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An Update from Pastor Marc

Dear Quail, 

So far, 2020 has been a year in which we have been reminded how uncertain and out of our control things can be. We have been reminded that the only predictable thing about life is that it is unpredictable and we have very little authority over the events of life.

As I considered this, I was reminded and strengthened by Jesus’ words in Matthew 28:18-20

Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. 

The basis upon which we are commissioned to spread the Gospel in all the world is that Christ has all authority. The confidence that propels us forward in this task in the assurance that He is with us all the way.

As I pondered this, I realized that these truths also give us assurance to face the issue of global pandemic today. Jesus has all authority and Jesus is always with us!

Jesus has authority over all that we are facing today. Be that disease or economic distress, He has authority over supernatural forces and natural events.  He has authority over governments, scientists, viruses and financial turmoil.

That does not mean that Jesus causes pandemic and heartache - sin causes that! However, it does mean that nothing is ever out of his ability to exercise his influence, which is ultimate.  

Add to that the fact that He assures us that he will be with us and we gain an added measure of confident hope. 

For those who feel alone and a bit distressed today, whisper an assurance to your heart that Jesus, who has all authority is there with you. He is always with us. He never goes on vacation, never takes a nap, he is never quarantined and he does not break his word.  So, take heart in Him. 

Jesus is exercising his authority right now, which means that in due time this pandemic will end. It means that in due time we will be back to the kind of normal that will emerge in the future, and it means that by his authority he wishes us to be prepared for that and learn the lessons he teaches today.

Since that is all true and he loves you, when distressed pray this prayer, “Lord, do as you please because all authority is yours and not mine. You have the right and the power to accomplish your purposes – so let me be faithful in the following of your will.”

Here are some updates for this week: 

  1. First a correction - I encourage you to visit the website “stocktonstrong.org”.  There are many and varied resources available there. One such resource is a clickable instruction page in how to make an appointment to be tested for COVID19 should you have symptoms.  Last week I incorrectly labeled the page as “.com” not “.org.”
  2. Families remember that at 11:05 am, after the virtual stream of the worship service, you can go to the Facebook page of Quail Lakes Baptist Kids and participate in the virtual Kids Church service with Mike and Sabina Tackett. Go ahead and join in the fun!
  3. The prayer counselors are unable to meet physically with those who have prayer needs but we have established a prayer-line email that the prayer counselors will be reading and responding to.  If you have a concern for prayer you can share that to qlbcprayer@gmail.com. This is in addition to our emergency prayer chain which can be accessed through Laura@qlbc.org. 
  4. You can always tune into our Radio Broadcasts of past messages on our radio show “Designed for Joy!” It is aired on KCBC 770 AM on Monday 5am, Saturday 6pm and Sunday 7pm. It is also aired on 105.9 FM (The Bull) 7am on Sunday morning.
  5. I invite you to take part in a Thursday evening Zoom Bible study led by Robin Gordon. This study will convene on Zoom at 7pm Thursdays, is geared for adults and will focus on the “I am” statements of Jesus.  Click here for the link for the study.
  6. It may be that you are interested in the number of people watching our on-line services. Last week we had 2,400 “unique views” on Facebook with 465 comments and 82 shares. A “unique view,” as I understand it, is someone who watches the post for a significant period of time. The total number of people who clicked on the post was 5,000.  We also had 434 views of the service on YouTube. 

His and yours,
Marc Maffucci

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