Until further notice, the campus of Castleview Church will be closed.
We are called to endure and persevere during trials. Our endurance and perseverance is tapped into when difficult trials last a long time. It is the start of our third week of social distancing. It is lasting a long time and it is getting more difficult. And presently we do not know when this will end.
Our endurance and perseverance is being tapped into. If you feel overwhelmed, spread thin, and weak (as I do today), remember God’s grace is sufficient for you and His power is made perfect in your weakness, as it is for mine. And may God work in us as He did in Paul’s life that we would be ready to boast all the more gladly of our weakness confident that the power of Christ is resting upon us (2 Corinthians 12:8-10). If you want to meditate more on this passage and truth I recommend Heath Lambert’s sermon.
I continue to pray for God to bring us relief from this global pandemic and for us to all have opportunity to be back with each other again at church! Until then, here are some more resources for you to read, consider, and apply.
(1) Your bible, theology, and church history.
This is a good time to begin or keep persevering with Castleview’s Bible Reading Plan.
It may also be a good time to get a hold of some good study guides on different topics, not only to learn information but also to be better equipped in your practice of different disciplines. Ligonier Ministries have made their study guides free during the COVID-19 pandemic. These guides cover books of the Bible, theology, Church History, and personal disciplines. I have downloaded a handful of them and am looking forward to digging in. Many of them also are designed to follow a teaching series, which are also free to stream.
(2) "Responding to Pandemics: 4 Lessons from Church History” by Glen Scrivener. This was a shorter article looking at the way in which Christianity has spread in the midst of different pandemics. The fact that Christians responded christianly in the face of death proved to be an effective witness for the church.
(3) “Whether One May Flee From A Deadly Plague” by Martin Luther, 1527. This is a long letter that Luther wrote to a pastor, Johann Hess during a plague. It was then made into a pamphlet to be distributed to Christians to help them think biblically about how Christians can and should respond during a plague. It is girthy, it will take some time. But, it is worth meditating on the biblical principles Luther brings up and meditating on his example and encouragement to fellow Christians at the time.
(4) “Practice Hospitality, Especially during COVID-19” by Rosaria Butterfield. This is a thoughtful piece considering how Christians can still be faithful to love one another during a time in which social distancing has been called for. It is not prescriptive as much as it provides principles and ideas to consider as we consider our conscience, other people’s consciences, and navigate opportunities God will bring our way with neighbors, friends, and fellow church members.
(5) “Talking to Your Children about Coronavirus” by Brad Hambrick. Though intended to equip parents, I believe all of you will be helped with his encouragement as you seek to be wise in how to you talk about the global pandemic with your family, friends, co-workers, and neighbors.
(6) Scripture meditation and memorization.
This is a good time to slow down and consider God and His promises. One way to do so is to choose a passage (or a few) and read, re-read, think and meditate, journal your thoughts, memorize, talk about them with others, pray through them, etc.
- James 4:13-16
- Proverbs 3:5-8
- Psalm 91 (especially v. 3)
Associate Pastor | Castleview Church