You can’t make this insanity up!

Health experts back protests despite coronavirus since ‘white supremacy is a lethal public health issue that predates and contributes to COVID-19’

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Dozens of public health and disease experts said the risks of contracting COVID-19 at large protests shouldn’t deter people from demonstrating against racism, National Public Radio reported, citing an open letter penned by the health experts.

What are the details? 

“White supremacy is a lethal public health issue that predates and contributes to COVID-19,” the letter said, according to NPR.

“Initially written by infectious disease experts at the University of Washington, the letter cited a number of systemic problems, from the disproportionately high rate at which black people have been killed by police in the U.S. {stats do not support this BTW} to disparities in life expectancy and other vital categories — including black Americans’ higher death rate from the coronavirus. […]

Local governments should not break up crowded demonstrations “under the guise of maintaining public health,” the experts said in their open letter. They urged law enforcement agencies not to use tear gas, smoke and other irritants, saying they could make people more susceptible to infection and worsen existing health conditions.”

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Hatred on Display Again

Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all offenses.

Proverbs 10:12 ESV 

Attackers Burn Church to the Ground After It Defies Lockdown, “I Bet You Stay Home Now Hypokrits”

A Mississippi church that is suing to stay open during the coronavirus shutdowns was destroyed by arson Wednesday, according to local officials…
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Approaching COVID-19 from a Biblical Perspective

Approaching COVID-19 from a Biblical Perspective

by Dr. Gary Dull**
Originally posted on the Christian Post website HERE.

In the past few weeks, people all around the world have become familiar with coronavirus (COVID-19), which has resulted in great fear and concern by many. And just when we think we have learned all there is to know about COVID-19, a new day comes, and we find out something else that results in even greater concern. Only God knows how serious this virus is and how many people will be infected by it in the near future.

As a pastor, I have had many come to me with concerns about how COVID-19 can and should be approached. In addition, I have received numerous suggestions from various ministry, medical and governmental sources offering guidelines to adapt what eventually may bring a resolve to this tragic worldwide situation.

I thank God for those in the medical science field who are searching for a solution to COVID-19. I am also grateful for political leaders who are attempting to provide direction that will keep the general citizenry informed, calm and peaceful. But I realize that those of us who are in pastoral ministry have a great responsibility before God to provide the spiritual leadership necessary to guide America through this tragic circumstance.

Certainly, there is no lack of secular advice being given as to how to approach COVID-19. But I believe the ultimate approach should be from the biblical perspective that presents God’s way of dealing with this issue. Yes, we need to look at COVID-19 through the eyes of a biblical worldview.

One passage of Scripture to consider is Psalm 91, which teaches how God takes care of His own. Take time to read all 16 verses of this precious passage. To summarize the psalm, we are told that those who belong to God through faith in Jesus Christ dwell in the inner sanctum of the presence of God, who protects them as a mother bird cares for her young under her wings. The promise is that no evil shall befall them because God will keep them in all of their ways. Through God’s grace, love and mercy, He will “set them on high” and show them his salvation that involves the deliverance through whatever may come their way. This applies to COVID-19 and all other trials of life.

Realizing God’s promise to provide for His own as taught in Psalm 91, and then trusting God to keep His Word, as He always does, will erase the greatest of all fear, anxiety and panic in the hearts of the deeply concerned.

So how does one get to the place of trusting God and seeing His provision? Perhaps remembering the following facts about God will help.

    • God is in control. So depend upon Him to do what is right.
    • God has a purpose. So watch for Him to work.
    • God will provide. So trust in Him to deliver.
    • God has a mission. So declare His truth abroad.
    • God has a remedy. So praise Him for what He will do.

Even though there is a lot of advice being given in the world as to how to approach COVID-19, the sooner one focuses on Who God is, what God expects and how God works, and then is convinced of the fact that God causes, allows and directs all things according to His sovereign plan, the more one will experience the strength, hope, peace, comfort and confidence that only God can provide.

As Philippians 4:6,7 says, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

Yes, those who follow that comforting admonition from Scripture will surely experience all the provision of God that is needed to face COVID-19 or any other troublesome issue that will come upon us in life.

Remember the words of the old hymn written by Civilla D. Martin that says:

“Be not dismayed what-e’re be-tide, God will take care of you.
Beneath his wings of love abide, God will take care of you.

“Through days of toil when heart does fail, God will take care of you.
When dangers fierce your path assail, God will take care of you.

“All you may need he will provide, God will take care of you.
Nothing you ask will be denied, God will take care of you.”

**Gary G. Dull is executive director of the Pennsylvania Pastors Network, board member of the American Pastors Network and co-host of APN’s “Stand in the Gap Today” radio program. He pastors Faith Baptist Church of Altoona.

In The News – Florida Has 11X Fewer Coronavirus Deaths Than New York

An interesting article full of stats and facts. 

 

Florida Has 11X Fewer Coronavirus Deaths Than New York

Florida and New York are states with similar population sizes, but dramatically different approaches to the COVID-19 pandemic…

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Map Tracking COVID-19 Cases in Every U.S. County

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Heritage Creates Map Tracking COVID-19 Cases in Every U.S. County

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The Heritage Foundation has built an interactive map tracking the increase or decrease of coronavirus cases over the past 14 days in every U.S. county. This map can help state and local leaders work together, per recommendations from the National Coronavirus Recovery Commission, in their efforts to reopen America on a county-level or zip code-level basis. “Our approach to reopening America must protect both lives and livelihoods. These aren’t competing priorities,” said Heritage Foundation President Kay C. James, who is serving as chairman of the National Coronavirus Recovery Commission. “This requires locally informed, data-driven decisions. We’ve built an interactive map to give policymakers, businesses, members of civil society, and Americans a tool to track coronavirus cases in counties all across the nation.”

