What a great joy it was to be back in the pulpit on Sunday. Thank you for your encouragement regarding the message. We are in tough times, but our God is greater and the ultimate victory is ours in our Lord Jesus Christ.
Daniel has proven to be a tremendous blessing. His actions show us exactly how we should be responding to much of the political nonsense going on around us. We had problems with the audio portion of the video feed on Sunday, and it cannot be recovered. If you were unable to hear all of Sunday’s message, you can access here: https://www.tbcmacon.com/sermons. Go to “The Time of the Gentiles, Part 2,” Dan. 2:24-29.
Daniel was indeed a true prophet. He was not fearful of the king or anyone in power. He told the truth like it was before the throne of God in heaven. This is the kind of preaching we need today. Men who are willing to preach the truth of God’s Word without compromise. Men who are willing to stand up against secular government overreach when it occurs.
Pray for our brothers in California who are standing against the tyranny of leftist local government officials who believe they now have the power to overturn the U.S. Constitution, and worse, to overturn the Word of God! Remember, in particular, Dr. John MacArthur and Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, CA. Also, please pray for North Valley Baptist Church in Santa Clara, CA. I highly encourage you to watch the statement by Pastor Jack Trieber of NVBC regarding the “cease and desist order and $10k fine” the church recently received. http://nvbc.org/videos.php
This Sunday we will, Lord willing, be moving on to Chapter 3 in the book of Daniel, one of my favorite Bible stories. I call the series on chapter 3, “Faith and Fire.” Daniel’s friends will be tested in the furnace. They will overcome by the blood of the Lamb! Many in our society are bending a knee to secular concepts and ideas. Sometimes the concepts sound good. Many are directly related to social justice issues that are being touted as essential in our culture. But we will find three men who would not bow, they would not bend and they did not burn! By the way, “justice” doesn’t need a qualifier!
We will restart of Sunday School on September 13. I realize some of this paragraph is repeated from last week but I remain convinced the greatest part of the danger from COVID-19 is largely behind us. We have taken all the precautions necessary to make the church as safe as possible. I want to encourage you to return to worship in-person. Of course, if you have symptoms you should stay home. If you have a situation that makes your immune system compromised in any way then you will need to make an informed decision about your return to church and other public places. Masks are optional but appropriate (though I remain unconvinced as to their scientific value in preventing the spread of the disease in question), gloves are appropriate (when worn correctly), and social distancing is most definitely encouraged. I want to see you back at TBC!
As always, I am looking forward to hearing about what God will do at Tabernacle this coming Sunday. Please be present with your Bibles in hand as we worship the Lord together – once again, in-person!
Blessings, YFJS, Bro. Tom