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No Church Sunday???

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By now, you have heard that we are not holding regular Sunday morning worship services here at Mountain View, starting this Sunday, March 15th.  I want to take a moment and let you know the reasoning and thought process behind this decision. 

First, the decision was the result of many conversations and prayer.  It was a unanimous decision of the pastoral staff, elders and deacons.  We are not reacting out of fear, but being proactive.  We want to care for those in our church whose lives would be put in danger by the COVID-19 virus.

Second, the disease is spreading.  We want to be a part of slowing this down so our medical resources (hospitals, clinics and staff) aren't overwhelmed by the number of people needing care.  Closing down our building for Sunday services and other weekly events will prevent some from being exposed to the virus.  We believe that this is a way to show the love of Christ to our own and to our community.  

Remember, this building is not the church.  The church is you and the church is where you are. So what should the church (all of us) be doing right now?

  1. Pray - Ask the Lord to intervene.  He has the power to stop this virus in its tracks.  Cast your cares on Him, and thank Him in advance for what He will do.
  2. Connect - Call on people to see how they are doing.  We live in an amazing age of internet and cell phones.  Reach out.  Remind people that they are loved and that God is in control.
  3. Share - Listen as people express their worries and fears.  You have the Worry Vaccine, which is Jesus Christ.  Be ready to share the reason for the hope that you have (1 Pet. 3:15). 

We will be broadcasting a Sunday morning message at 8:30 and 11:00 through our live-stream page.  Please take advantage of worshiping with us in this "virtual-church setting."  This is just for the short term.  

The church office hours are not changing.  We are not going anywhere!  

The Worry Vaccine

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God is clear about worrying and panic: DON'T DO IT!  Instead, He gives us something else to do.

"Don't worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God" (Phi 4:6 CSB).

The clear antidote to worry is prayer.  This is for every situation.  Take your needs to God.  The apostles Paul and Peter both agree on this.  Peter says "Humble yourselves before God... casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you" (2nd Pet. 5:6-7).  When panic rises up from within, it is because you are being overwhelmed by the fear and circumstances of the moment.  Take a deep breath and remember you are not alone.  God really does care for you.  In that moment, talk with God.  Tell Him how you feel.  Thank Him for being in control.  It might not feel that way now, but this is where faith comes in.  Prayer is an act of faith.  Ask God to give you His peace.  Decide to wait on Him for the solution.

Jesus tells us to have an eternal perspective, saying, "...do not worry about your life, as to what you will eat; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. For life is more than food and clothing" (Luke 12:22-23).  God will provide!  Worrying will not add a single hour to your life (12:25).  Instead of worrying about ourselves, Jesus teaches us to "seek His kingdom" (12:31).  Seek Jesus in this storm! 

Humans worry most about the thing they treasure most.  What is that for you?  Is it your health? Your life?  Your kids?  Your house, job or car?  Jesus says "where your treasure is, there your heart will be also" (Luke 12:34).  Are you ready for Jesus?  Have you made Him your treasure?  If Jesus is your treasure, and you are in the habit of casting your cares and worries on Him, then you have found the secret to PEACE.  

As the world panics around us, turn to Jesus, the Rock of Salvation, and let Him  flood your heart with peace.  The storms have come and gone before.  Jesus is the anchor that holds--hold fast to Him.

There is work for you to do during these troublesome times.  Worry and panic result in mistakes.  Clear your mind by starting with Jesus.  Give him your feelings and cares.  Walk by faith by thanking Him for being in control.  Ask Him for wisdom and let him prepare you for what is next.  

Go with God!

 

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