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Today is #GivingTuesdayNow.   This is a new global day of giving to promote unity in response to the need that people have for Hope caused by COVID-19. 

If you are watching much of the news on TV or the internet it doesn’t take long to get discouraged.  You quickly can see how much conflict and disagreement there is in our nation and the world today.   Most people are ready for relief and for normalcy to return.  I am thankful I live in a small town in SW Kansas where we have room to maneuver around without being threatened like I see going on in parts of our nation.   We are all blessed because we live in this small little part of the country. 

Right now and more than ever before many people are open and receptive to receiving Jesus as their Savior.  We have been created as social creatures.   This “social distancing” is an attach from Satan trying to disrupt our ability to interact.  But here in the last couple months we are learning how to get the Gospel out via Social Media type avenues.  With people cooped up at home it is possible that the word is going out more than ever before.  So as we all come back together many churches will continue the Social Media mode of sharing the Gospel.     God has won this battle we are in.  We are here to help play it out and share “the Hope” we have in our Jesus. 

Hebrews 10:23-25 (NIV)

23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

So how should we act in this environment we are in today?  We need to hold on to the hope we profess in Jesus because He is faithful.  We need to be spurring one another on towards love and good deeds and we need to be meeting together, not social distancing in isolation like we have been.  And, at some point in the very near future we will come back together in corporate worship.  We need “not give up meeting together” as some may be getting in the habit of doing.  As verse 25 says, we need to be encouraging one another.  We need to be doing this all the more as we see the Day of the Lord approaching.  That Day is fast approaching. 

Great days lie ahead; let’s all do our part to make it happen.  Blessings to the Body of Christ!

Chet Wiswell, Elder.