A Word from Our Pastor – Monday, March 30, 2020
 
Dear Church Family,
Well, it’s Monday morning and we are all waking up to another strange day.  Last night the president extended “social distancing guidelines”   through the end of April.  As more and more testing occurs, of course more and more positive results occur.  And despite all the bad news we all know this one thing — God is still on His throne!  He is not surprised by any of this.  And although we cannot see it, we know that He is sovereign and this will all result in His glory.  How you say?  I don’t know.  But I do know that every time I try to figure out the why’s of such heartbreaking and disturbing events, I wind up saying to God “I know that you are Almighty God – and I am not.”
 
It reminds me of Job — after 37 chapters of lofty speeches from men who were wise in their own eyes and felt they had all the answers.  And 37 chapters of Job’s questions of why – God speaks in chapter 38.  The chapter is too long to put here – but I challenge you to read it today
 
Here is how it starts …
 
Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind and said:
 
Job 38:2    “Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge?
3  Dress for action like a man;
I will question you, and you make it known to me.
 
Job 38:4    “Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?
Tell me, if you have understanding.
5  Who determined its measurements—surely you know!
Or who stretched the line upon it?
 
It is a beautiful piece of biblical poetry that magnificently outlines the sovereign power and grace of God – and presents a biblical picture of who we are next to God.  
 
One of our Deacons, Greg Kraus sent me a prayer calendar yesterday from Navigators — it’s a 30 calendar for praying the names of God.  So I’m issuing an official call to prayer – a 30 day focus on who God is.  Let us all take up this challenge, and spread it around to all your contacts.  Beginning April 1 and for 30 days, Let us all pray the names of God together!
 
Song of the Day  — “Wonderful Merciful Savior” recorded by Selah in 2001, lead vocals by Nicol Smith who has one of the best voices I’ve ever heard (that’s my personal opinion).  It’s an encouraging song that speaks of the, well the wonderful merciful savior.      https://youtu.be/S9qtzwYe2qY
 
A Word from Our Pastor – Sunday, March 29, 2020
A very happy Lord’s day to you all!  I hope and pray you all got a chance to watch today’s services.  Our prayer time is so essential and so vital to the health of the body and the health of a nation!  So please make plans to join us this Wednesday for our second “Virtual Prayer Meeting.”  We sure had a sweet time in the Lord last Wednesday.
 
And may I make a another recommendation?  Get out of your house, get in your car – and go drive the Willow City Loop!  I cannot believe we have never done this before – we did it today after watching the service.  It was absolutely breathtaking!  God’s beauty and creativity is on full display at every turn.  We were so thankful for the blessing of living here and just a few minutes drive from such divine beauty!
 
When I see what I saw on that loop I am reminded of Romans 1 —
 
For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, nhave been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world,7 in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. 
 
And Psalms 19:1
 
The heavens declare the glory of God,
and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.
 
We were mindful of “social distancing” but at the same time — communing with God in his glorious creation – we found it very encouraging.
 
And speaking of encouraging – here is the song of the week