A Message from Pastor Tim...
Where Safety Comes From
“Wherefore ye shall do my statutes, and keep my judgments, and do them; and ye shall dwell in the land in safety.”
Dear Family and Friends,
Physical safety is paramount in the minds of many today. The Bible has much to say about safety, both physical and spiritual.
In the Old Testament, God promised His people that they would have a safe environment if they obeyed His commandments, “Wherefore ye shall do my statutes, and keep my judgments, and do them; and ye shall dwell in the land in safety” (Leviticus 25:18).
I’m certainly a proponent of reasonable precautions and security measures. Even Jesus spoke of carrying a sword for protection (Luke 22:36). Security people kept Paul safe from those who would harm him physically on several occasions.
However, need for physical safety pales in comparison to the universal need for spiritual safety. One may be in great danger in this world and still have the assurance of an eternity of security in heaven. We fear not those who can only harm the body yet never touch the soul, “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul…” (Matthew 10:28).
Unfortunately, many are deceived into thinking that safety is provided by the things of the world – a vaccine, a ventilator, a mask or even the government. But the safety these things provide is temporary and fleeting. In fact, when all in the world are saying, “peace and safety” sudden destruction is next (1 Thessalonians 5:2-3)!
Ultimately, real safety is found in only one place – faith in the shed blood of Christ in payment for our sin (John 3:17). Jesus came into the world to provide eternal safety to all who would believe in Him. The need for physical safety pales in comparison to the universal need for spiritual safety.
What do I do on Sunday?
We are encouraging everyone to connect online with our Livestream Church Service on Sunday morning at 10:30am. By all joining in at the same time it will give us a sense of unity and stability. Be sure to sing along with the music and say “Amen” during the message. Make it feel like church :). You may also want to adopt a “tech-challenged” person and help them connect. Let’s do this together and watch God work in a new way!
Here are the three ways you will be able to connect on Sunday:
Facebook - https://facebook.com/thehomechurchlodi
Instagram - http://instagram.com/thehomechurchlodi
Click one of these links and you should be directed right to the proper place. I suggest connecting at least 10 minutes early to be sure everything is working properly.
If you need technical assistance on Sunday morning, we’ll have a team of “geniuses” standing by to help. Please call/text Devin Ridge at 209-915-3999, Jason Turcott at 209-639-1780, or Matt Gomes at 209-603-0668. If they are busy, call Pastor Luke at 209-479-2685.
THC News Corner
LTA held a very memorable outdoor graduation ceremony yesterday.
Congratulations students and thank you teachers for all your hard work.
“Drop-in Exercise and Prayer”
Although we have been given a directive to stay home, the governor has also reminded us of the need for exercise and outdoor activity. He also said to use common sense during this time. So we want to let you know that the church campus is a perfect place to “get some air” and take a walk. We encourage you to keep the social distance recommendations but feel free to come by and talk to the Lord as you get some physical exercise.
As believers, we know that the church provides essential mental, emotional, and especially spiritual health to a community. We need the church now more than ever.
"For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come." 1 Timothy 4:8
If you are impaired and need assistance in shopping or something else please call Pastor Luke at the church office (209-339-7333). There are people who have volunteered to help you.
Want to Help Those In Need?
If you would like to volunteer to be on the call list for those in need of shopping and other help, please call Pastor Luke at the church office (209-339-7333).
“…See that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:” 1 Peter 1:22
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