Resources from Pastor Kelly (pt. 6)
I so look forward to the time when we are gathered for church, singing God’s word to one another, praying to God in close proximity with each other, and sitting under the preaching of God’s word together. What a wonderful day that will be. I can appreciate David’s words in Psalm 122:1 as he anticipated his time of worshiping God with God’s people, “I was glad when they said to me, ‘Let us go to the house of the LORD!’”
Here are some ideas for how to spend some of your time this coming week:
(1) Here is a short devotional on Psalm 118 by Mike Emlet He helps us to understand how we can know and practice v. 24 no matter our circumstances this day, “This is the day that the LORD has made let us rejoice and be glad in it.”
(2) Here is an article entitled "Fear is Not Sin" by Ed Welch Maybe this would prove helpful for you personally as you feel fear to varying degrees in this season. Or, it may prove helpful to you as you seek to love someone that is feeling fear to varying degrees. It is a free download until the end of today.
(3) Here is an article shared with me by a good friend, “Productivity in a Pandemic” by Daniel Patterson. This will help you live your day wisely before the Lord, and to have confidence the Lord is pleased with your efforts, even as you continue to adjust and adapt to the current normal.
(4) Here is another suggestion from Ligonier. This is a teaching series entitled “Heroes of the Christian Faith” by R.C. Sproul. He helps us to understand men like Polycarp, Thomas Aquinas, Martin Luther, John Calvin, and Jonathan Edwards.
You may also enjoy getting into the weeds in this series, “A Survey of Church History” by W. Robert Godfrey. The link will take you to the first of six parts. This could be a good time to commit to working through the history of how God has been at work in and through His people.
Philippians 1:3-11, “I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. It is right for me to feel this way about you all with the affection of Christ Jesus. And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.”
Regards, Kelly Wright