A Constant Amid COVID-19

An outbreak of the coronavirus, COVID-19, began in Wuhan, China in November 2019. Since that time, the virus has spread rapidly infecting people around the globe. As of this writing, there are hundreds of thousands of diagnosed cases with tens of thousands of deaths. There are thousands of new cases daily with the number of infections and deaths expected to rise rapidly. Read more

Godly Example of Good Citizenship

The governments of many countries have requested or mandated that there be no gatherings of people during this time of instability due to the virus. The question has been debated recently, should we as Christians follow these guidelines and postpone our usual worship services or should we defy the ordinance of man to worship God in our chapels? As a body of believers, what example and message would we send to the world and our neighbors if we were to meet for worship in defiance of our civil government? Does it show devoutness to God or a stubborn, rebellious spirit? Read more

Nothing Can Separate Us from the Love of God (Special Edition)

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? … Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 8:35-39

What comfort and assurance there is in knowing that nothing can separate us from the love of God. Difficulties will come, but there is no power, virus, or lost job that can steal salvation from the child of God. There is an anchor of hope in Christ and a bright eternal future that lies ahead if we stay faithful to our Lord and Master.Read more

Encouragement from Around the World

“BEHOLD THE FOWLS OF THE AIR: FOR THEY SOW NOT, NEITHER DO THEY REAP, NOR GATHER INTO BARNS; YET YOUR HEAVENLY FATHER FEEDETH THEM. ARE YE NOT MUCH BETTER THAN THEY?”
—MATTHEW 6:26
CONCERNING THE PANDEMIC

BRO. CHINWENDU NWACHUKWU (NIGERIA)

Surprisingly, the world is faced with another killer disease of which if the Lord would not take mercy, many souls would surely be lost.

As children of God, we are called upon to make supplications to God in times like this. While there have been speculations about the source and target of this disease, whether natural or man-made, one thing is certain, the Lord has allowed it. A couple of weeks ago before this was as widespread, my mind was led to the scripture in Ezekiel 14:12-20.Read more

Arise and Pray

“IF I SHUT UP HEAVEN THAT THERE BE NO RAIN, OR IF I COMMAND THE LOCUSTS TO DEVOUR THE LAND, OR IF I SEND PESTILENCE AMONG MY PEOPLE; IF MY PEOPLE, WHICH ARE CALLED BY MY NAME, SHALL HUMBLE THEMSELVES, AND PRAY, AND SEEK MY FACE, AND TURN FROM THEIR WICKED WAYS; THEN WILL I HEAR FROM HEAVEN, AND WILL FORGIVE THEIR SIN, AND WILL HEAL THEIR LAND.”
—2 CHRONICLES 7:13-14
BRO. PETER AKWEYONA (KENYA)

All over in Kenya people are living in fear, not knowing what may befall them the next day. Daily things are being shut down, even worship services, in an effort to control the pandemic. The Lord is using the virus to bring the rich and the poor back to repentance. During this time, may the saints around the world not fear but rise and pray more for Satan to be rebuked. By the blood of Jesus Christ, we are healed.Read more

Where Is Our Faith?

BRO. IVAN ECK (KANSAS, USA)

We know that most people have questions about the worldwide pandemic we are facing. While there are good reasons to practice great carefulness, God would not want our spirits to be oppressed or tormented by our fears. So, I ask us this question, “What should we do in these times of uncertainty?”Read more

Excerpts from India

DIFFICULT EXPERIENCES

BRO. W. S. VEDHA (INDIA)

I am almost 65 years of age and have faced a lot of difficult experiences in my Christian life. The coronavirus pandemic has taught us many lessons the last two months. We pray to the Lord asking, “Is it the end of time and the second coming of Jesus?” [“But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only” Matthew 24:36.]Read more

Ye Are the Salt of the Earth

BRO. PAUL PHILLIPS (CALIFORNIA, USA)

“Ye are the salt of the earth…” How much have you thought about the worldwide current event of this day? What has it brought to your mind? I have observed the reactions of people around me. Some of their reactions are based in fear. Some reactions are based upon reasoning. Christian, what has been your reaction? Has it been one of peace? Have you a calm resolve within? We are to be a blessing; our lives are to be a saving and preserving of this world from total, universal corruption. Read more

Social Distancing or Spiritual Connecting?

“Social distancing” is a term that is being used frequently. It is deliberately increasing the physical space (i.e. six feet) between people to avoid spreading the virus. It includes avoiding large crowds and has caused governments to close businesses and schools. The result is that many people are staying in their homes with little social interaction and without the weekly fellowship and/or support of other people.

This is an opportune time for “spiritual connecting.” First, use this time to connect more closely to the Lord Jesus and strengthen your relationship with God. Secondly, while you may not be able to physically be with someone, you can be a friend. Take time daily to reach out by text, social media, and phone calls to increase the spiritual connection you have with other people and point them to Christ. There are many people that are feeling isolated, alone, and fearful. The government is calling for social distancing and the Lord is calling for spiritual connecting. You can make the difference in someone’s life today.
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Folded Garments

BRO. ED WILSON (OKLAHOMA, USA)

The resurrection story of Jesus tells us in John 20:6-8, “Then cometh Simon Peter following him, and went into the sepulchre, and seeth the linen clothes lie, And the napkin, that was about his head, not lying with the linen clothes, but wrapped together in a place by itself. Then went in also (John)… and he saw, and believed.” Read more