When I was a boy, my grandfather (born in 1913) used to tell stories about a time when he was 5 years old and a sickness swept through the hills outside of Calico Rock where he lived. He was the only person in his family who didn’t get sick. He recounted that his family couldn’t lift their heads from their pillows because they were so ill. He gathered and cooked eggs on a wood stove to keep he and his dog from starving. It occurred to me later in life that he was describing the Spanish Flu Pandemic of 1918. It affected ¼ of the world’s population and though they estimate that over 50,000,000 people died, no one knows for sure. My grandfather said there were houses scattered throughout the hills where entire families had died. There is so much we don’t know about Covid-19, but as of now, it continues to spread rapidly and where one person may have mild symptoms, the virus is deadly to another. It is essential that we take this virus seriously and follow CDC and “good sense” guidelines, as the numbers in Arkansas and surrounding states continue to climb. Your church staff is taking precautions and we hope you are, as well.
Holy Week begins Sunday
Adult Daily Readings & Devotional
As we enter Holy Week in our Clarity series, we have a tremendous opportunity to spend extra devotional time contemplating the last week of Christ’s life on earth. Our worship teams, teachers, video producers, and audio technicians are working hard to provide us with excellent experiences on Palm Sunday and Easter. They are doing an excellent job! Your staff are all heartbroken that we can’t conduct Palm Sunday and Easter services live with all of you. But… it is what it is! I hope you will find comfort and joy in the resources made available.
Join me in Prayer
A good brother sent the following to me today:
“This has been coming to my mind a lot over the last few weeks, especially since we have been praying for revival during a global pandemic. Can you imagine if: the Lord ended the Coronavirus on either Good Friday or Easter? When I say end it... I mean not a trace of it anywhere in the world. BAM... it's just gone. Not just Rogers... or Arkansas... or USA... I mean nowhere on the planet could it be found. Before a vaccine, before weather, or anything else could take the credit, that it would vanish in a way that could not be explained on Easter, the day Christians recognize as the day their Savior conquered the grave. God is big enough and is able to do more than we can ask or imagine!”
Why don’t we join him in this prayer? I think of what Dr. Bill Bright once said, “My greatest regret is that someday when I stand before Christ, I will realize that I asked Him for far too little.” Let’s ask God to do more than we could ever ask or imagine.
Thank you, again, Fellowship for your generosity during this time. This is a frightening time financially for so many, but you have not wavered in your giving to God through Fellowship. We are a blessed church and I pray that, in turn, we are a blessing to Northwest Arkansas and the world.