Would you prefer presents from God or God's presence? Moses answers this differently than most, and that's a Very good thing! 8 minutes with Exodus 33; I apologize for the length, but there's a plot twist at the end you won't want to miss! Music: Third Day, 'Show Me Your Glory' https://youtu.be/Z_e3aJLRsdc
The accused is completely exasperated; the accusers are angry whiners; the likely outcome for the loser is death. Lockdown day 10? Nope, it's Exodus 17:1-7, one of the most remarkable passages in the OT. Make sure you also look at Paul's take on this in 1 Corinthians 10:4. I was still so annoyed with this morning's illustration about what humanity is like that I forgot to mention it, as well as today's music! Chris Rice, performing August Toplady's classic hymn 'Rock of Ages, cleft for me, let me hide myself in thee.' I'll mention something about the 'hide myself' portion tomorrow, but a word here about Toplady's call for God to be a 'double cure' from sin: The first cure is from sin's 'guilt' or 'wrath' Jesus pays the penalty of our guilt for breaking God's law. Yet Toplady also wants to be freed from sin's 'power' In other words, we can be forgiven by the blood of Christ, but still remain under the delusion that the goals, behaviors and rewards of this world are worth pursuing over God's ways (see 1 John 2:15-17). The DOUBLE cure is to receive that Christ has the power and desire to lead us into a new way of living as we 'hide ourselves' with him. That's where we're going tomorrow! https://youtu.be/rlhJ6ApK25E
Spiritual exfoliation. It's a thing. Join me for a few minutes on Malachi 3:1-2, and God's occasional deep cleans that involve taking a pipe bomb to our perceptions of self-sufficiency. Music: Jason Isbell's '24 Frames' (If you prefer George Frederick Handel or heavy metal for this theme, I'm willing to oblige.)
If you've had your fill of late night movies and trivia games, take a few minutes with me to latch on to John's discovery in 1 John 3:1-3. You can be a part of the most exciting adventure and destiny of all - even on lockdown!
Last night our church session met in a virtual meeting to discuss our plans for worship in light of the latest guidance given July 15 from Governor Wolf. The governor specifically exempted churches from his restrictions of no more than 25 people in an indoor facility and has not placed Beaver County (or any other county in Western Pennsylvania) back in a ‘red’ phase.
We also carefully considered all the feedback we received from those of you who have replied over the past month to our questionnaire.
As a result, the Cup church session adopted unanimously the following policy:
We will continue to meet for sanctuary worship at 10:30 on Sunday mornings.
We are requiring masks through the entire worship service unless a medical condition prevents this. If someone desires not to wear a mask for personal reasons, we can provide a location for seating where the service can be heard, but outside of the sanctuary.
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We continue to monitor the situation involving COVID-19 and aim at providing the proper balance of spiritual and physical care to our congregation and community. Our policy will be adapted as circumstances warrant.
We are thankful for God’s provision and your support in these challenging times and look forward to the time when all of us will feel comfortable and secure in attending worship together. Until that time, let us ‘fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith. . .so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.’ (Hebrews 12:2-3)