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COVID-19 What is Essential? Who Decides?

Don Mackintosh
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Pastor Don Mackintosh, Pastor of the Weimar Campus Church, discusses how the COVID pandemic has defined who is and is not essential in society. But who is essential in God's eye. That is the most important Question.


Don Mackintosh

Chaplain/Pastor - Weimar Institute

Director - Newstart Global/the HEALTH Program (Health, Evangelism, & Leadership Training)


  • April 25, 2020
    3:45 PM
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Today we're going to talk about we're going to talk about is sensual services essential services you know during this last several weeks maybe 68 weeks there's been a lot said about what's essential So while you're essential because the state of California says that you and the team of Levites here is essential to their lives or religious services there are some places. Where that's not being set but it's being stabbed in the state of California was allows us to worship still over the Internet and have a skeleton crew here so you are essential Don't forget that then also I saw. As I was looking that farm workers those who are growing food are essential that a bunch of signs up and they said You are essential and their body is waving to them and of course we can't forget health care workers they are essential now athletes. Not so much. Not essential. Interestingly enough they say liquor stores and marijuana dispensaries are is essential I don't understand that. I knew though that the Bible talks about getting high but God is most I am against a man that I think if they could go to to get liquor they should be able to come to church but I'm not I'm not in charge of those decisions. We need to be drunk in the spirit we need to walk in the Lord a man so I want to talk today about is sensual versus non essential How do I turn a son so I can see if there's anybody chatting Does anyone want to do that you know to do this room. Even trying to put on a sign for me I have one of my technological Levites work on it so I can see if you're saying anything Ok essential versus nonessential So I hope this is coming up on the screen now is sensual versus non essential Ok basically what I want to tell you today is that you whoever is watching you are essential to guide your essential to God Now how do I know this or going to look at in our brain develops into day number one you are always on God's mind that's what the Bible says the Bible is a set of text messages where he has texted you and it says when Psalm 8 verse 45 What is man that you are mindful of him so he he thinks about you by the way perhaps perhaps we should just pray and by the Lord to be with us here to let him know that we're on his My father never blesses as we open your word and your spirit in Christ's name Amen so you're always on his mind what is man that you are mindful of him it says it's all me he has crowd on him that is you with glory and honor he he he is thinking about you Hebrews 725 says he ever lives to make intercession for you so he's praying for you this morning he's praying for you me he prays without ceasing and in fact I like this text in John Chapter 17 and verse 24 he says I Would that they be with me where I am you know he believes that you are essential to him and we think that's a process that. That God is thinking about you all the wonder of it all that God loves me that Jesus loves me just saying that this morning is why we sang that song because that's what the Bible teaches Number 2 you are His child you are in fact his relatives he says I'm not ashamed to call them my brothers and it also says that in Acts 172829 we are his offspring created in His image and then in Genesis one he said Let Us make man in our image and 2nd Corinthians 6 verse 18 he says that we are sons and daughters of God you not ashamed of us I'm going to have ever been out with your family and they got ashamed of you and acted like maybe they weren't related to you know sometimes my children do this you know I'm out and I'll be saying things to doing things and they don't want to act like they're related to me. I know once I was in the mall and they they wanted to buy some things in the mall the mall is not open anymore and you thankful and that is not essential Kate he's a man out there I mean I'm rejoicing a little bit in that but anyway we were in the mall and one of them wanted something I won't I won't say who was which means they're watching I might they might not ever associate with me again they might be ashamed of me forever but I was in the mall with them and they wanted something and I said no you can't get it. And they didn't like that so I started to sing that song that I learned from Dr Nelly I don't like it I don't like it it's Ok it's Ok I can stand it anyway and then I had this you know I was kind of humming it and they kind of gave me the look and when they gave me a look I felt like you know since I'm already asa size in the family I might as well sing a little louder and try to say a little I don't like it and then they really really were saying amazed I began running away from me but Jesus does not do that is not a same they call us brothers and sisters can you say man this morning out there it's a blessing All right we're going to have to text me folks I can see your chair here I don't know we can't seem to get up work in here so he provides Number 3 he provides for your needs you see the picture there have Jesus feeding the 5000 he provides also the Sun He provides the rain here abides fruitful seasons and food and gladness So you know it's been said that Bill Gates with all of his money or the richest man in the world I'm not sure if it's him anymore but I think it's probably up there in the top 5 and maybe the top 2 he could not even feed the birds for one day if you said Bill you know we're going to send you the bill defeat all the birds couldn't do it he'd be bankrupt but God provides the sun and the rain the fruitful seasons any provide food for every creature hallelujah hallelujah you know I provide food because you are essential your essential he wants to support you with life giving sun and rain and food and of course gladness Well let's keep going. Here essential for these 3 reasons we've already seen is there more oh yes you know that you're essential because he sacrificed his own son he sacrificed indeed himself God was in Christ reconciling the world to himself he gave himself to