Lord's Day Update

Hello again beloved,

Our faithful brothers and sisters in Christ have been working diligently to unite us for worship using technology and in the providence of our God, we may have a plan.

We have posted the live-stream link on the church’s website and the app (https://graceoflongbeach.org/live). Please join us tomorrow, Sunday, March 15th, at 10:30 am for a time of singing, prayer, and preaching. Dr. Carl Hargrove, from Grace Community Church in Sun Valley and The Master’s Seminary, will preach God’s word to us. Spread the word to all you know, send the word via email and your social media account that we will worship, pray, and proclaim the name of our Savior via live-stream. It is in Him we are encouraged to trust in these times and at all times.

Also, beloved, let us pray for our leaders. This is not the time to criticize them but to pray that God would grant them wisdom (1 Timothy 2:1-7). Pray for our nation; some are gripped by fear and for all our deepest affections are being exposed. May the church be a light of truth and a life of sacrifice to our neighbors. The light of God’s truth and love is needed, especially in the long grocery lines.

For the giving of offerings, our secured, online giving feature will replace our usual traditional mode of giving. Our online giving service is there to help you give your regular offerings, but if you are having any problems, please reach out to a trusted brother or sister in Christ for assistance or email us at [email protected] and someone will contact you.

Let me say that if this season sets you back financially, pray and apply God’s word wisely, making sure your family needs are taken care of as a first priority. If you are not able to give as you normally would, have a clear conscience by evaluating your desire or need to give less. Some may withhold because they are uncertain about the future. We give because we are confident that God controls the future. In our giving, we are not commanded to do so recklessly but wisely, trusting that all our provision comes from a generous God.

There are times when God gives to us in abundance and other times He graciously withholds. The churches in Macedonia gave in their affliction and poverty, but gave abundantly (2 Cor. 8:1-3). As an example to us all, the church in Macedonia reveals that giving is an act that begins from a new heart, in response to the gospel of our Savior. We give from a heart of flesh as the Lord leads but never to the detriment of our family needs (1Timothy 5:8). Yet giving is an act of our commitment to God.

May the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave Himself to redeem us from this present evil age, grant to us the determination to apply His wisdom, and that we may serve faithfully for His glory and the good of His saints.

Soli Deo Gloria!

Seymour Helligar
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