For God alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken. Psalm 62:1-2

With all that seems to be developing in the world with the novel COVID-19 Virus, I have caught myself captivated by the news and other media sources desiring to see what is happening next.  Hour by hour and day by day we wait as the latest numbers on cases, deaths and business and travel restrictions come out.

As I wait in the space in between updates, my thoughts wander in a seemingly eerie silence. What comes to your minds as you “wait” in silence like this? This is an extreme example of course, with everything that is happening in the world right now.  But think about all of the areas of our lives and days where we can catch ourselves waiting in some sort of silence.  Maybe it’s the time between receiving news of an illness and the first meeting with the doctors?  Maybe it is in between the job interview and the job offer? Or maybe it is in the space between hearing the Gospel and responding to it?  Is it well with your soul as you wait?

I’ve found it edifying to reflect on the truth and peace that Psalm 62:1-2 offers in this period of silence. For God alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken.

Brothers and sisters in Christ, let’s take this silence and focus on what is true, honorable, just, pure, lovely and commendable.  As Paul writes, “if there is any excellence, anything worthy of praise, THINK ABOUT THESE THINGS.” Philippians 4:8

We who know Christ have eternal hope and we set our hope on things in heaven, not things of this world. Now, more than ever, let this truth wash over you.  In times like this your faith will be tested. Your thoughts will wander, you may even doubt God’s goodness. But, because of the Holy Spirit that lives inside each one of us and unites us as the body of Christ, we must choose faith over fear. Our faith, given not earned, not only sanctifies us and strengthens us, but will be an encouragement to one another. Most importantly, our faith will be a testimony to those whose treasure is not in heaven and do not yet have eyes to see or ears to hear the Good News of our Savior Jesus Christ!

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice.  Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:4-7

Your Spirt lead reasonableness and peace will be recognized by those who you are surrounded by during this time. Think about your family, your co-workers, your neighbors. DO NOT squander this opportunity. There is a great harvest available and God has a glorious purpose in the midst of a pandemic. He alone is your rock and your salvation, your fortress; you shall not be shaken. God bless.

It’s been over a month since we returned from Kerala, India. I am still relishing in the love displayed by the Body of Christ over there. We savored the close bonds developed with Babu and the other pastors. I witnessed my wife flourish as she was showered with the love of Mercy, Bindhu and the rest of women. We saw the Holy Spirit move in such mighty ways. God’s design was exemplified and it was beautiful to witness! His glory is on display in the nations!

Scripture is clear: go and proclaim the Gospel. In God’s eyes this is done by men and women both who are strong not on their own merits, but through him who strengthens us – Jesus Christ.

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Yesterday (Thursday) was another full day. Four more church visits and some time spent at one of the bible training centers. I have no idea how many kilometers we traveled – but it sure seemed like a lot. But here, travel takes a long time because of the bad roads, curvy, twisting streets and traffic.

When we got home last night I was wrecked. I was physically and emotionally drained. I awoke this morning and began thinking through all of the places we have been and all of the people we have met – and all of the things we have seen. It made me weep with the heaviness of it all. I know I have mentioned this before – but the need in this nation is indescribable. The more we travel and the more we see – the more it hits home.

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Romans 12 has been on my heart for a couple of months now, specifically verse 1. I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. I had the chance to share a message on this particular verse while we have been in India.

Do you come to Church to get something from God? Please do not misunderstand me. Church is a place of refuge, replenishment for our souls, a place of worshiping our Father in heaven. But are you just taking? Are you giving back, or serving in some capacity? I want you to think deeply about what I am asking. Do you come to God always trying to get something? And has it been a fruitful experience or are you frustrated with empty results?

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We are nearing the close of our 11th day here in India. Both Freddie and I had intentions of posting a lot more than we have, but we are kept pretty busy most days and when we are able to get time to write – we usually end up spending it reading or having conversations with Babu and learning as much as we can about his ministry and how things work here.

To say this has been a learning experience would be putting it mildly. Not only have we been blessed to learn more about GCM as a whole, we have learned about culture, language, and have gotten to know Babu and his family more. It doesn’t seem like we have been here for almost two weeks, yet it also seems like we have been here longer.

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Yesterday evening, after what seemed to be a long day, came to an end in worship. True worship in a sense is what we should be doing every moment of our day. Tonight it started with song, then the reading of scripture, and ended in prayer.

The songs were simple, no fancy instruments, just voices and clapping of hands. The voices were lifted in harmony, eyes closed lifting praise to a holy, righteous, true and living God. I did not understand the words but their faces reflected a love for our Father in heaven. Looking at them drove me to examine my own worship when I am singing. Am I doing it just out of ritual? Do I truly know the words if the PowerPoint goes down…?

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I have been reading through the Gospel of John a lot lately. I must say some of my favorite chapters in the Bible are found in this Gospel; specifically chapters 14-17. Throughout these verses we see Jesus laying out things that are going to happen. He was going to the cross, but before he did he wanted to reassure them – and us – that though he would suffer and die, he would return.

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