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Letter from our Chaplain

Apr 24, 2020

Our dear FPDS families, One detail from the Spring of 2020 that everyone in this generation will remember is COVID-19. It’s a blip on the map of history but a significant blip, which has had huge ramifications in the way that it continues to impact us physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Any time we turn on the television or social media, we’re bombarded with details relating to this unseen virus that has brought so many of the routines of life to a standstill, in isolation, and compelling us to ask some key existential questions. How quickly things can change? And how easy it is to be overwhelmed by worry, fear, anxiety, and even depression in this season. And yet, as Christians, in all of this, we have God. In Jesus Christ, God promises to be our hiding-place and shelter. What a glorious truth to ponder that our hiding-place and shelter IS peace, and He brings peace, and He gives peace to His children as we rest in Him. You know that a brief scan of God’s Word yields reminder after reminder, exhortation after exhortation, and promise after promise. Take Psalm 103:19 which reminds us that “the Lord has established His throne in the heavens, and His sovereignty rules over all.” Nothing escapes Him; nothing surprises Him! In fact, He purposes and ordains all things for His glory. You see, from our finite vantage point, we are never meant to grasp the secret things of God (Deut.29:29) but to merely cling to all He has revealed in Scripture. Or what about this exhortation from Phil.4:6-7, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” And then, there’s this magnificent covenant promise, in Psalm 91:5-6, “You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness, nor the destruction that wastes at noonday.” Our God is so gracious to give us the faith, peace, love, and hope for each new day. Friends, as we seek and thirst after God, while resting in Jesus, a question remains: in this time of waiting, and instead of allowing the ‘world’ to set our agenda, what is it that God may be desiring of us as His body? Well, here are a couple of thoughts: (i) are you humbling yourself before Him? Times like these certainly ought to humble us, and the most effective way to practice humility is to stop making life about us. Are there ways to serve others safely; (ii) are we spending the extra time praying and asking God to send His Spirit to revive the Church; (iii) have I turned from my wicked ways, which includes my ‘pet’ sins and lack of trust in the Lord. God awaits us to come before His throne as children, and as we pray, He will hear! Finally, let me take the opportunity to remind you that if you are aware of any needs that arise (whether personal, for a friend, or a neighbor), please feel free to email the need to: needs@fpcjackson.org. If you need to chat or to have someone pray with you, please feel free to contact me.As I reminded a number of the classes this week, through the Zoom devotions: God is great, God is merciful, God is good (Psalm 145:2-3, 8-9)!  Blessings in Christ, Gary Sinclair

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Chapel News

Mar 2, 2020

Life is a glorious pilgrimage! As each of us traverse the frenetic seasons of life, including the joyously busy ones or the heartbreaking, our great God remains forever constant. He faithfully seeks out the hearts of His image-bearers through the means of His inspired revelation, which serves as a supernatural balm to the weary soul. It has the uncanny ability to catch us off guard to strengthen, to comfort, to heal, and to restore our mind, heart, and soul. It refreshes our spirit, reorienting our loves and our gaze! The Psalmist writes one such passage: “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble… There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, …God is in the midst of her. Come, behold the works of the Lord… and ‘Be still and know that I am God…’” How wonderful these words are as the end of another quarter is imminent. Let us keep looking to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, garnering our daily bread and being refreshed by the water of life! This is part of the message we’ve been privileged to reflect upon and explore in our weekly Chapel services. We’ve been considering it through the lens of the Christian’s identity as a “people for God’s own possession” along with all that that entails for our young people. Naturally, this is the next sliver in our study in ‘On Mission Together: Proclaiming the Excellencies of Jesus’ from 1 Peter 2:9-10. Every week, I’m freshly reminded of the incredible privilege we have at FPDS to begin each day in the study of God’s Word, prayer, and song. Our prayer is that the Lord would be pleased to kindly use these meagre ‘seeds of truth’ to bring forth a mighty harvest in, and through, each child. The Lord bless and keep you.

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