Letters from Neil | April 4th, 2020

May 31, 2020  |  Redemption AZ

April 4, 2020

Good morning Salties,

Yesterday was a difficult day. Since early Thursday I’ve been trying to access the banks application for a Payroll Protection Program loan for the church. It is an incredible program funded by the SBA and will be a great help to the church in our desire to keep staff on the payroll. The demand for the funds will be greater than the supply and the banks are overwhelmed so it’s important to get in the queue as early as possible. I’m still waiting for the final details as to what will be required to complete the application process. Please pray for all the employers, the banks and the Small Business Administration. Well now that I’ve gotten that off my chest back to Genesis 5.

Yesterday I mentioned that one of the phrases found throughout chapter 5 is “and he died”. Moses uses that phrase eight times for everyone but Enoch the father of Methuselah and great grandfather of Noah. As I shared last week, Enoch walked with God is a figurative term meaning a slow and steady progress in a forward direction. It implies going in the same direction. Enoch was going in the same direction as God. It also means keeping up with the other. You can’t walk with someone if you’re out in front or behind them. Kate and I have been taking a daily walk, she’s a fast walker so I’ve got to hustle and stretch myself if I want to keep up with her. Staying in step with God means we’re dependent on Him and His Word. We count on His Spirit and His Word to keep us from stumbling or falling behind. Yet it also means we must stretch ourselves as we venture to follow Him, not satisfied with the status quo but striving to “grow in the grace and the knowledge of Lord and Savior Jesus” (2 Peter 3:18). We don’t want to be stagnant in this unsettling time but rather continuing to grow in our knowledge of and love for God.

Let’s plan to watch the worship and message on the Lord’s prayer when it becomes available tonight or tomorrow so we can continue that growth even as we are unable to physically walk together every Thursday afternoon. I will send you the link.

Much Love in Him, Neil