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FRONT PAGE  |  6/3/2020
FRIDAY, APR 3, 2020  |  13 comments
Texas Governor Abbott Deems Religious Services “Essential” in the State
DailyCaller reports as authorities arrest pastors for holding Sunday services in defiance of social distancing orders, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced Tuesday that religious services are to be considered essential in his state.

Abbott issued an executive order relating to state-wide continuity of essential services and activities during the coronavirus pandemic. The order mandated that all Texans will minimize social gatherings and in-person contact with people who are not in the same household, and, among other statutes, clarified that religious services conducted in churches, congregations and houses of worship are to be considered essential services. ...


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News Item4/3/2020 8:21 PM
NeedHim  Find all comments by NeedHim
A good reminder; David Platt; True belief in both heaven & hell radically changes the way we live on earth. We are encouraged by the hope of heaven, & we are compelled by the horror of hell. We know that this world isn’t all that exists. We know that every person on the planet is only here for a brief moment, & an eternity lies ahead of us all – an eternity that is either filled with ever-increasing delight or never-ending damnation.

Good reminder to paste on the door leading to the Basement of Lincoln. &!others who have a created a false God to their their own liking!

Jonathan Edwards said that the reason we find hell so offensive is because of our insensitivity to sin.

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News Item4/3/2020 4:12 PM
Mike | New York  Find all comments by Mike
Jim Lincoln wrote:
Texas Governor Abbott Deems Religious Services “Essential”... for his re-election
Two real reasons you don't like him:

1. He's a Republican.

2. He issued an order last month that suspends non-emergency, elective surgeries, in order to free up hospital beds for COVID-19 patients. Of course, that includes abortion, which you seem fond of supporting.

btw, many hospitals are postponing electives anyway, so it's not a Republican thing. Abortions are just not that necessary.

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News Item4/3/2020 3:49 PM
Humble One | Humble, OK  Find all comments by Humble One
I think the distancing rule will work in several churches, where attendance is so low that people can be assigned seats already marked to be 6 feet apart.
I read that 85 percent of all US churches have attendance of less than 100.
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News Item4/3/2020 3:30 PM
Jim Lincoln | Nebraska  Find all comments by Jim Lincoln
Texas Governor Abbott Deems Religious Services “Essential”... for his re-election
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News Item4/3/2020 2:27 PM
Anony | Wicked World  Find all comments by Anony
And to think I am in the process of moving there May 1st due to a job transfer. It was put off for a couple of months but it is of necessity I be there May 1st.

Does he not understand that God is looking for true worshipers who will worship him in Spirit and truth (John 4). We don't need to go to a specific place to worship. Two and three can gather in the name of the Lord via telecon, etc. in these days. We don't need to go to housetops (Mat 13:15), or in the desert. Jesus is omnipresent. God gave us doctors, scientists, civil leaders, etc. to do his will and keep order.
By the way,I truly believe that when we lift sanctions against Russia, we'll see the sudden introduction of a "miracle" cure. Our economy just might get back on track. So will Russia's.

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News Item4/3/2020 2:27 PM
Anony | Wicked World  Find all comments by Anony
And to think I am in the process of moving there May 1st due to a job transfer. It was put off for a couple of months but it is of necessity I be there May 1st.

Does he not understand that God is looking for true worshipers who will worship him in Spirit and truth (John 4). We don't need to go to a specific place to worship. Two and three can gather in the name of the Lord via telecon, etc. in these days. We don't need to go to housetops (Mat 13:15), or in the desert. Jesus is omnipresent. God gave us doctors, scientists, civil leaders, etc. to do his will and keep order.
By the way,I truly believe that when we lift sanctions against Russia, we'll see the sudden introduction of a "miracle" cure. Our economy just might get back on track. So will Russia's.

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News Item4/3/2020 10:06 AM
Jim Lincoln | Nebraska  Find all comments by Jim Lincoln
John UK wrote:
I expect the governor, being Catholic, is hoping that all those pesky Protestant denominations will get wiped out by encouraging them to self-destruct by their own hand.
And secretly, he is informing all Catholic churches to play it safe, until the coronavirus has run its course.
And behold, I awoke, and it was all a dream.
Most Catholic churches are playing it safe around the United States, John
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News Item4/3/2020 9:38 AM
JamesC | So Cal  Find all comments by JamesC
“When the ban on such public gatherings was lifted (due to the Spanish Flu), Francis J. Grimké, pastor of the Fifteenth Presbyterian Church, delivered a discourse on November 3, 1918 in which he offered his thoughts about the situation, which was published soon after under the title Some Reflections, Growing Out of the Recent Epidemic of Influenza That Afflicted Our City: A Discourse. “

https://www.logcollegepress.com/blog/2020/3/13/reflections-by-francis-j-grimk-on-the-1918-spanish-flu

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News Item4/3/2020 9:29 AM
Carl in Asheville | North Carolina  Contact via emailFind all comments by Carl in Asheville
2Ti 2:19 HCSB-r Nevertheless, God's solid foundation stands firm, having this inscription: The Lord knows those who are His, and Everyone who names the name of the Lord must turn away from unrighteousness.

Who can quibble with "Essential"? It is the right word to use in this situation.

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News Item4/3/2020 8:37 AM
John UK  Find all comments by John UK
I expect the governor, being Catholic, is hoping that all those pesky Protestant denominations will get wiped out by encouraging them to self-destruct by their own hand.

And secretly, he is informing all Catholic churches to play it safe, until the coronavirus has run its course.

And behold, I awoke, and it was all a dream.

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News Item4/3/2020 7:55 AM
HerbalMama  Find all comments by HerbalMama
This news makes me want to shout a big 'ol yeehaw! And, yes,Nick, hopefully others follow suit.
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News Item4/3/2020 7:52 AM
Nick | USA  Find all comments by Nick
I hope other state Governors follow his example. If ever churches need to be able to meet, it's in a time of crisis. Hebrews 10:25
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News Item4/3/2020 3:46 AM
Jim Lincoln | Nebraska  Find all comments by Jim Lincoln
Molly Walsh wrote:
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In a March 24 Facebook video, Layna Showalter LoCascio, the wife of Pastor Anthony LoCascio, confirmed numerous people were diagnosed with the coronavirus after attending services....
excerpt from,"10 Test Positive for Coronavirus After Suburban Church Service, Pastor Says"

https://tinyurl.com/r3tttsd

Jamieson Fausset and Brown Bible commentary wrote:
  7. Jesus said unto him, It is written again— (De 6:16), as if he should say, "True, it is so written, and on that promise I implicitly rely; but in using it there is another Scripture which must not be forgotten."
      Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God—"Preservation in danger is divinely pledged: shall I then create danger, either to put the promised security skeptically to the proof, or wantonly to demand a display of it? That were 'to tempt the Lord my God,' which, being expressly forbidden, would forfeit the right to expect preservation."
from,"Matthew 4:7"
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