Have you noticed how the Church – not only Bayside, but the worldwide Body of Christ – is mobilizing like never before, taking God’s love and hope to where the people are, especially during this virus lockdown?
Truth for Turbulent Times
Pastor Efrem exhorts us to keep BEING the Church!
From The Desk of Franklin Graham
I wanted to write you with an update. The coronavirus has turned everyday life for most people upside down. America, like most of the world, is in a state of emergency. Millions are faced with unemployment or business loss, and most tragic of all, so many are facing this pandemic without the hope of Jesus Christ. People are filled with anxiety and fear.
At the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, we opened a 24/7 prayer line for people who want someone to pray with them. Early this week, we began airing a 60-second evangelistic message on TV across the entire United States, and we have had thousands of people call. We are humbled by this opportunity to share about His love and salvation.
If you are struggling with worry in the midst of this crisis, call us at 888-388-2683—or share this number with your loved ones, friends, or others on social media. We know that prayer does make a difference.
Chaplains with the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team are in Italy, the epicenter of this crisis. As they minister to medical personnel, patients, and families, pray with us that many will find new life in Christ.
I am deeply grateful for your partnership. Your financial support and your prayers make this ministry possible.
The days may feel uncertain, but we serve a God who is the same yesterday, today, and forever. He alone “is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1, ESV), and we are urgently sharing that truth with a hurting world.
May God ricly bless you,
The Key of Strength
from “The Bible Incorporated In Your Life, Job & Business”
When the Lord is your strength, who is there to be afraid of?
1 He is the saving strength of His anointed.
2 Seek the Lord and His strength and seek His face continually
3 and He will be your strength and power, making your way perfect.
4 The Lord is our rock, our fortress, our deliverer, our God and our strength in whom we will trust.
5 He girds us with strength,
6 and the joy of the Lord becomes our strength.
7 The Lord will give strength unto His people,
8 yes strength and power,
9 enabling them to go from strength to strength.
10 But a horse is a vain thing for safety: neither shall he deliver any by his great strength,
11 for God doesn’t delight in the strength of a horse nor does He take pleasure in the legs of man.
12 Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might
13 and in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.
14 Then you will be strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power
15 and able to do all things through Christ who strengthens you,
16 because great is He that is in you than he that is in the world.
17 For we are the circumcision, which worship God in Spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, having no confidence in the flesh.
18 For God’s grace is sufficient for you, for His strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore boast about your weaknesses, that the power of Christ may rest upon you.
19 Be strong and very courageous, fear not, for the Lord they God is with you; He will not fail you nor forsake you.
20 If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small,
21 so don’t be weary in well doing, for in due season, you shall reap, if you faint not.
22 And besides, God gives power to the faint, and to them that have no might, He increases strength. But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run and not be weary; and they shall walk and not faint.
23 He will make their feet like hinds’ feet, and He will make them to walk upon high places.
24 The eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward Him.
25 Let the weak say, I am strong,
26 for whoever executes God’s word is strong.
27 Fear not, God is with you. Be not dismayed for He is your God. He will strengthen you, yes He will help you, yes He will uphold you with the right hand of His righteousness.
28 Just wait on the Lord, and be of good courage, and He will strengthen your heart,
29 all you that hope in the Lord.
30 For God increases His people greatly, making them stronger than their enemies,
31 and he that has clean hands, will be stronger and stronger.
32 When you are weak in the flesh, then you are strong in the Lord,
33 and He will be your strength in the time of trouble.
34 Remember that glory and honor are in His presence; strength and gladness are in His place.35
Psalm 23: A psalm of David.
1 The Lord is my shepherd, I have all that I need.
2 He lets me rest in green meadows, he leads me beside peaceful streams,
3 he renews my strength. He guides me along the right paths bringing honor to his name.
4 Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me; your rod and your staff, they protect and comfort me.
5 You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies. You honor me by anointing my head with oil; my cup overflows with blessings.
6 Surely your goodness and mercy and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the Lord forever.
Additional Psalm 23 Devotionals:
- In the Valley of the Shadow of COVID-19
- All the days of my life
David, as we know, was no stranger to sheep. He spent many long and lonely hours shepherding on the hills surrounding Bethlehem, guarding against lions and bears and leading his charges to water and pasture. The simple words of David’s most famous psalm capture the beauty of a sheep’s life under the gracious care of a shepherd—or more accurately, the splendor of a man’s life lived under the shepherding of the Lord.
Luke 8:22-25: The Calming of a Storm at Sea.
The Calming of a Storm at Sea.
22 One day he got into a boat with his disciples and said to them, “Let us cross to the other side of the lake.” So they set sail,
23 and while they were sailing he fell asleep. A squall blew over the lake, and they were taking in water and were in danger.
24 They came and woke him saying, “Master, master, we are perishing!” He awakened, rebuked the wind and the waves, and they subsided and there was a calm.
25 Then he asked them, “Where is your faith?” But they were filled with awe and amazed and said to one another, “Who then is this, who commands even the winds and the sea, and they obey him?”
How should we pray through hard times?
It’s important to remember that as you pray to God. God listens to every word you say. He’s fully capable of answering all of our prayers. While He is God Almighty He is also our Father.
He’s the Maker of the Heavens and the Earth, but we can also talk to Him as a child talks to their dad.
Holly Culhane, Presence Point CEO and Founder
In this crazy time of the coronavirus pandemic it can be hard to find comfort. The truth is, it doesn’t matter what’s going on around us. We can take complete comfort in the Lord.
Francis Chan Give Encouragement to the Church during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Francis Chan, presently in Hong Kong, addresses his team of elders, his church in San Francisco, and the Church around the world. He reminds believers everywhere that now is not the time to lose our love, joy, or peace.
Dave Rahn, Presence Point Board of Directors
Dave Rahn is on the board of directors for Presence Point. During this unprecedented time when we could all use a little hope, he talks about Jesus asleep on a boat in a storm with the disciples. It offers us lessons for this time.
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