Take a look at the map to see how your region is fairing.

Regathering the Disassembled Church

 

Regathering the Disassembled Church

he Q & A audio clips below highlight a discussion between
Stand in the Gap Today radio hosts and guests, Dr. Gary Dull, Senior Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Altoona, PA, and Pastor Mike Frazier, Senior Pastor of Canton Baptist Temple in Canton, Ohio. They explore how, when, and why it’s important to begin the process of regathering the church together again.

Why are we calling this a ‘regathering of the church’ instead of a reopening? Listen Here (3:16)>>

What have the weeks been like for Pastors during this COVID-19 crisis? Listen Here (2:01) >>

How are church members feeling about regathering? Listen Here (2:30)>>

How have various churches functioned during the quarantine? Listen Here (1:30)>>

Why is it important to meet in person as a congregation instead of online? Listen Here (3:58)>>

How should churches respond to threats from the civil authority? Listen Here (4:35)>>

LISTEN to the entire program HERE!
READ the transcript!

After weeks of being closed due to the Coronavirus, Liberty Counsel and it’s ReOpenChurch.org campaign, has called on the churches to open and believers to start meeting again. Here are some of its resources.

RESOURCES:

Rights of Churches to Meet for Religious Services – Memo detailing church rights

Church Coronavirus Safety Measures – Suggested worship options and safety precautions

Free COVID-19 Resources for Children – Helpful information and activities for kids

The Real Chronological Facts Leading Up to the Arrest of the Florida Pastor

Resources and Benefits for Churches – Join Liberty Counsel as a Cooperative Church


 

Watch this conference call with Pennsylvania Pastors and Mat Staver (Liberty Counsel) discussing the biblical and legal foundations for regathering the churches.

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Corona-Tract

I received this Tract from a friend and thought I would pass it on. It begins with the BIG question “why doesn’t God stop the coronavirus?” and asks 5 more questions of us and the church.

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Media Exploiting the Pandemic

The following are the worst examples of the media exploiting the pandemic over the last few weeks:

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Source: MSNBC Blames Trump for Coronavirus: More People Are Dead “Because Donald Trump Is President”

Guidance for Churches and Religious Institutions Facing Coronavirus Restrictions on Gathering

As more and more cities, counties and even some states are passing more and more restrictions on gatherings and travel in what I believe is a well intended effort to combat COVID-19; we can not forget there exists a freedom of religion in this country that is found in no other. That being said we, as a church must proceed wisely and with caution in the these times. Last week I wrote and article COVID-19 and the Church that deals with the immediate effects of the 15 day restrictions placed on gathering of 10 or more people. This article deals with the proposed long term effects of COVID-19 and the Church and State working together. 

Guidance for Churches and Religious Institutions Facing Coronavirus Restrictions on Gathering

 

The following information is reprinted by permission from First Liberty.  To read and/or print the original document, please click HERE.

The Coronavirus Pandemic has motivated some state officials to impose restrictions on the gathering of large numbers of people in one place at a time, including in a house of worship. Unlike other, voluntary restrictions self-imposed by organizations such as the NCAA or the NBA, these state-mandated restrictions carry the power of law, violating them may lead to legal consequences.

Church and state have an opportunity to work together to reduce the impact of the virus on our communities while encouraging calm and preserving liberty. We offer the following guidance:

1. Religious institutions should continue to serve their local communities. America’s churches and religious institutions have played a central role in caring for their local community throughout history. Whether that is through acts of mercy, providing shelter, or simply being a source of encouragement and peace in times of crisis, America’s religious institutions should continue to be source of strength through service to their local community, especially as their communities may be particularly burdened during this pandemic.

2. Temporary, evenly applied restrictions may be permissible. Government may not substantially burden the free exercise of religion unless it has a compelling reason for doing so, and even then, it must use the least burdensome approach that achieves that compelling interest. Temporary action to reduce the spread of a global pandemic is almost certainly a compelling reason, so long as the government is not treating religious institutions unfairly compared with how it treats other comparable gatherings. For instance, if state officials require churches to ensure that each service has no more than 250 persons, but officials do not require a nearby theater to do likewise, the state may have engaged in religious discrimination.

3. Extraordinary state action to limit the peaceful gathering of American citizens must be temporary. Permanent restrictions on the peaceful assembly of American citizens—and especially those gathered to exercise their religion— violate the U.S. Constitution and are not permissible. As they have throughout history, churches and America’s religious institutions will play a key role in providing care during this global pandemic.

Click here to access APN’s COVID-19 Pastoral Response Kit, and stay tuned in the coming days as APN will share further suggestions of tangible ways to meet the needs of the household of faith and meet the needs of those outside the household of faith to fulfill the obligation of furthering the Gospel and making disciples.

 

Free Resources for Your Stay at Home during COVID-19

Podcast: A Christian Doctor’s Guide to Thinking about Coronavirus (Bob Cutillo, MD)

Trusting God in Uncertain Times

In this episode, Bob Cutillo, MD, author of Pursuing Health in an Anxious Age, discusses the current coronavirus pandemic.

He explains what’s currently happening in the US and around the world; offers a broader perspective on how we should think about this virus in light of history and our Christian faith; and shares godly, practical advice to all Christians as we seek to trust God and love others well in these uncertain times.

Download a free digital copy of Pursuing Health in an Anxious Age along with a number of other free resources related to COVID-19 at crossway.org/coronavirus.


The link below is to a page with a wide selection of resources:

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