Kept in Seasons of Danger (Part 1)

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We live in dangerous times. Covid19 has spread its lethal tentacles all over the world. It has silently crept in the hovels of the poor and into the mansions of the rich, powerful and famous. The virus is not a respecter of persons. Fear abounds. None can escape the touch of its cold hand.

How should a Christian live in “Seasons of Danger”?  The advice the Puritan John Flavel (1628-1691) gave to Christians in England long ago,  is relevant today.  Here is just a snippet of that advice. 

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Understand that everything is in the hand of God. Get this thought well settled in your heart and it will “guard you against slavish fears.” 

Remember that God, in whose hands you are, is your Father. Christ is King and Supreme Lord. You are the apple of His eye. He loves you most tenderly. Understand this and you will quickly say, “Return unto your rest, O my soul.”

Then

You will soon sing “in the midst of danger, “The Lord is King of all the earth, sing praise with understanding.” 

Simple yet profoundly true.

Praise the Lord

Scripture

Psalm 116:7 * Zechariah 2:8 * Psalm 47:7

John Piper on the Coronavirus and Christ

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I have just finished reading a new book by John Piper – “Coronavirus and Christ”.

The book is clearly written and reads easily.

It is packed with Scripture and source references.

It is full of insights and teachings relevant for us during these worrying pandemic times.

You can find out more about the book here. This is NOT a monetised link.

It is amazing that John Piper got the book written and published in such a short time. I can only assume that he felt called to do this and to get the message in the book out to as many people as possible, as soon as possible.

The book certainly conveys a sense of justified urgency.

I am sure you will find reading the book helpful during the pandemic.

In case you do not know. John Piper is the founder and lead teacher of desiringGod.org of Bethlehem College and Seminary. For 33 years he served as senior pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is the author of more than 50 books. (From the back of the book)

Two Faith Centring Articles

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I honestly believe that reading the two articles below will strengthen the faith of any Christian.

Especially now during the (lets be honest) frightening pandemic.

Remember the saying “it’s where the rubber hits the road”?

The author of the articles, Dr Kathryn Butler, cannot be closer to the “road”. She is a trauma and critical care surgeon turned writer and home schooling mom. Currently she is out of retirement and serving in the ICU of an American Hospital caring for COVID19 patients. She lives north of Boston.

I suggest you read the first article first and then the second article.

The first article is: “If God Doesn’t Heal You” Click

The second article is: “Even in the ICU – Why hope will conquer death” Click

If you find the two articles helpful, please tell others about them.

Keep safe.