Boyce Baptist Church
Thursday, April 02, 2020

***A Word From The Pastor...


I came across a recent post by a pastor joking about how his time at seminary had failed to prepare him for a pastoring during a pandemic. I got a good chuckle because I imagine that it might be a course we see in the future after this!

The truth is that most pastors I know are all learning to navigate the unfamiliar waters of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) on the fly. More than this, who could have imagined a diabolical crisis that would keep Christians apart from each other at a time when we need the "...assembling of ourselves together...." more than ever!

As your pastor, I want to offer you the following encouragements:

***  The Word of God is the ultimate truth and the only information sources that is God-breathed. King David, the psalmist, proclaimed in Psalm 138:2 that God has exalted all His Word above His name. God's Word illuminates our pathway (Psalm 119:105) and is established in faithfulness (Psalm 119:138).


***WORSHIP! You don't have to be in a church sanctuary to worship God. Expressing worship and praise to God in the midst of fear, doubt and uncertainty is difficult at first, but so powerful! 


***Philippians 4:6-7 gives us the antidote for the anxiety many believers are feeling at this time. We're encouraged not to be anxious.  The word that's translated as "anxious" is actually a word that means to break down into parts or dissect.  How many times have we made things better or fixed something by taking it apart and breaking it down into all its pieces?


*** Connect with each other! While we are separated from each other physically, the times in which we live also provides us with many ways in which to "stay connected".  Social networking platforms, email, and (by the way) the old-fashioned telephone still works! Call each other.  Send a card. Many ways exist for us to get creative and "think outside the (church) box in order to keep connected as a church family.


*** Most importantly...remember to "Be still and know that (He) is God." Trust Him.  It has been said that, "The will of God will never take you where the grace of God will not sustain you." 


By the way, it's ok to call me too!  If you just need someone to pray with, to listen to your anxieties, to ask a question or just to pass the time of day...I am here for you.

We are all in this together. 

Take Care,

Pastor Ben