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May 27, 2020

We are meeting this Sunday, May 31st at 8:45 and 10:45 AM!
 
Thank you for your patience, endurance, and encouragement during this unique time of worldwide pandemic. We are not alone as brothers and sisters across the globe have needed to adjust normal ministry and worship meetings. We at Cornerstone have followed the guidance of our health and government officials for the safety of others and only livestreamed our church services online.

Now our state governor and local officials have given us permission to reopen our church. Praise the Lord!

Please click here to make a seat reservation and to read the guidelines we must follow. Hope to see you soon!

Learning to live and love more like Christ our Cornerstone,
Pastor John Marc

May 7, 2020

Below are two updates from Pastor John Marc. Please watch both of them. The first discusses a meeting he had with our local officials detailing SLO county's plans for how and when churches can begin the process of reopening. The second explains how Christians honor and obey God in the way we respond to our governing authorities as outlined in 1 Peter 2:13-17.

April 30, 2020

Update from our elder Cole McDaniel.

April 22, 2020

Hello Cornerstone Family!

This is Pastor Dan.  I sure do miss meeting together with all of you in person.  I hope and pray that you are doing well as we wait for this season to come to an end.

This past Sunday I had the opportunity to preach livestream at our sister church in Santa Maria.  The sermon was one that I preached at Cornerstone back in February before the “shelter at home” began.  I want to review part of that message with you from Psalm 40.  As we look at verses 1-10, we see David praise God for delivering him out of a past situation.

Let’s look at verse 1….David says, “I waited patiently for the Lord.”  Another way to say this is, “waiting, I waited.”  David waited and waited and waited.  That’s patience.  We live in a world where we do a lot of waiting.  We wait in lines at the grocery store, amusement parks, the DMV, and many other places.  We wait for that man or women to back out so we can have the perfect parking spot.  We wait in traffic.  We wait for our clothes to dry.  We wait for dinner to get done.  We wait for the sequel to our favorite movie.  We wait to see if we passed a test.  We wait for results from medical tests.  We wait to get married.  We wait for our children to be born. We wait for this “shelter at home” to be lifted.  We wait and wait and wait for so many things.  We don’t like to wait.  We will pay extra to get on the plane so we don’t have to be in the last group to board.  We drive with a friend or pay a toll so we can use the carpool lane or drive on toll roads to avoid waiting in heavy traffic.  We will pay extra at an amusement park so we don’t have to wait in long lines.  We don’t like to wait.

Sometimes we can do things to avoid waiting, but there are many circumstances in life that we can’t control.  In those times we must patiently wait on God. In Psalm 13, David prays, “How long, O Lord? Will You forget me forever? How long will You Hide your face from me?” Waiting is something that David experienced often.

David patiently waited for God and then after a long wait (look at the second part of verse 1), God “inclined to me and heard my cry.” In this past time of difficulty, David is praising God.  He is remembering when he waited.  He is remembering when God heard his cry.

David praised God for two things.  First, he praised God for what God has done.  Look at verse 2, “He brought me up out of the pit of destruction, out of the miry clay…”  The situation is one where David is not able to get out on his own.  He is trapped.  It’s a dark pit.  He is all alone.  He can’t get out because of the mud and mire.  We don’t know what “the pit” was for David.  The Bible doesn’t tell us.  Have you ever been in a situation where you felt that you were alone in a pit?

Maybe you currently  feel like you are alone in the pit.  You have been waiting for God to help and deliver you from that pit.  Verses 2 and 3 show us how God intervened in David’s situation.  David notes three things.  “He brought me up out of the pit of destruction, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock making my footsteps firm. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God.”

I can picture David rejoicing. He did it!  He heard me!  He rescued me!  He brought me up out of that hopeless pit.  He put a new song in my mouth!  David is praising God.  Now David sees an opportunity to tell everyone what the Lord had done for him.  Look at the end of verse 3, “Many will see and fear and will trust in the Lord.”  David will tell his story about God’s deliverance.  What an opportunity to point people to God.  David knows in verse 4, “How blessed is the man who has made the Lord his trust, and has not turned to the proud, nor to those who lapse into falsehood.” David wants people not to depend on human strength or idolatry.  He wants them to trust in the Lord.

