Fight for Freedom Even in the Seemingly Little Things
Since a week before Labor Day I have traveled without a mask through seven airports, attended two conferences without wearing a mask. I have hugged people, maskless, sat in close contact with friends talking and even singing without a mask. I rode in elevators, with strangers without wearing a mask. I’ve wandered hotel lobbies, maskless...on and on.
Yet I am COVID free. Why? Because I wash my hands and avoid touching my face. I also cover my own cough or sneeze. In other words, I’m cautious and courteous. I practice the same preventative measures (to avoid catching any virus) I learned as a child.
COVID is real, I might get it someday, with a virus you never know. But, I could also get cancer, have a heart attack, experience kidney failure, get in a horrific car wreck, be a victim of a drive by shooting, choke on a piece of chicken...in other words, anything could happen.
I recommend not buying into the fear. Live your life like people have done for 6,000 years. Be responsible. Most importantly don’t let “The Dumbest Generation” of politicians and so-called health experts control your life. Fight for freedom, no matter how small the battle.
- Our study through the book of Acts continues on Sunday. Acts 1:1-3 | Many Infallible Proofs
- 1 Thessalonians 4:14–17): For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. 15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. 16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
- Jul29Wednesday, July 29th, 5 pmOnline Bible Study | YouTube | Channel: PastorRogerFeenstra
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Who Rules the World?
We can be sure God owns the world; after all, he created it along with the entire universe. But does he rule the world? Many say Jesus Christ is King. But is he?
God's Creation of the earth is magnificent. In his tremendous power, he created from nothing. Earth was without form and void. Just as space and the depth of the universe go on forever today, so in the beginning, God, like a master artist, created a masterpiece on a blank canvas of watery nothingness--and the spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. God was in motion.
He took the dark, empty, watery Creation and fashioned the world we know today. He would do it in six literal days.
On the sixth day, God performed the most incredible act of Creation when he uttered, "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness." His statement indicated the work of the entire trinity; Father, Son, Holy Spirit, all were involved in Creation.
Unlike all the other creatures which God created on that sixth day, Man, created in God's image, was special and unique. It was Man who was to be the ruler of Creation.
This rule would only be possible if the first man, Adam, would obey one law, "Do not eat of the tree in the midst of the garden, the tree of knowledge of good and evil." For on that day, he would surely die.
Yet the tempter came, and Adam fell, causing him to lose the dominion he once enjoyed. That treasured dominion was lost; handed over in an instant to the adversary. Adam and his wife were separated from God.
God, in His mercy and grace, would provide someone to take back dominion that was lost. He would send a rescuer. This rescuer would come from the "seed of the woman." He could crush the head of the adversary.
This is the theme of God's Word. In the fullness of time, One would come to take back dominion.
Put on the Armor
Governments do not have a God-given right to decide whether or not a church is essential. All over the world, in oppressive countries, local churches are defying their governments by meeting to worship our Lord and read the Word of God, as the local body of Christ, in secret. Historically, churches in America have praised these bold Christians, even cheering them on, and praying for them. Now, when oppression comes to our own shores, and our government determines churches in America are non-essential, Christians cower in their homes in front of innocuous screens and dutifully bow down to the State, while still hanging out with the masses at Wal-mart, Costco, and Home Depot. Maybe it's time for pastors to take off their skinny jeans and put on the armor?