Message from Pastor Dave

Local newspaper headlines have become tally counts of those infected with the corona virus in the last week. On Drudge Report this morning one of the major headlines was “April Canceled”! Weddings have been postponed (sorry Jenna and Jacob) and baby showers canceled. We are all fighting the temptation to not allow our fear to take hold of us as we live our lives day to day. I am sure many of you parents have experienced a new level of stress as you work from home and home school your children. Sadly, many have found themselves jobless and are praying for it all to end in hopes that your their jobs may become available again. The worst part may very well be the isolation and separation from friends and family. This virus has left the majority of society afraid, anxious, isolated, alone, and wondering if anyone has missed them. 

I want to remind you dear church family that you have a rich heritage of worshiping our Lord and serving others through the worst of situations. It is quite miraculous when you consider what the church has survived throughout its history! The church has never been extinguished through persecution, plagues, sieges, wars, or anything else the enemy would try to destroy her with! During the Bubonic plague, despite the pleading of his parishioners, Martin Luther refused to leave Wittenburg so that he could care and minister to the sick! The choice cost him his daughter's life, but his resolve was unwavering. Luther said, “We (Christians) die at our post! The plague does not dissolve our duties: It turns them to crosses, on which we must be prepared to die.” Oh what a wonderful and heroic family tree we have! 

I want to take a moment and remind you of a beautiful exhortation that is found in the book of Hebrews. The author of Hebrews has just finished teaching his readers wonderful doctrinal truths about the marvelous high priesthood of Jesus Christ. In the tenth chapter, He moves on to exhorting us to take full advantage of the blessings we now have as a result of Christ. Three exhortations are given to the believer. We are encouraged to “draw near (to God) with a true heart and full assurance of faith.” We are urged to “hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering…” and lastly we are exhorted to "24 And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, 25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.” (Heb. 10:24–25 NKJV)

How important and valuable a believer's ministry is to other believers!  We are to show an active practical concern for others in the fellowship. The result is love, good works, and mutual encouragement! 

The opposite of considering others is "forsaking the meeting together!" You must understand that the assembling of believers is not just for you dear Christian. It is for the others! 

As we find ourselves in a time of separation due to the virus our church ministers have been working hard in establishing new ways of meeting together. So as to be faithful to the scriptures. I want to encourage you to realize how important you are for others in the fellowship. Please consider taking part in some of these ministries!

Last week we hosted our first virtual Fight Night. We are establishing Fight Night small groups to meet together and pray. The groups can be joined by computer, smart phone, tablet, or even an old fashion land line telephone! These are some responses we received:
"Amazing FIGHT NIGHT powerful prayer! Everyone who didn't attend tonights video and audio please get your Zoom app so you can join next week it was awesome! Thanks to Steve and Katie ! Amen!!" - Tom Metzger

“Wow! I really enjoyed our prayer meeting it brought peace to me hearing each others prayers.” - Alicia Helwig

If you have not signed up for Fight Night, send an e-mail to the church office or click here. You can also call Pastor Dave Johnson at 714.397.0586 if you only have a land line telephone. Feel free to share your Fight Night invite with a friend!

Next Sunday the Simply the Story Bible Class will resume at 9 a.m. through the Zoom app. If you would like to receive the meeting link send an e-mail to Alan & Naomi Tan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
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