David continues remembering what God has done in verse 5, “Many, O Lord my God, are the wonders which You have done,  and Your thoughts toward us; there is none to compare with You.  If I would declare and speak of them, they would be too numerous to count.”  Look at what God has done!  Praise God for what He has done!  God has intervened in David’s life many times.  The Apostle Paul reminds us in Romans 8:28 that, “God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”

Right now we are waiting for the “shelter at home” order to be lifted.  We don’t know what that will look like, but God knows.  Let’s trust God. When we trust God, He will give us a peace that surpasses all understanding.

I have heard many great reports from people in our Cornerstone family and from other believers around the world about what God is doing as we wait.  Bible sales are up.  People from Cornerstone have shared the gospel with friends and neighbors and have seen some come to know the Lord.  Churches are live-streaming their services and are reaching more people than they ever have before.

Brothers and sisters, the world waits with us.  Many in the world have not put their trust in Christ for salvation.  Those of us who have put our trust in Christ have hope as we wait.  Let’s represent Christ well as we wait on Him.

April 15, 2020

Update from our Associate Pastor, Jesse Howard
There Is a Fountain - William Cowper
Verse 1
There is a fountain filled with blood drawn from Immanuel’s veins
And sinners, plunged beneath that flood lose all their guilty stains
Lose all their guilty stains, lose all their guilty stains
And sinners, plunged beneath that flood lose all their guilty stains

Verse 2
The dying thief rejoiced to see  that fountain in his day
And there may I, though vile as he , wash all my sins away
Wash all my sins away, wash all my sins away
And there may I, though vile as he, wash all my sins away

Verse 3
Dear dying Lamb, Thy precious blood shall never lose its power
Till all the ransomed ones of God be saved to sin no more
Be saved to sin no more, be saved to sin no more
Till all the ransomed ones of God be saved to sin no more

Verse 4
E’er since by faith I saw the stream Thy flowing wounds supply
Redeeming love has been my theme, and shall be till I die
And shall be till I die, and shall be till I die
Redeeming love has been my theme, and shall be till I die

Words: Public Domain, Music: Public Domain

April 10, 2020

Update from our missionary, Victor Zubarev in Moscow, Russia.

April 7, 2020

Update from Cole McDaniel, one of our elders at Cornerstone Community Church.

March 31, 2020

Two days ago, March 29th, President Trump announced, “The modeling estimates that the peak in death rate is likely to hit in two weeks...Therefore, we will be extending our guidelines to April 30, to slow the spread.” Such an announcement and news comes as a painful blow. As the pandemic continues, it is difficult to imagine that the worst is yet to come. How many will die? What if it hits close to home? What if I or someone I love is infected? Will the stimulus package really help the economy? If this goes much longer, how will we get what we need to live? How will anything be normal again?  

The situation we face is grim but it isn’t unique. And, it is not without hope. There was a day when the “minor” prophet Habakkuk was also contemplating a “major” calamity fast approaching him and his nation. It wasn't a virus, rather it was thousands upon thousands of Chaldean soldiers marching towards Judah. This was terrifying. This was nightmarish -- the petrifying thought of vicious devices of torture, the deafening sound of thousands marching upon Jerusalem, the rancid smell of death and decay, the sting of the whip forcing captivity.

How would Habakkuk handle this? How would he trust in the Lord at a time like that? How do you and how do I trust in Him at a time like this? What do I do when I am losing hope? What do I do when I begin to doubt? How do I trust when everything is making me question Him? How do I actually trust in the Lord in the fiercest and most trying moments in life? What do I do?

The culmination of Habakkuk’s writing guides us, as the Lord moved him back to the solid ground of faithful trust in the Almighty. And it began in chapter 3 verse 16 by resting in God’s sovereignty.  

Habakkuk writes, “I heard and my inward parts trembled, at the sound my lips quivered. Decay enters my bones, and in my place I tremble. But I will wait quietly for the day of distress, For the people to arise who will invade us." (Hab. 3:16) What did he hear? Something has reduced this man to a quaking and quivering mess! The answer: Not Babylonian invasion, but an overwhelming vision recounting the sovereign power of Almighty God! He is given a breath-taking remembrance of God’s past dealings at the Red Sea, at the Jordan, and in Israel’s encounters with the wicked nations (3:2-15).  

