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July 6, 2020
Weekly E-mail Update
TBC Choir & Orchestra,
I trust everyone had a great Independence Day and holiday weekend! It was a meaningful service to me yesterday as we spent time praying for our country and thanking God for the liberties we enjoy. Even though life is somewhat crazy right now with the coronavirus, racial strife, a contentious election and more, we are still abundantly blessed as a nation. God has been good to us, and we pray for His continued guidance of our country!
We are almost a month away to resuming regular morning services. We'll be back with choir & orchestra on Sunday, August 9, Lord willing! In the weeks to come, we'll be making firmer plans, but the main steps we will currently take is to space out the choir so the chairs extend even further to the right as well as blocking out the middle row. We'll also space the orchestra out a little, although y'all already have a little more space between chairs.
If you personally don't feel comfortable coming back to choir or orchestra on August 9, please let me know. I know that some of you, due to age or health concerns, have to be extra careful. I totally understand the need for caution, so don't hesitate to communicate that to me.
"Walking with God"
During my morning devotions today, I came across Genesis chapter 5. In some ways, it can be sad and sobering. Even Methuselah, who lived almost 1,000 years, still received the epitaph "and he died." It's as if when writing Genesis, Moses wanted us to understand clearly that even in the early stages of human life on planet earth, death was an inescapable reality.
However, hope springs forth with Methuselah's father, Enoch. The text skips the pattern of "and he died," and instead inserts this: "Enoch walked with God, and he was not, for God took him." I think this may be an early hint of the future hope that would come through Jesus Christ. Obviously, in the Old Testament, we have all kinds of hints along the way, signs that point to Jesus. In fact, Jesus Himself said that the writings of Moses have signs that point directly to Him (Luke 24:27)
Whatever the reason God had for taking Enoch directly to heaven, presumably without actually dying, we don't know, but it was connected to His closeness to the Lord Jesus. What I do know is that walking with Jesus is a foretaste of heaven! As we get to know the Lord better, it's truly like heaven on earth.
In her hymn, "Blessed Assurance," Fanny J. Crosby wrote of the joy of having a relationship with Jesus, a foretaste of the glory that awaits us:
Blessed assurance Jesus is mine,
O what a foretaste of glory divine.
May we all walk so closely with Jesus this week that we get that early taste of heaven!
In Christ Alone,