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Dear church family,
I hope and pray this note finds you well despite the restrictions and limitations we’re all experiencing. God is at work through this, and opportunities for growth in Christ abound. For example, Paul Tripp sent out a helpful reminder of how the Lord is using the pandemic for His glory and our good:
- This pandemic confronts the delusion of human independence and self-sufficiency.
We like to think, as human beings, that we are so advanced and capable. But look around – all it takes is a single virus to shut down the entire world. Let this time remind you that you were created to be dependent on the Creator. The development of spiritual maturity is a move from independence to greater dependence on God. Exposing our delusion of self-sufficiency is a painful thing, but a good thing.
- This pandemic makes God’s sovereign power and amazing grace shine even brighter.
In moments where our helplessness is on full display, isn’t it amazing that God remains in careful control of his world? He is not confused or surprised by any of this. It’s okay for us not to be able to reconcile what is happening. But there is One who is not afraid at this moment. We won’t always know why he does what he does, but we know who he is, and we know what he has promised to his children.
- This pandemic reminds us that there is a greater, darker, and more dangerous pandemic – sin.
Not everyone will test positive for the coronavirus, but everyone has been infected by sin, from birth. “Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me.” (Psalm 51:5, ESV) Sin is eternally more destructive than the coronavirus will ever be, but there is a known cure. God looked at his world in awesome mercy and love and decided he would not let us perish from this disease (John 3:16).
- This pandemic reminds us that nothing in all of creation can separate us from God and his boundless love (Romans 8:31-39).
Know this: Your greatest friend, your deepest lover, and your sweetest companion knows no distance between him and you. He draws especially near to the lonely and the broken-hearted in times like this.
- This pandemic makes us long for our final destination.
The final promise of the gospel is this: There will be a day when such things will end forever, and we will be in a place where there will be no more sickness and no more suffering (Revelation 21:4). Hope in heaven is not some faint, dreamy wish, for those who are embracing some religious delusion. Hope in God’s promise is a confident expectation in a guaranteed result. Paradise is coming; it’s yours by grace. It’s hard to imagine right now, but there will be a time when we will look back on this as a brief moment of trouble. We will do so in a perfect world, with perfect bodies, with perfect hearts, and in perfect relationship with God. Everything will be as it’s supposed to be, and we will live in peace and righteousness forever and ever. This scary moment reminds us of the most precious truths of the gospel. Instead of focusing on the what-ifs and the negativity and fear, how about meditating on those truths today?
Our Session met and prayed for you via ZOOM yesterday. The officers of Providence are also dividing into groups to check on each family and pray for them throughout the week.
The worship service will be posted to our website at 8 a.m. on Sunday morning and will be available for viewing anytime thereafter. You can find it at www.providencedallas.com/worship/.
Lastly, many have asked about an online giving option, and we now have one available on our church website. You can now find a “Giving” tab on our homepage, www.providencedallas.com.
Much love in Christ,
Dear church family,
I hope and pray you are making the best of what might be a very isolating time. Please know that we at the church are praying for you and love hearing from you. I received lots of replies in response to my last post and loved reading them all. Keep them coming!
God’s Word tells us that He does all things for the good of those who love Him and we trust that He is at work even in this. In fact, I think much fruit will be born in the lives of God’s people that otherwise would not have blossomed. The church is going to learn new things about how to minister in a very restrictive environment that will no doubt train her in ways that will help in the future.
In the midst of this unprecedented situation, Ligonier Ministries has made all of their material available at no charge. It is outstanding and will be a blessing to your time at home. Please click here to access.
As far as Sunday goes, a link to the worship service will be posted on our website at 8am on Sunday morning. There will also be a link to a worship guide to facilitate your participation at home.
Beloved, that’s all for now. Please join us in praying for the Lord’s people and that this crisis would come to an end.
Blessings to you,
P.S. As long as we are unable to gather on Sundays, please consider sending your offering through the mail to the church office (10727 Midway Rd, Dallas, TX 75229). We hope to add an online giving option next week.
Dear Church Family,
Last night, as many of you already know, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins and Dallas County health officials held a press conference. In response to more confirmed cases of the Coronavirus in Dallas county, and in effort to slow down the spread of the virus, gatherings of 500 people or more will be prohibited, starting today. For all other gatherings, they “strongly recommend following the social distancing protocols including canceling, rescheduling, or not attending events with more than 250 persons.” In effort to adhere to this order and to love and care for our congregation well and with wisdom, we are canceling our worship service this Sunday, March 15 as well as our weekday activities that week.
We will send another update next week regarding the following Sunday (March 22) and activities that week, as we gather more information and prayerfully consider.
If you would like to live stream a worship service this Sunday morning, we recommend:
Christ Covenant Church in North Carolina, https://christcovenant.org/
We have not yet heard whether Park Cities Presbyterian Church will live stream, but here is the link if so: https://pcpc.org/
As we continue to follow the Coronavirus developments, we will be sending updates through email and through our website, www.providencedallas.com. (There will be a COVID-19 link added to our homepage today.). We continue to pray for the health and safety of all of our PPC members and our community, as well as for wisdom for our government, doctors and public health officials.
We love you, and we are praying with you and for you, dear church family. “The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.” (Psalm 46:11)
PPC Session and Staff