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Faithful in a Crisis

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis unfolds around us, it’s good to be reminded that God is sovereign and he “is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1, ESV).

As we trust and follow Jesus, he will give us the wisdom, hope, strength, and encouragement that we need no matter what tomorrow may bring.

So, here are five practical steps you can take to walk faithfully with the Lord during these uncertain days.

  • First, engage with God through Scripture and prayer every day. Join with hundreds of us as we read God’s word “a chapter a day” (text the word Chapter to 22828 or sign up online here).  Deep spiritual roots will enable you to weather any storm.
  • Second, worship with our family of faith. We are not gathering on campus currently, but you can join our live-streamed worship service on our Ingleside Facebook page or at ingleside.org/live every Sunday morning at 11:00 a.m. If you miss the livestream, the full service can be accessed later on our Ingleside Facebook page or on our website.  Though we are not together physically, we can connect in worship through technology.
  • Third, love your neighbor by doing your part to slow the spread of the virus. Follow the guidance of our governmental leaders (15 Days to Slow the Spread). Practice social distancing.  If you are older, take special precautions.  Avoid discretionary travel, shopping, and social visits.  Work or do school from home if possible.  Practice good hygiene.  As the Bible says, “So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin” (James 4:17, ESV).
  • Fourth, stay connected by phone and through technology. Our pastoral staff and ministry leaders are stepping up our contacts with Ingleside members – especially those who are older.  I hope you will join us.  Don’t make face-to-face visits now.  But as you talk on the phone, offer encouragement, identify needs you may can help meet, and pray together.  Isolation and loneliness are tools the enemy uses to try to discourage us.  So stay in touch often – “encourage one another and build one another up” (1 Thessalonians 5:11, ESV).
  • Fifth, pray earnestly. Pray for the spread of the virus to be slowed and eliminated.  Pray for the recovery of those who have been infected.  Pray for the protection of all who are providing medical care.  Pray for the speedy development of a vaccine and new treatments.  Pray God’s comfort and mercy for those who have lost loved ones.  Pray that God would guide our governmental and business leaders.  Pray that God would use this crisis to lead many to turn to Jesus in repentance and faith.  Ask God to help you love others generously and share the gospel with confidence and joy.

Remember, the Bible says, “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 your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7, ESV).

I’m praying God’s peace, provision, and protection for you and your family today.  His grace is sufficient, and he is faithful – even in a crisis!

Your Pastor and Friend,
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