From Pastor Sam: He is No Fool (4/1/2020)

For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved
it is the power of God. 1 Corinthians 1:18

Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
1 Corinthians 1:25

Dear New Life in Christ Church Family,

As we observe April Fool’s Day of 2020, we find this year’s mood more somber. And while we do well to take
seriously the guidance of our civil authorities, we also know from experience it is possible to meditate upon the
problem to such a degree that we permit it to drain our spiritual strength and overshadow the needs before us.
So as you flatten the curve while extending your radius (through phone calls, social media interaction, and
otherwise), make it your purpose to be deliberate:

a. Start with your relationship with the Lord – Because your own devotional time is critical to building your
relationship with the Lord and knowing His will for your life, don’t make it too complicated. Start where you
are. For instance, if you find it difficult to read God’s Word on a regular basis, pick a book of the Bible like the
Gospel according to Mark and read a passage. Consider what you read. Apply it to yourself. And pray.

b. Observe the needs of those closest to you – The Lord has placed you in a home, a church and a community.
First and foremost, pray for each one that comes to mind. Share your faith. Ask Him for wisdom to meet
needs around you.

c. Ask for help – The Lord is the One who keeps, protects, and holds you, every moment of every day. Cry out to
Him often. The Lord has placed Elders and Deacons in the body to support the needs of every member. If you
have particular needs or concerns, please contact your Shepherd-Elder or Care Group Leader, a Deacon
(https://www.nlicc.org/telladeacon/), or the pastors or church office (540-786-4848).

While there are great resources such as these to help you in your personal and family devotions, it is more
important to start today and continue to correct, refine, and develop your approach over time:
https://www.bible.com/
https://www.ligonier.org/blog/bible-reading-plans/

10 Ideas and 10 Tips for Family Devotions in 2019

Consider family devotions in view of the “family” in which God has placed you, and who’s at the table when you sit
down to eat. Just as you would share a dish with the guests of your table, take the opportunity to share how the
Lord has fed you by His Word (e.g. Matthew 4:4; Deuteronomy 8:3). As you are able, include a familiar praise song
or a selection from the Trinity Hymnal (https://hymnary.org/hymnal/TH1990) to join together in song. And close in
prayer. Keep the time succinct and focused, and include each guest at the table to the degree they may benefit.

And then wash, rinse, repeat. Don’t fret so much over the individual moments, and just keep building a pattern.

Share your best practices on the New Life in Christ Facebook page so we may learn from each other.

Missionary Jim Elliot is often remembered for the quote, “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that
which he cannot lose.” During this time of testing, what are you finding that you simply cannot keep? When you
think of giving up what you can’t keep, you may first think of people or other tangible objects. But with all the
difficulty of living, working, and training in such close confines, the thing I’m finding I can’t keep is a predictable
schedule. Join me as I repent of my seemingly insatiable desire to predict and control my life, and find rest and
contentment in the fellowship of suffering (Philippians 3:10) to which our Savior is inviting us.

Yours in Christ,
Pastor Sam

Upcoming Events via Livestream (www.nlicc.org/watchlive)
Next Sunday (4/5/20)
● 9:00 am Adult Sunday School Class – Billy and Yashmin Clark (via livestream)
● 10:00 am Worship Service – Pastor Sean preaching (via livestream)
● 6:00 pm Evening Service – Israel Team Report part 2 (via Zoom – look for email with the invite)
● 7:00 pm Youth Group (via Zoom – look for email with the invite)

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