
Brothers, in the midst of your caring for your people, please exercise self-care. You are invaluable to your family and your congregation(s).
You continue to be in my prayers.
In Christ's love and service,
Pastor Roger Schlechte Rocky Mountain District President
Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen. Ephesians 3:20-21