Friends, a corrected view of God and man corrected Habakkuk’s thinking. He was reminded to fear God rather than fearing man. The sovereign power of God once again became much larger in his mind and heart. When God looms large in our hearts, everything else becomes small, especially a virus. Because of this regained view of the sovereign God, Habakkuk could “wait patiently,” literally “rest with a sigh of relief,” even though pain and suffering were still headed his way. The sovereignty of God didn’t necessarily mean Habakkuk would escape disaster, but it did mean he could accept it, and accept it with peace.  

But, that was not all, because the next question was where did Habakkuk fit into God’s sovereign plan? Would God remember him in the midst of destruction? Will he remember us? This brought Habakkuk to the second step: rejoicing in God’s salvation (vv. 17-18).

Habakkuk wrote, “Though the fig tree should not blossom and there be no fruit on the vines, though the yield of the olive should fail and the fields produce no food, though the flock should be cut off from the fold and there be no cattle in the stalls, yet I will exult in Yahweh, I will rejoice in the God of my salvation." (Hab 3:17-18) All that Judah relied upon for security would quickly vanish. But, Habakkuk had resolved in his heart not to place his trust and find his security and hope in any earthly savior. Habakkuk declared that even with everything stripped away he would rejoice in God his salvation.  

Even though all that provided physical sustenance and financial security would be destroyed, Habakkuk would lift up the Lord in his mind and heart, praising and rejoicing in Him, rather than dwelling on the material losses. Yahweh was his Savior, for Habakkuk knew He was the only Savior. And, this didn’t necessarily mean salvation from loss and ultimately death either. Like Job, Habakkuk knew and believed that “the righteous shall live by his faith” (Hab. 2:4) and that “though He slay me, yet I will trust in Him” (Job 13:15).  

Friends, we could lose everything. We could even lose our life. But, I pray that is not where our security lies. If God is our salvation in His Son Christ Jesus, then we have a living hope (1 Pet. 1:3). In Him, death is but a passage into that blessed hope, and it no longer has victory or a sting (1 Cor. 15:55-57). The heart that rejoices in Christ as its salvation can honestly say that to live is Christ and to die is gain (Phil. 1:21). When it comes to children of God in His sovereign plan, all things end with the greatest good of seeing our Savior face to face (Rom. 8:28-29; 1 Jn. 3:1-2) !

However, that still leaves another crucial question: what do I do about today? What would Habakkuk do in the meantime, when the horrors of war encircled him? Where do I find strength to go on when the peak of the pandemic is yet to hit America? This leads to step three: relying on God’s strength (v. 19).  

Habakkuk concluded, “The Lord Yahweh is my strength, and He has made my feet like hinds' feet, and makes me walk on my high places” (Hab 3:19). For Habakkuk, God was ultimately his salvation, but He was also his strength for every moment of life. God not only protected him, but He also empowered him to endure the hardships. God Himself was Habakkuk’s source of strength.  

But what is a hind? And, what is so important about its feet?  A hind is a type of deer, and Habakkuk paints this reality with amazing imagery. He says that God makes his feet like the feet of a deer, and enables him to walk upon the high places. The word for high places was often used of mountain peaks or astounding summits which were precarious and difficult to reach. The picture is that of a deer, whose predators are closing in on it, but whom God has given the perfect hooves to safely and carefully navigate the steep slopes, the sliding shale, and the rocky terrain to the topmost places of safety.

Friends, the predators don’t always go away, but God has given us everything we need to have strength in the midst of danger. He strengthens His children for exactly what they will face each day so that His power is shown gloriously in the midst of our weakness (2 Cor. 12:9). And, what I think is so remarkable is that the Lord strengthens us through very ordinary and unimpressive means. How so?  

Habakkuk chapter 3 begins with this introductory phrase, “A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet” (Hab. 3:1). And, the chapter ends in verse 19 with this phrase, “For the choir director, on my stringed instruments” (Hab. 3:19). This whole chapter with all its marvelous truth about God and His works was Habakkuk’s prayer and his song. We cannot worship and trust what we do not know, and we do not know what is not deeply embedded in our very souls. Nothing can replace the simple means of reading the Truth, praying the Truth, and singing the Truth. It is by these means that Habakkuk (and we) could rest in God’s sovereignty, rejoice in God’s salvation, and rely on God’s strength.  

