By Johnny O. Trail — During this season of quarantine, I have taken on projects that I have not had the time to complete. One of these projects included cleaning out the garage. Going through old boxes and other items that were quickly stowed away awoke memories from the past. Among the fondest of those memories, was the re-discovery of my father’s old fishing tackle box.
Upon opening the box, it was determined that the contents were in a very rough condition. My father rarely fished with artificial lures, so most of the items were hooks, sinkers, floats, and fishing line. The box had not been opened or used for about fifteen years, so the items were rusted and stuck to various parts of the box. Continue reading “The box does not matter — the memories do”
For some, the worldwide crisis of the body — the coronavirus pandemic, if that is what it is — has become a crisis of the soul.
Can the soul in flight from God and in pursuit of worldly things — the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life — deal with the isolation and the quarantine of the body? Continue reading “Crisis of body and soul”
“And they passed through the Phrygian and Galatian region, having been forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia, and when they had come to Mysia, they were trying to go into Bithynia, and the Spirit of Jesus did not permit them; and passing by Mysia, they came down to Troas. And a vision appeared to Paul in the night: A certain man of Macedonia was standing and appealing to him, and saying, ‘Come over to Macedonia and help us.’ And when he had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go into Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them” (Acts 16:6-10 NASB).
In 1991 two Americans traveled to a south Asian country to spend several weeks preaching the gospel. During the two days of their travel the first Gulf War began, so that when they arrived at their destination (an Islamic country) they discovered it was not safe for them to enter it. One of the men had contacts in a nearby, non-Islamic nation, and suggested they spend their allotted time there, which they did with much success. That unplanned visit was the beginning of a highly successful ongoing mission work, resulting in many conversions and new church plantings. Continue reading “Macedonian calls”
BY BRETT CHRISTENSEN —
The response to the pandemic has led to people in many parts of the world being confined to their houses. The degree of restriction varies from place to place, but in some parts people are forbidden even to leave their houses, except for essential purposes like getting food or medical attention. Very commonly, gatherings of more than two or three are banned.
Most understand why governments deem this necessary. We’re trying to stop the spread of a virus that is remarkably adept at spreading. Continue reading “Stay home!”
Retired people find themselves at home a lot, with time on their hands. So they say. I wouldn’t know. Then, sickness often restricts people to a bedroom or a couch for a time. Mothers used to stay at home with little children (congratulations to those who still do), and they’d sometimes feel stir-crazy being confined with the toddlers. And let us not forget the golden agers who lose mobility, are stuck at home, or now find themselves living in a care facility where their every activity is regimented and controlled.
Life situations sometimes restrict us, and we can’t do what we once did. We can’t go out, we can’t get about, we can’t decide when and where to go. Continue reading “Work within your limitations”
“Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor. For if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion. But woe to the one who falls when there is not another to lift him up” (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 NASB).
“Then the Lord God said, ‘It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him’” (Genesis 2:18).
As I write this I am halfway through a two-week-long self-quarantine due to having traveled back to the U.S. from Asia and because of the rapid spread of the Corona Virus or Covid-19. Though this quarantine began as a recommendation, and was limited to a two-week period, the situation has changed considerably. In my state there is not yet a legally mandated “shut-down” of travel and other activities, but that could be imposed at any time. My quarantine may be extended considerably, as will that of most in this country. Continue reading “Isolation”