Posts from April 2020

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What’s “Essential”

by Jed Brown
chief standing near body of water

In order to effect the lockdown, many governments have categorized types of works as either “essential” or “non-essential”. This is because most governments, for a variety of reasons, have not quarantined only those who are ill or exposed, but everyone. This differs from the historic and Scriptural versions of quarantine (Lev. 13:45-46; 14:33-53). But my point […]

Praying for God’s Desires for Government

by Jed Brown
white concrete building under sky

We are to pray a lot for governing officials, commands Paul, in 1 Timothy 2: 1 First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, 2 for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in […]

On Submitting to Governing Authorities

by Jed Brown

Governing authorities exist because God instituted them. Romans 13: Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. 2 Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. 3 For rulers are […]

Praying as Exiles

by Jed Brown
time lapse photography of cars on city

Under normal times, governing officials have a great influence on our lives. Governance by elected and unelected officials affects us in many ways. But these days, during this lockdown, we feel government’s hand much more strongly. Some are thankful; some question it. How to respond? Always, no matter the circumstance, we need to connect our […]

Camus’ Community

by Jed Brown
several people watching the sunrise in the middle of forest

In a recent article in the New York Times,* translator Laura Marris recounts a speech that the Algerian author Albert Camus gave in 1946, after World War II. Against the “plague” of Nazism and totalitarianism (one of Camus’ greatest works was the novel “The Plague”), Camus called for  “. . . communities of thought outside […]

Wake Up! – Jim Rallens

by GraceChurchEG

Revelation 3:1-6 (ESV) “And to the angel of the church in Sardis write: ‘The words of him who has the seven spirits of God and the seven stars. I know your works. You have the reputation of being alive, but you are dead.  Wake up, and strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have not found your […]

Restore Us, O God – Glen Henderson

by GraceChurchEG

There is a relational aspect with God and too often we replace God with idols in our land of plenty.  May we depend on God the Father and not worldly desires.  As we pray this week for revival as individuals,  Grace church, Christ’s churches in the U.S. and the world, may we use Psalm 80 to direct […]

God Fills the Empty Cup – Steve Demers

by GraceChurchEG

You have no doubt heard the word “Revival” countless times, in what is probably many years in church. We learn that it is a work that God does in us and in his church. Often we learn that revival something that should be eagerly sought. But a few verses challenge my earlier notions of what […]

Praying in a Time of Uncertainty – Van Fleetwood

by GraceChurchEG

The super flu– Coronavirus– has caused us considerable challenges.  Staying away from others is the order of the day. The stress of finding treatments that will lessen or stop the virus from its deadly outcome frustrates us. It puts us in a place of vulnerability.  We feel helpless. Yet, we feel we should be able […]

Praying for Revival

by GraceChurchEG

Here’s a video version of this post Greetings, Grace Church! Easter has come and gone, and it’s Monday, but not like any other Monday in recent memory. We’re still under lockdown orders, and there is some question now of how long this situation will last. Public debate is increasing.  In the meantime, we find ourselves […]