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good news and bad news for the covid-19 mess

The Upward Look, by Jon Forrest

Good News and Bad News for the COVID-19 Mess

My friend Alan Mann from New Mexico Christian Children’s Home sent me this piece that he received from a publication of Southgate Church of Christ in San Angelo, Texas. It got me thinking about some things so I’m sharing it with you.

A lot of stories start with “I’ve got good news and bad news.” For example, the captain tells his men, “I have good news and bad news.” First, the ship is sinking.” The men reply, “Oh, what is the good news? And the Captain says, “That was the good news.”

Well, you already know the bad news. We have a virus that is killing people. Our economy is tanking, and the church building is empty. So, what’s the good news?

1. We are forced to stop and think about things. A much-needed exercise.

2. We are spending more time at home with our families. Another good thing.

3. We are praying more. About time!

4. We are buying more carefully.

5. We are checking on each other.

6. We are counting our blessings.

7. We are writing letters.

8. We are paying attention to our neighbors.

9. We are becoming daily Bible readers.

10. We are learning to cook again.

If this is not you, maybe you could use it as a list of suggestions.


It certainly has been an interesting time in our world and in the church family. We hear people crying out, “This is nothing! It’s no worse than the flu.” On the other hand, we have people saying, “WE’RE ALL GONNA’ DIE!”

Honestly, it is a very serious situation. This virus spreads faster and has a higher death rate than most other common viruses. However, we can combat it through serious hand washing and social distancing.

So, we can’t go to church services together. We can’t greet one another with holy hugs or even handshakes. And, some folks are out of work for the time being and that hurts. However, many of the positives were listed in the above article and should be grasped. I’m sure you can add a few.

One frustration had been not having regular services together and having to find ways to get the word out. We have turned to Facebook Live. We are not television and video experts, but are thankful that the medium we are using is fairly easy to do and has given us surprisingly tremendous outreach.

Do you realize that our Sunday Services and Wednesday Night Bible Study is reaching hundreds more people each time than we usually have in our services? That is great news. I’m now beginning to think about ways we might be able to continue and even improve our online presence once we begin assembling again.

Last week many of you came through in a beautiful way financially. Donations through PayPal on the website www.fccclovis.com, through the Tithley app on our phones, through the mail and through dropping gifts at the church office. While so far no one has taken us up on it, we are still willing to come by your house and pick up your donations if you call or text.

The Lord is providing in tremendous ways in spite of this world-shaking pandemic pandemonium. God is still in control. He always has been and always will be. If you need your pastor or your elders or your deacons or a volunteer from the church family to assist you, all you have to do is call.

I have been calling, to the best of my ability, all of the church members and attenders to make personal contacts and it has been a blessing to me to do so. You all have been so encouraging.

Tonight, I will lead another Facebook Live Bible Study based on our daily devotional guide that we have been studying 7 KEYS TO OPENHANDED LIVING IN A CLOSEFISTED WORLD. We will begin at 6:15pm.

Josh will lead a ZOOM activity with our Teens at 6:00PM

Sunday, we plan to have another worship service on Facebook Live this Sunday at our usual time, 10:30AM. The message will be the 5th and final installment of our Generous Giving series: Generous Giving…Allows You to Experience True Financial Freedom based on 2 Corinthians 8:7; 1 Corinthians 16:2; Matthew 6:19-21

Still following the Good News of Jesus,


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