save you for God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth of the Nam That whosoever I love that text whosoever you know that text is John 3 and whosoever talking in John Chapter 3 about naked Demas a naked image came to him in the middle of the night he was in the top percentage of the Paris easy was in the top 2 percent of the entire nation he was connected and he was educated and he came to Jesus in the middle and he said whosoever believes. And so your essential make it a miss even though you're a little confused you're essential but then in the very next chapter it says in chapter 4 verse one that he had he had a need to go through Samir you don't have to go through Samaritan to go where he was going but he had a need to go through the because there was a lady there who he said was essential and he saw her in his mind's eye and he realized she was filling an essential she felt like she had messed everything up she was an outcast he came in the middle of the day to the well because he felt like she was not liked by the other women which probably she wasn't and she was made to fill an essential but Jesus Cain and that text applies to her as well she came in the middle of the day and nicotine is came in the middle of the night and right of the middle he says Whosoever believe in me so not perish but have everlasting life he doesn't want you to Paris Paris is not the 1st death it's the 2nd death he doesn't want you to Paris because he wants you to be with him he wants to live with him forever because you are in a sense old to guy what a wonderful thought that he would do that he gave his one and only son and we are reconciled to the death of his son anything we've done wrong he can make it right because he sees that we are essential and he has loved us for us John 14 and given Himself for us and sent his Son to be the pro pca sin that is the satisfaction that is the payment or penalty a gave himself as a ransom for our sins not only that number 5. You are so essential that he has a book he has a book was like this one up maybe it has a book look it up in a couple places they have only one text there on the screen let's look it up in Philippians Let's look in Philippians and in the book of Philippians Galatians if Eden's and Philippians go I have here a little we have relations it feeds in Philippians and chapter 4 there for my beloved and long for brethren what be love it and what longed for brother another was there essential my joy and my crown so stand fast in the Lord beloved and I am put implore you Dia and so think they to be of the same mind in the Lord and a little variance why I use your I urge you also to companion and help these women who have labored with me in the gospel of cologne meant also and the rest of my fellow workers whose names are what does it say in the Book of Life Man how many Why how many one have that confidence and assurance that your name is in the Book of Life Wow I mean thankful that he actually has a book of life and your name and they can know that they know their name is written in the book of life and he says right answer then rejoice in the Lord always and again I say rejoice you can rejoice because you are a sense of the gut he's done everything to save you He sacrificed himself he's not the same to call your brother in and he wants you to be in the book of life and finally or next to finally pretty close to the end here in our short devotion he. Thank you so essential that he has gone into the heavenly places to prepare a place for you has your name on it it has it's all it's built just for use Arlo and as Exactly. I don't know if you're I don't know what what you look like in heaven but he knows exactly you're going to be known even as you know and I'm going to change I'm going to be able to recognize that your family is going to be able to recognize a he knows who you are and he as a man says when you show us mass in I'll get here since I go to prepare a place for you and if I go I will come again and receive you unto myself that where I am there you may be also John 1724 I would that they be with me where I am Wow essential to God Oh but you are this warms my heart I am preparing a place for you I will come again and receive you unto myself and then planted the last one the last one on our sword devotional so we can get into our prayer time at 830 right across 830 we have a zoom call cell for almost on time here number 7 he greatly values you and let's look at this text together in Matthew Chapter 10 look at this wonderful text Matthew Chapter 10 Matthew 1029 on are not 2 sparrows sold for a copper coin and that one of them falls to the ground apart from your father's will now why were they selling those sparrows you can see there that there is the there is the sanctuary there and some people were so poor that they could only bring sparrows for the sacrificial offering. And he says are not one of them that falls to the ground apart from your father's will but the very hairs of your head are all the bird do not fear therefore for you are of more value than the sparrows you know is where every sparrow sell he feeds the birds the clothes he clothes the flowers. He sees them as essential but he even sees you as much more sense you are you are not of more value. Than this perils you know I don't know where you are watching this morning you might be languishing in a hospital bed gasping for breath. God is providing resurrection power. Is not the end. If you've accepted him. May have to rest a while. With his eyes on Sparrow. And I know he watches you. Maybe you are. Feeling lonely. Maybe you're feeling. Not worthwhile in this throwaway time period where people who have various medical conditions are told. We're not going to give you a priority if you come to the hospital. We're not going to do that. Because there's other people. That are more valuable. You are essential to him. He's done everything for you. He came he lived he gaiety rose again. Why not give your heart. To the one. Who broke his heart. For you. Let's pray to God Father in heaven. Thank you. Let your eyes on the sparrow in that you want to. Was us throughout the rest of this you're always have a good. Right name we write. This media was brought to you by audio press a website dedicated to spreading God's word through free sermon audio and much more if you would like to know more about audio verse or if you would like to listen to more sermon or leave a visit w.w.w. dot audio Verse dot org.


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