Friend, what about you? Is His sovereignty your pillow right now? Is His salvation your melody and song? Is His strength your sustenance and energy? On one of his journeys to France as an American delegate, Benjamin Franklin met with two atheistic Frenchmen despairing over the state of the world. Franklin, having been moved by it himself, decided to recite Habakkuk 3:16-19 to the men. Upon hearing they said, “Who wrote this beautiful poem of such assurance?” Franklin went on to tell them it was from the Bible to their surprised dismay. Dear brothers and sisters, it is my prayer that this time has driven you to the Word, prayer, and song. And through it, no matter what may come, I pray you are resting, rejoicing, and relying upon Him. “For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to Him be the glory forever. Amen” (Rom. 11:36).

Hopefully, the lyrics below will help put a song in your heart as you contemplate the Lord, our salvation.

In Christ’s Love,
Matt Russell

The Lord Is My Salvation
The grace of God has reached for me
And pulled me from the raging sea
And I am safe on this solid ground
The Lord is my salvation

I will not fear when darkness falls
His strength will help me scale these walls
I'll see the dawn of the rising sun
The Lord is my salvation

Who is like the Lord our God
Strong to save faithful in love
My debt is paid and the victory won
The Lord is my salvation

My hope is hidden in the Lord
He flow'rs each promise of His Word
When winter fades I know spring will come
The Lord is my salvation

In times of waiting times of need
When I know loss when I am weak
I know His grace will renew these days
The Lord is my salvation

And when I reach the final day
He will not leave me in the grave
But I will rise He will call me home
The Lord is my salvation

Glory be to God the Father
Glory be to God the Son
Glory be to God the Spirit
The Lord is our salvation

The Lord Is My Salvation: written by Jonas Myrin, Keith Getty, Kristyn Getty, Nathan Nockels. © 2016 Capitol CMG Paragon, Son of the Lion, Getty Music Publishing, Sweater Weather Music.

March 26, 2020

Hello, this Pastor John Marc.

I have been using the One Year Bible Reading Plan for my daily Bible reading.  Printed copies of this plan were distributed at our church Information Counter at the beginning of the year. You can also access the reading list at oneyearbibleonline.com or through the YouVersion Bible app if you would like to read and keep track of your progress.

The reading for today, March 25, includes Proverbs 11:30, one of my favorite verses. “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he who is wise wins souls.” During these changing times of COVID-19 we certainly want to be wise.  At first glance it appears a man is wise because he wins souls. But it is important that the second part of the verse be read in light of the first part to arrive at the correct teaching of the verse: he wins souls because he is wise. In others words, there is a wise way of living, a righteous way of living, a fruitful way of living that is winsome. “My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples” (John 15:8).  In other words, the Lord will use the lives of sincere believers to draw others to faith in Christ, especially in our current circumstances.

This morning the sun rose and gave such beautiful and warm light into my room.  The sun does not speak audibly, yet as Psalm 19 reminds me, there is no speech or voice, yet each sunrise is telling us there is a wonderful Creator and gives us a glimpse of His glory. Thank God for the ministry of sun light and especially Son light!

Proverbs 11:30 reminds us the wise man is also light to those around him. His faith is alive, his character above reproach, his wisdom comes from God’s Word, and his love for others is sincere. He is a living argument for the good news of Jesus Christ.  His life is appealing, so that when he opens his mouth and says as Paul did in 2 Corinthians 5:20, “Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God” - the verbal appeal is matched with the appeal of a genuine, fruitful Christian life. We must say something, the gospel message must be communicated. Our faith rests on a clear message that leads to repentance and faith in Jesus Christ for salvation. But we must also live with faith, kindness, wisdom, love, patience, discernment, and courage so that the message is confirmed by the life of the messenger. “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he who is wise wins souls” Proverbs 11:30.

Father, may we each abide in Christ, our righteousness, and learn to live and love like Him.  May we keep our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, and by Your Spirit grow as a righteous tree and bear fruit that pleases You and blesses others.  Lord, may we be bold, courageous and clear in sharing the good news of the gospel with others, trusting that You will save souls for Your glory. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Pastor John Marc

March 19, 2020

March 16, 2020

Yesterday was the first livestream worship service in the history of our church.  If you did not get to watch it, go to our website www.cornerstoneca.org and click the box that says “CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE SUNDAY SERVICE.”  Jesse preached a great message from Romans 5:3-5 where God reveals four intended results of suffering so that we might rejoice in the midst of them.

Our government health officials have banned meetings of 50 people or more to try to slow the spread of the Coronavirus COVID-19.  In keeping with this mandate, and out of love for the elderly and those who are immune deficient, we will not have public ministry meetings at the church campus this week. All ministry meetings – the Biblical Counseling class, Youth Group, Men’s Ministry, Women’s Ministry meetings have been cancelled.

