It is time to send out another update on the church services. As you know, two weeks ago the guidelines for the number of people gathering was set at 10 for two weeks. Well, two weeks is over and unfortunately, but not surprisingly, the guidelines have been extended by both the president and the state governor throughout the month of April at least.
That being said, we will continue to have our services online and postpone normal gatherings and events. We will continue streaming services online through Facebook and uploading the recorded videos of that to the website for now. In case you missed it, the HD version of the message is on our website under '2020 sermons' or 'Mark'. We have a YouTube channel now that hopefully we will be able to livestream better quality videos to soon. Out of uncertainty over shutting down completely, the folks at Great Plains came early and set up our internet (praise the Lord), so I expect the quality of our livestream to improve dramatically. When we get the right equipment and licensing we also plan on now adding our worship team to the livestream.
Just remember something will always be available on the website (chadronberean.org) after we have time to get it uploaded. This week we will post the sermon under 'Easter Sermons' and '2020 Sermons'. Last year we approached the Easter study looking at Christ as the Lamb of God, but this year we will look at Christ as the Messianic King, mainly from the apostle John's perspective. The title is "Behold, your King!" from John 19:14. This Sunday I plan on studying John 18:28 - 19:16.
On a personal note, it feels like forever since we've met! And I was really wanting to meet again for Easter. I know many of you feel the same way... Easter is one of my favorite times of the year to meet as a church. I am saddened that the kids won't be waving their palm branches while Terry sings "Hosanna" and for Good Friday, celebrating communion apart in our homes (I do plan on having a Good Friday online service! More info later). It will be a difficult month but very rewarding if we look at it as an opportunity to 'be the church' in our homes and super refreshing when we get to meet again. Let's continue to try to be creative with it. If you have ideas, let me know. If you have soap and sanitizer, keep using it. Lastly, remember to rest in the Lord's sovereignty. Let this lead you to Him. He is our Rock. He is good, even in times of adversity. I was personally challenged in my devotional time by Job 2:10 this week about accepting good and adversity from the Lord.