Tuesday Connection 4.7.2020

PRAY.  We all need prayer.  Fear is sometimes that heaviness in the chest apart from the effects of a high pollen count.  For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, 16 that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. 20 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”  (Ephesians 3:14 ESV

Also this, 490 years ago, the Battle Song of the Protestant Christian Church, Martin Luther, 1529…

  1. A mighty fortress is our God, a bulwark never failing;
    Our helper He, amid the flood of mortal ills prevailing:
    For still our ancient foe doth seek to work us woe;
    His craft and pow’r are great, and, armed with cruel hate,
    On earth is not his equal.
  2. Did we in our own strength confide, our striving would be losing,
    Were not the right Man on our side, the Man of God’s own choosing:
    Dost ask who that may be? Christ Jesus, it is He;
    Lord Sabaoth, His Name, from age to age the same,
    And He must win the battle.
  3. And though this world, with devils filled, should threaten to undo us,
    We will not fear, for God hath willed His truth to triumph through us;
    The Prince of Darkness grim, we tremble not for him;
    His rage we can endure, for lo, his doom is sure,
    One little word shall fell him.
  4. That word above all earthly pow’rs, no thanks to them, abideth;
    The Spirit and the gifts are ours through Him Who with us sideth;
    Let goods and kindred go, this mortal life also;
    The body they may kill: God’s truth abideth still,
    His kingdom is forever.

Last evening after our increasingly delightful friends Conference Call/prayer time,  the Chapel Elders held our monthly Elders Meeting via Zoom, an incredible new tool (for me) I believe our culture will use and appreciate indefinitely, ministry included.

On behalf of the Elders, I wish to thank you, our church family and friends for your reaching out to others by increasingly good ways, especially in these hard times.  The sacrifice of not allowing this experience to be all about ‘us’ but caring for others outside our comfort zone is exemplary. We are going to be a stronger church as a result of these increasing trials.  Above all, thank you for loving Jesus the way you do!

Elder Kory Schutz has added a new feature to our church website www.christianlifechapel.org which sits under the LISTEN AND READ tab titled: “Connections.”  Published there are all the 25 and counting daily Connection Emails I have sent to you.  Thank you, Kory.

Elder Kevin Baldwin;  “Our donors, who do not itemize, can now donate $300 per individual or $600 per couple for 2020 and get a charitable deduction.  I think we may want to incorporate this in our next communication along with along this thought. . .  “Soon you may be receiving $1,200 per adult from the IRS as part of the stimulus package created by Congress and signed into law by President Trump.  Our understanding is that this will be income tax free and was created to help Americans meet personal financial challenges.  If you are blessed to not need all of this money for personal needs, please prayerfully consider sharing it with those charities that you support who provide for other’s needs.  These ministries, such as your church and missionaries (both local and international), may be in need of additional support to continue sharing the Good News.”  Thank you, Kevin.

Reporting… our Chapel Search Committee is fully engaged processing the growing number of Senior Pastor Applications.  Thank you, Committee.

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