This morning in my Bible reading time I was reminded of how God sustains you and me. “He Himself gives all men life and breath and everything else.… for in Him we live and move and have our being,” Acts 17:25–28. He supplies our daily food (2 Corinthians 9:10). Our times are in His hands (Psalm 31:15). Every breath we breathe is a gift from God, every bite of food we eat is given to us from His hand, every day we live is determined by Him. He has not left us to our own devices, or the whims of nature, or the malevolent acts of other people. No! He constantly sustains, provides for and cares for us every moment of every day.

On Tuesday, March 10th, Paula and I had the blessing of visiting my parents in their retirement community in Maryland. On Wednesday, I came down with a cold (not Coronavirus as I had no fever or difficulty breathing). Realizing that I could not fly on an airplane blowing my nose and coughing, we postponed our flight home to today. By God’s grace I am feeling much better and Lord willing, we will arrive back in California this evening.

How can we have peace and comfort in the midst of delays, illness, suffering and death? One way Paula and I could rest in God this week was to remember what Jesus said in Matthew 10:29-31, “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father.… So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” According to Jesus, God does exercise His sovereignty in very minute events—even the life and death of a half cent sparrow. And Jesus’ whole point is: If God so exercises His sovereignty in regard to sparrows, most certainly He will exercise it in regard to His children.

If God controls the circumstances of the sparrow, how much more does He control the circumstances that affect us. God does not walk away and leave us to the mercy of uncontrolled random or chance events. He is God and I am not. He is in absolute control and does all things for His glory and our good.  I can trust Him, I will trust Him.

May this be a time for us, the Cornerstone family, to not only trust God for our circumstances, but to trust God in reaching out to those around us who need help and for those who don’t know Christ.  Each of us is a minister of good news and hope in our loving, sovereign heavenly Father.

You can email prayer requests to [email protected] or use the Prayer Request tab on the homepage of our church app.  If you need help getting essentials (groceries, medicine, etc.) please let us know so we can help.

We love you, thank the Lord for you, and are praying for you.
Trusting in Christ our Cornerstone,
Pastor John Marc for the Elders

March 14, 2020

Dear Cornerstone Family,

Public worship services for Sunday, March 15, have been cancelled.  We invite you to join us for church online at 8:45 and 10:45 am. The livestream is available through our website www.cornerstoneca.org

We are also postponing our Monday night biblical counseling class, Tuesday Men’s study. Wednesday Youth Group,  and Thursday Women’s studies. We will keep you updated as we get more information.

On a personal note, I want to thank you for your prayers for my visit with my parents.  Paula and I were able to spend a few days visiting them before the Maryland governor declared a state of emergency and shut all retirement/nursing homes to visitors due to the risk of Coronavirus. We thank the Lord for the time we had and the things we discussed!

This morning in my devotion time I read the following Scriptures that greatly encouraged me, as I hope they will encourage you:

Psalm 46:1-2a, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear.”

Romans 8:38-39, “For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

2 Timothy 1:7, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and love and discipline.”

What precious reminders from God’s Word that we serve a heavenly Father who is sovereign and intimately acquainted with all of our ways. He is our refuge and strength, and we do not need to live in fear but instead move forward with confident trust that God is working all things to His glory and our good.  In the midst of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns, I am praying that this will be a season in which many will come to saving faith in Jesus Christ.

During this challenging time we encourage you to FaceTime, video chat, text, and phone each other for encouragement and prayer.

If you have any questions or would like to speak to one of your elders, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.  If you need help getting essentials (groceries, medicine, etc.) please let us know so we can help.

We love you, thank the Lord for you, and are praying for you.
Trusting in Christ the Cornerstone,
Pastor John Marc for the Elders

March 12, 2020

Dear Cornerstone Family,

Amidst concerns surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19), we want to let you know how Cornerstone Community Church is responding. Our leadership team is carefully and continually monitoring this situation. We are committed to doing everything we can to provide a safe environment for our church family and surrounding community.
 
Is Cornerstone meeting for church this Sunday?
Yes, we will meet this Sunday. If at any point this changes, we will send out another church email immediately.
 
