Today is a momentous day. It is January 20, 2021 and if we look at it as we do in America it is a palindrome date that can be read the same forward and backward - 1-20-21! The Farmers' Almanac notes that this is the very first Inauguration Day in American history that falls on a palindrome date. The next time that an Inauguration will happen on a palindrome date, we will be long gone because it won't be until January 20, 3021 (or 1-20-3021). That's 1000 years from now!!
I know for a fact that the President who was inaugurated today won't be around in 1000 years. And the President that left today won't be around in 1000 years. We humans are funny. We put our faith and hope so many times in people and things. We look to a leader to bring us safety and security and peace. But all of our leaders can't guarantee life. They can't guarantee peace. No, only the Leader of Creation, who WILL be around in 1000 years can guarantee life and peace.
Though we "crowned" a new President today, God is still on the throne and He will never be shaken. May the next Inauguration Day palindrome date be one we will all remember while celebrating in God's Kingdom!
To God be the Glory alone!
Dear DBC Family,
Thank you all so very much for being willing to be flexible this past Sunday. It is good to be able to worship in-person again at the Chapel this week. Andrew will be giving a Communion thought and I will be speaking about the Letter to the Church in Philadelphia (which is in modern-day Turkey, not the US city). The kids will be downstairs with Mr. Chuck once again for Youth for the Lord.
If you are unable to worship in person, we will have the service live-streaming on around 10:45am and also transmitting the service on FM 105.3 (if you would like to come to the parking lot and worship).
Dear DBC Family,
Thank you all so very much for being willing to be flexible this Sunday as we worship Online instead of in the Chapel. As leaders, it is challenging to make wise and God-honoring decisions when there are so many distinct viewpoints and feelings.
If you go to our website’s streaming page (here), you will find our service. After a Welcome, Chuck gives a Communion thought and I share a message on the Letter to the Church in Sardis from Revelation 3:1-6.
May God bless you this Sunday and above all be blessed by our worship to Him.
Dear DBC family,
This past year, yesterday included, has once again shown us how life can change at a moment's notice. Regardless on where you stand on the MANY things that we all had to deal with the past 13 months, I know that you can agree that life is fragile. This is why in Scripture God reminds us over and over again that this world is not our home and that we are citizens of His kingdom. My prayer for this year is that we can each commit 100% to live as citizens of heaven, not tossed about by everything that happens around us. I want people to be able to look at us and say, "They KNOW Jesus."
IMPORTANT: The elders have recently learned of several folks with Covid Positive and symptoms within the congregation. After prayer and much consideration by the elders and due to the possibility of some Covid symptoms circulating within the Chapel, we are moving our service for this Sunday January 10th to Online Only. We are very saddened that we have to take this step, but believe it is the best step at this time. I will post the links for the service on Saturday. In addition, Mr. Chuck will be recording a Youth for the Lord lesson and will upload it.
Hello DBC Family,
Most of you probably received the Emergency Alert message on Thursday at 10am from the governor, requesting Alaskans to be help each other stay healthy. While he asked everyone to be willing to shift their plans and mentalities and be willing to think of others, as believers, we should always be thinking of and treating others as we do ourselves. Denali has been attempting to run with the best health practices, while also remaining open to as many folks as possible. The elders have discussed and prayed about how to proceed and we believe that what is needed is better resolve in following our guidelines at the Chapel. As the weeks and months have worn on, many of us have become more lax in our gathering together.
The requests that the governor is making is actually what we are already doing as a Chapel and we believe that we are respecting the governor in keeping our standards the same. All five of us elders are incredibly thankful that God is continuing to allow us to meet together in person to worship. Many, many churches in the States are either being shutdown from meeting or meeting while living with fines and legal battles.
For our service tomorrow, I will be speaking on the church of Thyatira from Revelation 2:18-29 and Jared will be giving the communion message. If you are unable to worship in person, we will be live-streaming the worship service on our website (livestream begins right after the welcome and prayer time since we don’t want private conversations to become public worldwide) and also transmitting it on FM 105.3 (if you would like to come to the parking lot and worship).
Hello DBC Family,
Winter Storm Warning! Doesn’t that just sound like a major headline? As I am writing this email, I am assuming that the roads will be passable for all of us to be able to worship in-person (but check your emails, Facebook or our website just in case tomorrow morning). I will be speaking on Compromise, and not the good kind of compromise. As humans, we have to compromise a lot in our everyday lives, but when is it wrong to compromise? Is it ok to bend our morals in order to fit the situation? Those are the questions we will be wrestling with tomorrow.
If you are unable to worship in person, we will be live-streaming the worship service on our website (livestream begins right after the welcome and prayer time) and Vimeo and also transmitting it on FM 105.3 (if you would like to come to the parking lot and worship).
Order of Service at the Chapel:
Welcome and Prayer: Ivan
Song: The Solid Rock
Song: Your Grace Still Amazes Me
Song: Let There Be Glory and Honor and Praises
Song: Living Hope
Message: Compromise, Ivan
Song: I Will Change Your Name
We take turns writing when God gives us an idea. The author will be noted.