Good Morning Madison Family-

I hope this day finds you well. “Truly the light is sweet, And it is pleasant for the eyes to behold the sun” Ecclesiastes 11:7  I hope you are able to spend some time outside today.  As you are sitting outside, take a moment to call a friend you have not talked to in the last couple of weeks.  It will do you and them good.

Madison Happenings:

  • Thank you to Aubrey Miller, the Red Cross Staff, and all of those who came out for the blood drive on Sunday.  We actually had to turn people away.  What an amazing problem!!
  • Terry Ashley and his team of volunteers continue to serve our community.  Thank you so much for all you are doing.  As a reminder, the Benevolence Center is open Monday-Wednesday and Friday from 8:30-11:30 on a drive up basis
  • Remember, if you need someone to pick up some groceries for you, please call the church 615-868-3360.
  • Our 412 Student Ministries and His Kidz Staffs continue to Live Stream on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 and Sunday mornings at 10:15 for His Kidz and 10:30 for 412 Student Ministries
  • Beginning next Wednesday, we will have an Adult Message.   More details coming.
  • The Live Stream will begin again this Sunday at 9:00am.  Join us!

Below is a message from Elder Tommy Cothron:

I hope everyone is staying safe and doing well (considering the circumstances).

The last few weeks have been full of unprecedented changes in our lives. I just wanted to pass along some things I’ve been reading this week in my devotionals:

This will pass. The Bible tells us there will be trials. First Peter 4:12 says, “Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange was happening to you” (NIV). These are tough times, but they won’t last forever.

We need to do what the health professionals recommend. We need to take the common-sense actions that will decrease the spread of this virus. We won’t need to make these changes forever. Our church will gather again before too long

Focus on what’s unchanging not what is changing. It’s probably safe to say we don’t even yet know all the changes this pandemic will have on us and our community. Be flexible, but remember what hasn’t changed.

The Bible says, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8 NIV). In the midst of all this change, you can count on that truth. You can also know that God’s love for you and your community has never changed. God’s call on your life hasn’t changed. Don’t let all the changes make you lose sight of everything that is still the same.

God will go through it with you. This virus didn’t surprise God. He will walk through every bit of it with us. You may feel alone at times. But you will never be alone.

I encourage you to remind yourself of Isaiah 43:2 during this time: “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze” (NIV). Focus on that truth and not all the noise on the Internet and TV right now. It will replace your worry with worship.

This is not the end of the story. The Bible says, “We are hard-pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair;” (2 Corinthians 4:8 NIV).

We don’t know what the future holds, but we do know WHO holds it.

God wants to use our church to help others. I know our church is going through an incredible challenge right now. But God doesn’t want to just take our church through this crisis. He doesn’t just want our church to survive during this period. He wants it to thrive. This is the difference between how we deal with pain as believers and how the world does. The church sees every need in the world as an open door for ministry.

I’m praying our church will start new ministries out of these difficult days. Today you don’t even know the kinds of challenges your community will face, but God does. This will be an opportunity for our church to shine.

Jesus himself reminds us that “all the powers of hell will not conquer” the church (Matthew 16:18 NIV). Rest in that truth.

Please let us know if anyone has any needs that we can help with or just keep us updated on how things are going with you.

I look forward to when we gather again as a church family.  As the saying goes, “Absence makes the heart grow fonder”.  If that’s so, we’re going to be really happy to see each other again.  Until then…..God bless!