Are Cornerstone buildings open on weekdays?
Yes. At this time, Cornerstone buildings are open Monday through Thursday and the biblical counseling class, youth group, men’s and women’s studies continue as usual. We will continue to clean the church buildings and do all we can to keep a healthy environment. For more information on individual ministries and/or meetings, please contact your ministry leader.
 
Should people come to Cornerstone if they are feeling sick?
While we place a high priority on gathering together as the church for worship and other activities, if you are feeling sick or running a fever, the best way that you can love your neighbor is by staying home! If you need to stay home instead of coming to a Sunday service, we encourage you to listen to the sermon at cornerstoneca.org or through our church app.
 
What precautions can people take when they come to Cornerstone buildings?
We encourage everyone to take certain steps to protect themselves and others from the coronavirus, flu, and other illnesses, including:
  • Washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds;
  • Using hand sanitizer when soap and water is not available;
  • Not touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands;
  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick;
  • Staying home if you are sick;
  • Covering your cough or sneeze;
  • Disinfecting objects and surfaces regularly.

What precautions is Cornerstone taking to make church gatherings as safe as possible?
Cornerstone is taking extra cleaning precautions at this time. This includes:
  • Wiping down all common area touchpoints (e.g., doors, light switches, countertops, etc.) with an EPA certified disinfectant.
  • Placing hand sanitizers in common areas throughout the buildings.
  • Performing added in-depth cleaning of our facilities on a regular basis. In all of our children’s ministry rooms, our volunteers sterilize various surfaces used by our children. We will continue to follow our standard health protocols, not admitting any child with an elevated temperature (above 99.6 F). A child must also be fever free for 24 hours before coming into one of our children’s classrooms. You can help us by closely monitoring your children for any symptoms and being understanding if we feel we cannot accept your child into our programs due to health concerns.

In addition, we encourage everyone to take commonsense precautions and consider creative interactions (like elbow bumping instead of hand shaking!).
 
How can I better understand the Coronavirus (COVID-19)?
Coronavirus is a type of virus that causes respiratory illness — an infection of the airways and lungs. COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus. It is part of the same family of coronaviruses that includes the common cold. The coronavirus outbreak was first identified in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. Since then, the virus has spread to other countries.
 
The most common early symptoms appear between 2 and 14 days after infection. Symptoms can be mild to severe. They include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness. People with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention. Most people recover from the disease without needing special treatment.
 
HOW SHOULD I RESPOND SPIRITUALLY TO THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)?
The coronavirus (COVID-19) is yet one more reminder that we live in a fallen world of sickness, sin, suffering, and death. Ultimately, none of us are immune to any of these things. But that’s why the gospel is such good news. God has not left us alone in this world of sickness, sin, suffering, and death. He has come to us in the person of Jesus. The greatest news in all the world is that Jesus lived a life with no sin, died on a cross to pay the price for our sin, and rose from the grave in victory over sin and death. Now those who turns from their sin and trust in Jesus will be forgiven of all their sin, credited with Christ’s righteousness and adopted as a child of God. That means that through Jesus, we never have to fear sickness or death because we know we have eternal life with God.
 
If you do not know that you have eternal life with God, we implore you to put your faith in Jesus. And if you do know that you have eternal life with God, we urge you to share your faith in Jesus with others. Times like these remind us all of the fragility of life and the inevitability of death. So, let’s spread the greatest news that death has been defeated and eternal life is available to all who trust in Jesus.
 
In addition to trusting in Jesus and sharing about Jesus with others, here’s some other ways you can respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19):
  • Trust in God as the good and sovereign Creator and Sustainer of life upon whom we all depend.
  • Pray for mercy for the sick, strength for doctors, insight for researchers, and wisdom for officials.
  • Look for opportunities to love and care for others, whether they are sick, isolated, marginalized, poor, or oppressed.
  • Even if we are unable to gather at certain times, stay closely connected to the church family through phone calls, email, and texts. Gather with smaller groups and participate in worship when appropriate.  If you cannot attend on Sunday then listen to the sermon online.
  • Continue to faithfully give financial offerings. There are three ways to give:
       1.     Online at on the GIVE tab at the top of the page.
       2.     Through the Cornerstone Atascadero app found in the Apple, Google and Amazon app stores. Click on the Give tab on the bottom right of the home page.
       3.     Or mail your check to 7920 Santa Rosa Road, Atascadero, CA 93422.

“In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus!”  - 1 Thessalonians 5:18