Palm Sunday in the City During COVID-19

IMG_2852Someone got up early to remember today’s meaning even though COVID-19 has locked the doors of our churches.

We paused as we passed by on our morning walk and took this picture to remind you to welcome Jesus to your city or town, to your heart and life.

Praise God for the Son of David! Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Praise God in highest heaven (Matthew 21:9).

Don’t Be Afraid – 2

Jesus Christ, by dying, broke “the power of the devil, who had the power of death. Only in this way could he set free all who have lived their lives as slaves to the fear of dying (Hebrews 2:14-15).”

Jesus said, “Don’t be afraid . . . I hold the the keys of death and the grave (Revelation 1:18).”

Jesus Christ the Lord holds your life in His hands.

Don’t Be Afraid – 1

Those who trust in Jesus don’t need to be afraid to die. Anyone can believe that Jesus Christ died, paying our penalty for the wrong things we do, and rose again, because he is God.

For the wages of sins is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord (Romans 6:23).

Anyone can trust in Jesus. Even you.

Habakkuk’s Prayers – 2

As a cruel and violent army marched across the world, Hezekiah prayed, “O Lord, my God, my Holy One, you who are eternal—surely you do not plan to wipe us out?

God answered,  “The Lord is in his heavenly Temple. Let all the earth be silent before him (Habakkuk 1:12; 2:20).”*

As the deadly Coronavirus marches across the world, we pray as Habakkuk did. And then we are silent, remembering, the Lord is God and He is good.

*Read all of Habakkuk’s prayer and God’s reply in Habakkuk 1:12-2:20.

Habakkuk’s Prayers – 1

Habakkuk foresaw impending doom. So he prayed. “How long, O Lord, must I call for help? . . . Why must I watch all this misery?”

The Lord’s reply gives us courage and hope as we live through these dark days of the COVID-19 pandemic.

He said, “I am doing something in your own day, something you wouldn’t believe even if someone told you about it (from Habakkuk 1:2-5).”

How to Pray Effectively (7 of 7)

Pray with perseverance.

Though he will not rise and give to him because he is his friend, yet because of his persistence he will rise and give him as many as he needs. And I say to you ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.
(Luke 11:8-9)