Showing posts from April, 2020

What is church?

Have you ever thought about what is church…...most would instinctively say it’s a building, maybe a place of worship?  Undoubtably your definition of what church is has been changed or restricted over the last few months.  The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines the church as a building for public and Christian Worship. So, what happens what we can’t meet in this building…or in our case what if we don’t have a building…. does this mean the church stops or doesn’t exist? I (Brian) heard an interesting thought the other day about early Biblical leaders…..Do you think Paul asked Timothy, “Did you go to church this week?”....or Peter ask John, “What church have you been attending?”  I personally don’t think so, because their definition was different than what is common today.  So, what was their definition and what was the early church?  To start I looked up and found the word church is used 108 times in the Bible (New Testament only).  The first time the word church is used in the

Fighting Fear

I reread a story in my Bible tonight that really got my attention in light of the current state of the world and the pandemic, COVID-19.   It reads as follows: Jonathan, the son of Saul, had a son who was crippled in his feet.   He was five years old when the news about Saul and Jonathan came from Jezreel, and his nurse took him up and fled, and as she fled in her haste, he fell and became lame.   And his name was Mephibosheth. 2 Samuel 4:4 Our Gunner will turn five in just a couple weeks.   He can’t wait!   Hahaha….isn’t that how it’s supposed to be?   Children should be celebrated as they are a gift from God. :0) Mephibosheth’s dad, Jonathan, died when Mephibosheth was only five years old .   That hits a little close to home!   Given the recent pandemic prognosis, it would be easy to become anxious at this possibility living here in PNG.   Weighty stuff to consider on a Sunday evening. Still, this story so captures the effects of fear driven actions and how crippling they c