“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” —Philippians 4:6-7
While we wrote this for the CenterPoint Family, I hope this is helpful for you, wherever you are. —Bill
Fear is one of the enemy’s most popular weapons he uses against us. If he can inject worry, anxiety, and fear into our lives, we can forget that our Heavenly Father loves us and always has his best in mind for us. Paul the Apostle told us that God’s peace would carry us through the difficult times. In other words, you can either 1) pray or 2) worry, but you can’t do both at the same time!
Let’s be honest…it’s not always easy to replace fear with faith, especially in uncertain times. It comes down to a choice: Will I allow fear and anxiety to control my life, or will I choose to guard my heart and focus my mind on what is true?
We may not be in control, but we can trust the One who is.
We may not know the future, but we know the God who has already written it.
With the current fear surrounding the recent COVID-19 outbreak, I thought you would like to know that your leaders at CenterPoint are praying for you and working to ensure your safety. Conferring with friends who are medical professionals, they assure me that the panic sweeping the world is not based on fact, but upon fear. Is there a danger? Of course. But not at the level of attention being given to it. Don’t allow the drama-driven news cycle to stoke panic in your heart! Stay informed and aware, but reject the fearmongering.
For up-to-date information relating specifically to the spread of COVID-19, you can visit the Pierce County Health Department website: https://www.tpchd.org/healthy-people/human-coronavirus.
That being said, we’re working to make CenterPoint an even safer place to hear the life-changing message of Jesus Christ. We have recently made hand sanitation gel available in the lobby, and have installed hand sanitizing stations throughout the church building. We encourage you to use them. In addition, as a precaution, we will cancel any food-related events for the time being. We also encourage and expect all our members to practice good personal health habits and take any necessary precautions out of love for each other. Wash your hands for 20 seconds. Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue. Get the proper amount of rest, nutrition, and fluids when at home. Keep your mobile devices and other surfaces clean, and regularly disinfect them. If you begin to feel sick, please notify your healthcare provider and avoid going out in public, so as not to potentially infect others. And definitely let us know, so that we can pray for you.
If an outbreak occurs in Pierce County, we will find a creative alternative to offer worship services, small groups, prayer, and fellowship through the internet. We have had audio available for years and, if necessary, we could stream the entire service online in real time.
Finally, a charge: when you read the early history of the Church you discover that it followed in the footsteps of the Lord Jesus, who cared for the sick and hurting. His example of compassion has carried the Church through centuries of sickness, suffering, and poverty. History describes how followers of Jesus—at risk to their own lives—have cared for sick and dying people during extreme epidemic and pandemic conditions. We have an opportunity to take his words seriously when he said, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another” (John 13:34-35).
May that be our heart’s cry as we find ways to serve Tacoma, our community and the world during this time of fear and uncertainty.
Praying for God’s grace and peace to you.