A Prayer for the COVID 19 Crisis

Almighty and Everlasting God, You are our refuge and strength, a very present help in times of trouble.  Therefore, we will not fear. You are our fortress, our God, in whom we trust.  For you will deliver us from the deadly pestilence.  Your faithfulness is a shield and buckler.  Help us not to fear the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the destruction that wastes at midday. Be moved to pity when you see our calamity and restrain your hand of judgement.  Take the coronavirus from our land and our world. To everyone affected by COVID 19 grant mercy, relief, and refreshment.  Give those suffering healing and, if not, give them and their families strength and confort. Look upon and visit the cities of the world in their distress over the coronavirus.  Renew the ties of mutual regard in those cities and protect life. Send us honest and able political leaders at all levels of government who would unite our nation in response to this crisis.  Grant relief from political

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Good Answers to Good Questions

The Barna Group’s latest research is of great interest to me.  This research firm, working with World Vision, put together a study titled “The Connected Generation.”  With a sample size of 15,369 from a young adult population (ages 18 to 35) from twenty-five countries speaking nine languages.  The stated aim of the survey is to equip pastors and church leaders to better understand this age group, of whom much ink has been spilled.  Several items cited over at The Christian Post struck me as important. This study shows us a crisis in three areas: pastoral care, answering tough questions concerning the Christian Faith, and involving a new generation of church leaders.  Quoting from the article: Only one-third (33 percent) say they feel deeply cared for by those around them.  “Only a third say they often feel someone believes in me,” Barna President David Kinneman  said. “This tells me that two out of three young people around the world would not feel these kinds of relational connect

Advice on Finding a Woman to Marry

(This post is written in response to a conscientious and intelligent young man who asked my advice on how to find a woman to marry.  Other readers, what would you add?) You are asking me a good question, one that I wanted to take the time to put together a thoughtful, written response to address.  Please keep in mind that I am neither seminary educated nor am I a licensed professional counselor.  You might well have paid either of those people for their advice, and my advice is free.  My advice might be worth what you paid for it, but I will do my best. This is a very important decision.  Many would call it the single most important decision you will make outside of the decision to follow Christ.  I would like for you to be careful because of this decision’s importance, but not too careful.  Your spiritual life is simply not ultimately dependent on this decision; the small decisions you make every day concerning whether to believe the gospel and be obedient to God’s Law are simply

Ink and Debt Free

A post over at The Transformed Wife entitled “Men Prefer Debt Free Virgins without Tattoos” has inspired quite the reaction on the internet.  It has inspired discussion at Doctrine and Devotion , and thoughtful posts at The White Horse Inn and Christ Hold Fast .  I want to add some thoughts. The original post traces to a particular source: “Most of this debt comes from college.”  I think that is true in our society much of the time.  Just google “useless college degrees,” and you will find articles outlining some of the more ridiculously outlandish degrees on can get.  There is also a line of thought that one would be better off going to trade school that getting one of those degrees.  The Medium argues this, and I find the argument difficult to contradict.  We simply need more tradesmen and women than we do college graduates with degrees.   So maybe choosing to be debt free because you did not pursue a college degree that will not benefit you financially would be a wise thing.  We

Steadfast Love - A Sermon Delivered by J. K. Jones on June 17, 2018 at The First Presbyterian Church of Dyersburg

Sermon Text: Bless the Lord, O My Soul Of David. Psalm 103  Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's. The LORD works righteousness and justice for all who are oppressed. He made known his ways to Moses, his acts to the people of Israel. The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. He will not always chide, nor will he keep his anger forever. He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us. As a fa

Oh, What a World

The entire territory of Puerto Rico is without power, and the power may be down for months.  Houston, Texas, has only begun the cleanup efforts after their hurricane.  Not to mention other islands in The Caribbean and our own Florida Keys.  Hurricane season is far from over. An earthquake in Mexico has killed over 200 people, with the body count still rising.  This while Operation Christmas Child did not collect enough shoeboxes world-wide last year to give all the eligible children in Mexico City alone a gift-filled shoebox. The Reformed African American Network thoroughly documents past and current racial injustice in this country.  My own amateur research into officer involved fatalities shows they disproportionally effect the African-American and especially the Mexican-American communities. Operation Heal our Patriots estimates that over 48,000 service members have been wounded or injured since the 9/11/2001 attacks.  The Department of Veteran’s Affairs estimates that