In Isaiah 41, there is a passage in which the Lord calls all the peoples together and they are busy encouraging one another...encouraging each other right to the idol makers. Whenever some sort of political leader or head of state or general advertisement comes across with the message, "We shall overcome!" I can't help but ask "Says who?" Perhaps the Lord will heal enough of us and prevent enough of us from becoming sick with this coronavirus that we can begin to regain a step or two toward what we thought was normal as a society. He would be justified in not doing so. My prayer has been for His mercy upon us.
There is little mention anywhere of Samaritan Purse's presence. Saw a video clip on the news that had a Samaritan Purse's blanket being put on a patient. It's possible local news in NYC are providing more coverage.
"Social technology was going to be the next reformation."
Bizzare statement. While there are a nbr of security hiccups with various kinds of technology, this is NOT a "reformation." If anything, it's a devolution and lessening of the quality and nature of worship and community.
John for JESUS wrote: People get sick at church sometimes. That's been going on for a long time now. I guess we better stop going! Sometimes, people catch the pneumonia at church and die.
Excellent point, J4J. One ought to think that people who are physically ill would stay home from church.
We're homeschoolers but have been part of various kinds of co-op opportunities and field trip groups in the past. This year, we're mostly home. And this year, we've been much more well than in years past. The problem is that when tiny one has a sniffle or runny nose, the family of (insert number here) goes out anyway because most everyone else in the family is well and if they shut down out-of-the-house stuff for one with a sniffle, well, they'd never leave the house. Or one of the parents has an important responsibility. And then we're sick.
Thank you, SA, for posting news items like this one as a reminder that the Lord's day of visitation is upon us. My prayer is that this would passover our lands in His great mercy. While we may be experiencing a famine in our lands, not of food or even he proclamation of the word of the Lord, but of Christian fellowship, thank you also for broadcasting the worship of a great many faithful churches from across our globe. There is no other comfort in this crisis other than Christ. May the Lord continue to use you to keep the faithful preaching and teaching of His word going forth as well as the encouragement of Psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. Grateful to the Lord for you all.
You may have a point there, Humble One. The use of public transportation is very ingrained in everyday life in the metropolis of DC to Boston. I don't think it's just trains but buses too.
Still, I can't help but think that the Lord's hand is fully in this, directing it as He desires. And seeing NYC so hard hit reminds of the Great Whore of Bablyon and her downfall, just to a lesser degree.
Mike, I think you have a point about the relative severity and the use of this crisis for political purposes. It is hard to trust the government and the media when we know that they have a long history of lying & twisting the truth, but suddenly we're to believe them without question. Why does this virus get the priority when many die each year of influenza and pneumonia? What about other communicable diseases? Usually, the Progressives are trying to kill off the elderly...why not this time? Where are the voices calling for population reduction?
To take a differing view, congregational worship -- no matter what one calls it -- ought to be the most unifying of experiences. If all of us would gather together in one place and offer our worship, as our Brother John has wisely suggested, we ought to come away from such an experience as the Lord being very large to us & ourselves being very, very small. But as has already been stated, congregational worship has already devolved into what it should not be. Too often, congregational "worship" is a passive experience designed for the entertainment of the gathered and the exultation of those on stage.
The real situation is starting to get press in other sources now. There is a Biblical principle that the truth will find you out. At some point, the real source of this virus will be exposed...and may well look more like what those termed as conspiracy theorists have espoused.
I heard a similar piece on the local news the other night. Apparently divorces in China skyrocketed after the crisis reportedly started to abate.
If men are loving their wives sacrificially in a manner like how Christ loves His Bride (Ephesians 5), a lot of this does down. But it also helps when wives focus on following their own instructions rather than trying to manage their husbands in following the instructions to husbands.
Not really more difficult, Jim, for those less affulent. What often families miss is the two incomes. In fact, because this kind of online school is an extension of public schooling in at least some states, it is paid for in full by the school district or state in those places, making it significantly less expensive than what we pay per year - but typically that's an existing online schooling option designed to be worked in that way. K12 is an example. That company contracts with states or districts to provide what's called a cyber-school option. While paying school taxes, we also purchase curriculum and subscription services out-of-pocket. It's a lot less expensive than private Christian school, but it's not cheap.
HSLDA does not recommend any "homeschooler" use these kinds of services, but has a fund to assist those who need financial assistance. Once the camel has his nose in the tent, it's very hard to get the camel back out...and parental rights and children get trampled.
We got an email from HSLDA the other day stating that some of these new "homeschooling" families would jump ship from the public school systems and take up homeschooling for real.
Unfortunately, Mr. Huffman is likely correct. Some of these students may underachieve their capabilities due to the disruption in instruction & the schools' difficulty in delivering instruction. Meanwhile, there are multiple good online instruction curriculum and with more traditional curriculum out there that can be choosen to best meet one's children's needs and interests.
However, if parents will engage their children & work to educate them in whatever system they find themselves, their children will learn.
Absolutely not, Brother John. Are we certain the true apostolic (not RCC) did not begin annual resurrection services but they were not recorded in the Bible? I am not comfortable stating that we have everything the Apostles said or the early church did. We have what we need...the Lord saw to that. But we don't have much of the details. For instance, do we know how the Apostle Paul presented the way of salvation from a direct example? He certainly alludes to it and gives pieces in his Epistles. Do we know what Psalms were sung regularly and if spiritual songs entered into the worship? It seemed like one or two made it into Paul's Epistles.