Sunday, June 28th, 2020

Outdoor Service Continues

There will be two canopy tents, each located on the east and west side of the parking lot close to the building. Chairs will be set up so that people can practice social distancing and be safe. As always you can stay in your vehicle if you so desire.

Covid Treatment and Christ

Growing up, I was fascinated with science fiction stories. Every month when a new science magazine came out, I excitedly turned to the section on new innovations and inventions. Often there would be stories and pictures of cars that could turn into submarines, trains that traveled very fast and rocket packs for people to wear.

Well, there’s a new advancement in medical science that sounds like a modern science fiction story regarding the treatment of the coronavirus. On June 25th, 2020, Julie Borg wrote an article for World Magazine entitled, “A different kind of shot in the arm against COVID-19.”

In the article Borg reveals that some medical companies are working on a new technique where they take the antibodies from someone who survived COVID-19 and inject that person’s DNA into the arm of a patient. That DNA would then give instructions to the muscles to make more antibodies to fight COVID-19. The hope is that this strategy would shorten the life of the disease, lessen the severity or make the patient immune to it.

Now what’s really in the science fiction arena is that there’s talk of using a gene gun which would give an electric shock to the patient allowing the muscle cells to open briefly. This would allow more of the DNA to be absorbed.

In the Bible, we read how another person’s life brings about good things in the lives of others. In Romans 3:21-22, the apostle Paul says, “ 21 But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. 22 This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentiles.

What Paul is sharing is that God imputes (gives credit to someone) His righteousness. It is given to those who put their faith in Jesus. John Piper helps us understand the significance of this when he writes, “Faith is what unites us with Christ and all that God is for us in him. When God sees (our) faith in Christ, he sees union with Christ. And when he sees union with Christ, he sees the righteousness of Christ as our righteousness. So faith connects us with Christ who is our righteousness and, in that sense, (our) faith is counted as righteousness.”

Isn’t that Good News! When we put our faith in Jesus as Lord and Savior, God imputes his righteousness upon us. When Martin Luther understood the idea of having the righteousness of Christ through faith, he said, “it was like entering a paradise of peace with God.” All of this happened because Christ who knew no sin went to the cross and died a death which removed all your sins and allowed you to become righteous. Thank God for his wonderful work.


Pastor Tom