COVID-19 Update 3/20/20

Temple Family,

These are trying times for everyone as things are changing at such a rapid pace. It seems panic and fear are in control of the hearts of many. The corona virus should not be a reign of terror in our hearts, but rather a time for our faith, in God, to grow. Paranoia should not control us, but God should. We should be able to have confidence in the God who neither slumbers nor sleeps. The one thing that keeps us grounded is that none of this is a surprise to God.

Governor Pritzker just issued a “shelter in place” order until April 7. This will create even more inconvenience, but it does not prevent you from being able to shop for food. If you have needs, please let me know and we will do our best to help you.

The church is not the building, it is an experience we share as believers. So for the time being there must be some changes to the way we operate. For the time being, we will use Face Book as a platform to inform and encourage you. There you will find a live stream to a Sunday service, as well as daily verses for you to read and discuss with family. We want you to view these and make encouraging comments that will be of help to others.

We will also be sending text messages and making phone calls to check on you.

As disruptive as all this may be, it is an opportunity to point people to Christ. Instead of focusing on the “fear” of the virus, let’s be ready to tell all who ask the reason for the “hope” that lies within us (I Pet. 3:15). We may not be able to meet together for Bible lessons and prayer, but it does not keep us from our Bible and prayer.

There are many unanswerable questions at this time, but our God sees, knows and is in control. Where can we go from His presence? How should we respond in this time of uncertainty? Let us do the following:

– Turn to God and pray for…

    * One another

    * Those in authority

    * Dr’s and Scientists to have wisdom/ knowledge/ understanding for a cure

    * Unsaved for their spiritual eyes of understanding to be opened

    * Lessons we need to learn to be learned quickly.

– Keep your heart and mind set on the Lord…

    * Don’t let the evil one give you a heart of fear

    * Allow the Spirit of God to rule in your heart.

– Maintain contact with those of your church family

    * We may be apart for now, but in spirit we are one.

– Since spring is here… now you can remember…we’re one day closer to resuming some normalcy!

I would encourage you to take a moment right now and read Philippians 4:4-9.