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An Update from Pastor Marc

What Gain will this pain bring?

Dear Quail,

Recently I read an article written by David Mathis in which he reminded me that the slogan “No pain, no gain” does indeed communicate a truth that can be observed both in everyday life and in the Bible itself.

He writes, “The pain of childbirth gives way to the joy of new life. The disappointments of defeat catalyze athletes to train with even more resolve. The humiliations of failure lead to fresh awareness of personal flaws, self-evaluation, and the emergence of better more mature patterns of life.”

Yes, some of the best things about life are forged in the fires of difficulty and pain. The Bible affirms this observation… 

Romans 8:28
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

James 1:2-4
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” 

1 Peter 1:6-7
“In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.  These have come so that your faith-of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire-may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.”

Not only is God working for our good in this life in the midst of pain, the good is not limited to this life; there is a reward for the painful trials we face when we get to glory.

2 Corinthians 4:17-18
“For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 

Do you notice in verse 17 that Paul says the troubles are “preparing” us for the coming glory? The word translated “preparing” means “to produce.”  Thus, our afflictions are never wasted and they can do us good. Gain can come from the pain in this life and gain is being produced right now for us in glory. Your pain is not meaningless!

Thus, do not lose heart! 

I will not pretend that the afflictions of life (including COVID-19 and the destruction it is causing) is easy, but in this moment God is indeed working. He wants to steady our soul to ready us to understand the good that he will bring and to remind us that in view of the length of eternity, this current quarantine is a brief moment.

Here are some items of update…

  1. Thank you for the 200 of you who came to the “Drive Through Communion” distribution this past Sunday. I apologize for the long wait. If we have to do this again next month, we will have a better process to shorten the wait time for you.
  2. The prayer email is now up and running.  You can email your prayer requests to “qlbcprayer@gmail.com” and the prayer counselors will cover your need in prayer.
  3. I invite you to take part in a Thursday evening adult Zoom Bible study led by our Adult Ministries Director 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. This is for men and women. Click here for link for the study. 
  4. Families, remember to go over to Quail Lakes Baptist Kids Facebook page after the 10am web stream of the worship service and take part in “Kid’s Church” each Sunday. 
  5. We have expanded the online viewing opportunity on Sunday mornings to include YouTube.  For those who prefer YouTube, spell out “Quail Lakes Baptist Church” in the search field and you can view the service at 10am each Sunday. 
  6. I have given a chance to people to respond to the Gospel call of salvation after each of our online services. Thus far, 20 individuals have indicated to us that they have prayed to receive Christ and have asked for the follow up material while we have been in this remote format. (PTL!)  
  7. We have heard about some scams associated with the “economic impact payments” that are being distributed from the IRS. These payments come automatically to those who are eligible and no action is required on your part. 
    You can learn if you are eligible and how any potential payment will be disbursed to you via the IRS website: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/economic-impact-payments-what-you-need-to-know.

Ways to spot a potential scam:

  • ​​​Usage of phrases like "stimulus check" or "stimulus payment." The official term is economic impact payment.
  • Being asked to sign over your economic impact payment in exchange for receiving additional funds.
  • Requests by phone, email, text or social media for verification of personal and/or banking information. Fraudsters may claim the information is needed to receive or speed up your economic impact payment. 
    • The IRS will not call you asking you to verify financial information to expedite a payment. 
  • Being asked by someone for personal information in order to get an economic impact payment faster by working on your behalf. 
  • Being mailed a bogus check and asked to call or verify information online in order to cash it.

His and yours,
Dr. Marc Maffucci

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