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Statement on Coronavirus
To the Reader:
Thank you for visiting our website. No doubt, the coronavirus is on your mind. It is, indeed, a tumultuous time for everyone around the globe. It’s a time filled with uncertainty, and with that comes apprehension. Let’s step back and take a reasonable, calm look as the events are unfolding. After all, even the professionals are saying this trial will come to an end within the foreseeable future.
As with all crises, there’s a physical component and a spiritual component. First let’s talk about the physical component. Whatever our local officials are asking of us, let’s be respectful of those new rules. There’s no question that history has proven avoidance and quarantining is a powerful tool in times of medical emergencies. If we are selfish and don’t obey these rules, we jeopardize someone else’s health. The simple answer is, don’t be selfish. Follow the rules that have been outlined by our city’s officials and those medical professionals working with our President in Washington, D.C. The principle of quarantine of sick people was written in Leviticus 13 in the Bible 3500 years ago, and it stands the test of time. You might want to listen to our sermon “A Biblical Approach to Health” recorded on March 14, 2020; quarantine and other principles of health are described in the pages of your Bible.
Secondly, to address the spiritual component, we all know we can seek God for comfort. He’s always there for us. Seeking comfort is a step-by-step process that begins with prayer. To open the door to approach God with our petition, first we ask Him for forgiveness for ourselves, but then we also ask forgiveness for all people. It doesn’t matter what our sins are or what the sins are of other people. What is important is that our prayers are not hindered in any way. It’s imperative that we come before Him in a respectful manner to make a request. Proper prayer is essential.
We know God hears the prayers of a sincere person when they are done on behalf of other people. Let’s humbly ask God to forgive our citizenry and all peoples of the world. By doing so, we lay the foundation for a wonderful conversation, much as we would when talking to a friend. Now we can ask God to do His part and talk to Him about our current needs.
Ask God to eliminate this virus that is causing so much harm around the world. Ask God to protect the economies of the world. So much more suffering could occur otherwise. Let’s think outwardly for others in our prayers and not be consumed by selfish requests. Let's ask for eyes to recognize the needs of others. Over the days to come, we will encounter many opportunities to help others. Those who cannot work may need financial help. Those who are isolated may be in need of Skype or phone calls. Let’s not let these opportunities to help pass us by.
It was very encouraging when President Trump said on March 17th during a Task Force Press Conference that there is a “great Spirit” working in our country. He went on to say that there is a genuine level of cooperation among many industries who are making sacrifices and who are willing to help in whatever way they can to ameliorate suffering. He was referring to a kind, cooperative spirit across the United States that’s been unheard of. These industries desire to meet the challenge of saving lives together, and that is a loving spirit. That is a Godly trait, and one to be very grateful for! There are also many people-helping-people stories popping up across the land, which must please God.
We know God allows tragedy, but He does not cause tragedy. With our continuous, heartfelt prayers, we wait for His intervention. We remember Genesis 8:22: “While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, and day and night shall not cease.” We’re comforted by Jesus Christ’s words in Matthew 6:34, “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about is own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” Let us all remember our responsibilities in the matter, as we read in Ecclesiastes 12:13, “Fear [respect] God and keep His commandments, for this is man’s all [duty].”
Let’s allow God to carry our burdens. Let’s look past the physical and remember God is in control. If you’re a regular reader of this website, you already know the awesome promise from God for a wonderful future just ahead. Let God be your ultimate Leader in times of crisis, but remember to pray for those making the hard decisions in our cities, states, and countries. God can make lemonade out of lemons if a bad decision happens to be made. Have patience. Have faith that He’s watching. We don’t need to be fearful or critical. Do your best, and get out of the way, so God can do the rest.
I pray for my fellowman each and every day. I want the best for each of you. I’ve been praying for your speedy recovery for those who have fallen ill. President Trump called for a Day of Prayer on Sunday, March 15th. What a wonderful blessing for him to have made that request! Let’s ask God to honor the request of the thousands of prayers that must have been put forth to Him that day! We will continue to pray every day to receive God’s abundant mercy. As His servants, we will enjoy the relationship with Him that will follow. He loves each of us.
With love and prayers,
Randall Ricker, Elder
Sabbath Church of God
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We are a small congregation of Believers who respect the words of the Bible
without adding to or taking away from them.
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Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good testimony. By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.
What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him?
But someone will say, "You have faith, and I have works." Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.
Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.