Self-preservation is a human instinct. We are wired to take whatever steps seem necessary to ensure our own survival. This is why store shelves have very little toilet paper, non-perishable food, and medicine in stock.
Disaster preparation is a good thing, however, we must not confuse responsible preparation with fear-based selfishness. Hoarding many months of supplies or price-gouging others, especially those in need, is not resourcefulness — it is sin.
In Luke 3, John the Baptist is traveling around the Jordan area, calling people to ask forgiveness of their sins and to leave their wickedness behind. Verses 7 and 8 say: “When the crowds came to John for baptism, he said, ‘You brood of snakes! Who warned you to flee the coming wrath? Prove by the way you live that you have repented of your sins and turned to God’” (NLT). This is the Baptist’s call to faith and godly living.
John’s listeners are so far from God that they’re not even sure what godly living looks like, so he clarifies for them. “The crowds asked, ‘What should we do?’ John replied, ‘If you have two shirts, give one to the poor. If you have food, share it with those who are hungry.’ Even corrupt tax collectors came to be baptized and asked, ‘Teacher, what should we do?’ He replied, ‘Collect no more taxes than the government requires’” (verses 10–13).
This current worldwide coronavirus disease pandemic is not the time for Christians to haughtily spout (often misapplied or incorrect interpretations of) Bible prophecy that builds fear in unbelievers. Instead, it is the time to quietly give our shirts to the poor and our food to the hungry. We must live out Romans 13 by abiding by the regulations of governing authorities (verses 1–7) and by loving our neighbors (verses 8–10).
What does this look like during the COVID-19 crisis and beyond? With care to their health and yours, reach out to elderly and disabled friends and neighbors and offer to share toilet paper or to grocery shop for them. Encourage local grocery stores to implement seniors-only shopping hours. Bake bread or cook a pot of beans for those who find the store shelves empty or their livelihoods disrupted. Sew baby wipes and diapers for overwhelmed moms. Facetime or Skype with those who may be lonely. Provide childcare for those whose schools have closed but the parents still have to work.
You can also volunteer with organizations such as Meals on Wheels, donate money to charities that are providing resources during the crisis, deliver extra food to the local food bank, give blood, and so on. If your church doesn’t already have one, consider spearheading an initiative to collect funds and supplies to help members directly affected by the virus via job loss, illness, etc.
Above all, be kind. Smile. Share. Hold the door (with your foot, of course). God is still in control.
— Alicia J. Adams is director of marketing for Pacific Press Publishing Association
After prayer and careful consideration of the current situation regarding the spread of COVID-19, we will abide by the guidelines from the Ontario Conference and health authorities, specifically the advice to avoid large gatherings. That being said, all services and programs tomorrow, Sabbath, March 14, 2020, will be postponed until further notice. This will also include all weekly services, including Wednesday night prayer meeting.
We will provide updates as we move forward during the week, but in the meantime, we encourage you to remain calm and trust that the Lord has everything in control; let us continue to pray intensely for this world-wide health crisis.
We also invite you to connect with one of the many online streaming services available for worship. Some options are:
3ABN: https://3abn.org/ Live Youtube link: https://www.youtube.com/user/3ABNVideos
Amazing facts: https://www.amazingfacts.org/ live Youtube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IzNZahpY9Qw
Pioneer Memorial: https://www.pmchurch.org/
Right now media: https://www.rightnowmedia.org
We will continue to pray and hope to see you all soon. Communications @Bronte SDA
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As another week passed, we want to pause and remember to give God thanks and praise for His mercies throughout this week. Let us rejoice with the Psalmist declaring: “How precious to me are your thoughts oh God! How vast is the sum of them? Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand!” Psalm 139:18.
This week we saw how the world reacted to the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, there is a sense of fear and uncertainty in the air, but we must remember that Jesus is in the midst of the storm. We are reminded that His perfect love casts out all fear, we are reminded that God will never leave us not forsake us, and that He is in the midst of whatever challenges we face. Let us continue to pray for our safety and our community so that Bronte will continue to be a shining beacon of hope. You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in you. Isaiah 26:3
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How long is a “long” wait? 4 minutes on the drive-thru lane or 10 minutes until the next customer service representative is available? 12 seconds for the YouTube video to play, or 15 minutes until the pizza delivery finally arrives? In today’s society where we’re used to getting notifications in real-time, accustomed to instant gratification, and can find the answers to any question by just invoking Alexa or our friend Google, what could help us to learn how to wait? It’s interesting to remember that even in the same society that we live in, a mother still patiently and happily waits 9 months to meet her new baby; and a farmer still waits 100 days to harvest the corn. Could it be that it’s more about what we’re waiting for than how long the wait is? Just ask the bridegroom who waited two years to have everything ready for the wedding day, or the new professional who just graduated after four years of intensive studies. It is our prayer today that we keep our focus on the “promise” more than the wait. “Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ” Titus 2:13 (KJV). Let’s sing with Bill and Gloria Gaither:
Teach me Lord to wait down on my knees, till in Your own good time You answer my pleas;
Teach me not to rely on what others do; But to wait in prayer for an answer from You; They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles;
They shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. Teach me Lord, teach me Lord to wait.
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As we go through our daily lives may we always take time to reflect on Jesus’ second coming. We know that waiting can be difficult and at times discouraging so we were taught how to be encouraged as we keep the faith and hold on to His promises that have been fulfilled and to those that are soon to take place. We have to wait patiently. We must diligently seek Him and His word, and urgently receive the messages He sends to us through His word and through His response to our prayers. May we continue to watch as end time prophecies are unfolding and believe that it is not the timing of His arrival that matters, but it is His coming that does. May the light of God’s love revive us and bring hope, joy, and peace into each of our lives, bringing us even closer to Him. May the power of the Holy Spirit in our hearts and minds strengthen our lives so that we can continue to feel the need for revival and to feel the weight of the needs of others. Let us cling to Jesus only. It is His power that will help us to overcome daily struggles that threaten to pull us away from Him. He will keep us safe and nothing will ever separate us from Him and His love for us. As we journey together as a church family, may we be restored, refreshed and reawakened as we look toward history’s most anticipated event. May we encourage, support and love each other along the way. John 14:3 tells of Jesus’ promise to us; “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.” Let us hold on to this promise as we continue on with Jesus’ strength to this wonderful day.
As we move into the middle of the winter season we may feel anxious, sad and even under the weather due to the wintertime blues. Despite the lack of sunshine and being cooped up indoors, as Canadians it is okay feel this way. In our humanity, we at times feel weak, weary, and overwhelmed. The good news is we don’t have to stay there because God wants us to experience His presence, love and joy. Jesus, who experienced every human condition comforts us with these words, “Come to Me, all you who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). May we come to Jesus, who awaits us with wide-open arms, ready to restore us to a place of health, healing, joy, peace and hope.
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This weekend is when people remember the one whom they love, whether their spouse or significant other. Lets us celebrate this love with joy and peace. May our ultimate love be shown to the One who first loved us. Jesus has loved us all with an everlasting Love. Let’s contemplate all that He has done for mankind and is doing for us now. May His love for us move each of us to share Jesus with someone today and may our hearts be given to Him in complete surrender.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16
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