“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28
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As gatherings across our community, like ours, are canceled during the COVID-19 pandemic for the sake of loving our neighbors, we know you’ll be spending more time at home. It is a challenge missing out on the weekly teaching rhythms & fellowship we have known as normal. But we maintain hope in the midst of this challenge. God is still working his sovereign kingdom purposes. Therefore, as we navigate these strange days together, let us be united in prayer. Let us make godly use of the technological tools entrusted to us. Let us walk wisely, making the best use of time. Let us find new applications for loving our neighbor well. Strive to entrust each day to the Lord, think about the lives of others, and reflect on your own spiritual state during this especially trying season. Below you will find resources to help you continue to grow in your personal discipleship.
Monitor Internet Access. Parents, as children are home much more, they will likely be getting more screen time. If you are not filtering and monitoring what your child is doing online, it is wise to do so. Consider whether a device like Circle, a program like Covenant Eyes, or several other similar technologies are right for your family.
How to Talk to Your Kids about the Coronavirus. This Gospel Coalition article gives 3 questions to ask your kids as they navigate what they are thinking given how much has happened around them in the last week.
Culture Matters. Exploring the intersection of faith and culture, this podcast regularly hits on can’t miss topics for parents. Available wherever you listen to podcasts, we recommend first listening to the Tips on Screen Time and Cynicism episodes.
PHBC Kids & Youth
God’s Big Story Podcast. This new podcast helps kids like yours learn the Bible, Sing the Bible, and talk about the Bible. Check it out here or wherever you listen to podcasts.
Pilgrim’s Progress for Kids (Movie): click here
PHBC Adults & Students
TGC Courses. Students, as many of you will find yourself with a lot more time on your hands, consider choosing a free course from The Gospel Coalition to work through in the coming weeks as a way to grow in your walk with the Lord.
Knowing Faith Podcast. Dive into the Christian story, belief, and practice in an accessible way that will help you strengthen the roots of your faith. Check it out here or wherever you listen to podcasts.
Ligonier Courses. Ligonier online is making all of their content free for the next several months in an effort to further equip Christians in this unprecedented time.
Honest Answers. You have tough questions and the Bible offers real answers. Check out these short videos on almost 100 questions on theology, ministry, life.
T4G (Together For The Gospel). Here is a wealth of spiritual encouragement. Enjoy all previous speaker messages, breakout sessions, hymns and other free content that can be found at T4G online as a trustworthy evangelical source.
25 Hymns to Sing In Troubled Times. 9Marks article by Matt Merker with links.
Crossway’s COVID-19 resources like Bible Reading plans, articles, interviews, etc.
Ask Pastor John. John Piper answers, “How do we make sense of the CoronaVirus?”
Anxiety & Distraction
As we watch these events unfold around us, it’s easy to be given over to fear and despair or even be callous. For most of us, this pandemic is one of the most significant global events in our lifetimes. Each day the news reports and updates are relentless: we face new restrictions, new numbers, new fears, new impacts, new changes to what were used to view as normal. As Christians, both temptations and opportunities have increased as a result of COVID-19. For example: it can be hard for us to even acknowledge our own fear; almost as if admitting it cheapens our faith. We don’t have to be ashamed of our fear or hide it, but if we bring it into the light we have gospel hope that God will sanctify us from one degree of glory to another. This is true with our fears, our apathy, our distractions, etc. Let’s bring our anxious-prone and distraction-prone hearts to our tender Savior.
- For the freedom to admit to ourselves and to God that we are afraid, and in our weakness, ask Him to fill us with confidence in His sovereignty.
- For the grace to not let our fear lead us to treat others poorly, to be bad neighbors, or to be short with our loved ones.
- For the promises of God to be brought to our minds as we faithfully meditate on His word.
- For the posture of faith that does not lean on our own understanding, but fully trusts in God.
- For Kingdom eyes that do not look for excuses and escapes, but watch for ways to be a light in the darkness.
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May the Lord have mercy upon us.
We are praying for you,