Devils and Demons. Just a creature in red with horns that whispers to you when the dessert menu comes around? Revelation 9 gives a VERY different picture - but also a remedy, if we're willing to receive it.
Music Today: 'Man of the Tombs' by Bob Bennett. Southern California soft rock may seem like the wrong genre for today, but Bennett does an amazing job of capturing the pain and the grip of demonic oppression, taking on the character of Legion in Mark 5:1-20. 'Shame and shamelessness equally there/Like the random toss of a coin in the air'. I had the opportunity to see this place on a trip to Israel a couple of years ago - truly amazing.
Are you interested in getting God - and heaven's - complete attention? Do you wonder if there's any hope in the face of natural disasters, global warming, and the general chaos of 2020? Join me for a few minutes in Revelation 8, and the 'backward masking' of creation. (And yes, I'm in the dark - but that's a pretty good analogy for where we are in prayer sometimes - and hopefully the biblical story behind me becomes a little clearer.)
Music Today: 'C.S. Lewis Song' by Brooke FraserOne of the best songs I know for facing the heart ripping sadness of this chapter. "If I find in myself desires nothing in this world can satisfyI can only conclude that I was not made for hereIf the flesh that I fight is at best only light and momentary,Then of course I'll feel nude when to where I'm destined I'm compared"
Marvin Gaye: 'Mercy Mercy Me' (The Ecology)Rolling Stone's latest ranking of Rock and Pop Albums ranked 'What's Going On' as #1. This song is certainly a big reason why. 'If I knew Christ was coming back tomorrow, I would still plant my apple tree today.' - Martin Luther
Ever presumed you were on an invitation list, only to have a very unpleasant surprise when the party begins? Join me for a look at Revelation 7, where the heavenly banquet includes people from all sorts of people and tribes - but is missing one from Israel!
Music Today - Andrew Peterson, 'Is He Worthy?'Kristina and I first heard this song performed by Peterson in concert at Grove City before the paint was even dry - he had just written it and forgot some of the words as he went along. Now hundreds of thousands of people sing it by heart - and draw great hope from it! I think it's one of the finest worship songs of the past 20 years, and it's rooted in Revelation 5 and 7.
Emmylou Harris - 'Jerusalem Tomorrow'Finding good songs about religious manipulation and abuse are difficult, especially told from a first-person perspective. This one is chilling and incredibly effective, as the 'Bluebird' of country music turns into storyteller as a charlatan healer who encounters a surprising 'rival.'
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)