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The Good News of the Community of the Spirit

God is the First Community, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and the Bible is the story of God’s Community on earth. 

The Trinity indicates the fundamental truth of the universe is community.  Before God created anything, He was a community of love.

From the opening of God’s revelation to humankind, God communicated the relationality of His creation. 

26 Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

27 So God created man in his own image,
    in the image of God he created him;
    male and female he created them.

Genesis 1:26-27

We see relational tones throughout this revelation.

  • Let us.  Vs. 26
  • Make man in our image. Vs. 26
  • Have dominion over.  Vs. 26
  • God blessed them.  Vs. 28
  • Be fruitful and multiply. Vs. 28

God’s impartation of His relationality is powerfully seen in Genesis 2:18.

18 Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.” 

God creates a second component of His new community on earth, Eve.  Genesis 2:22-23

22 And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man. 23 Then the man said,

“This at last is bone of my bones
    and flesh of my flesh;
she shall be called Woman,
    because she was taken out of Man.”

God directs Adam and Eve to form the third component of His three-component community.

24 Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.

God is the First Community, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and the Bible is the story of God’s Community on earth.

This social nature of God and His creation is a focus of scientific minds in the discipline known as sociology.

Sociology is a study of society, patterns of social relationships, social interaction and culture of everyday life.  Wikipedia.

From the beginning of time, God has been directing patterns of social relationships and social interactions.

Let’s reflect upon God’s revealed guidance for social relationships and social interactions of the globally famous “Ten Commandments.”  Exodus 20

  1. You shall have no other God’s before me. 
  2. You shall not make for yourself a carved image.
  3. You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.
  4. Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
  5. Honor your father and mother.
  6. You shall not murder.
  7. You shall not commit adultery.
  8. You shall not steal.
  9. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
  10. You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife or servants or ox or donkey or anything that is your neighbor’s.

God is the First Community, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and the Bible is the story of God’s Community on earth. 

At the coming of the Holy Spirit in Acts 2, God created an entirely new community. 

One of the purposes of the Holy Spirit outpouring is to create God’s new community on earth, “The Community of the Spirit.”

From the day of the Spirit’s outpouring, God’s “Community of the Spirit” began new, fresh and life-giving patterns of social relationships and social interaction.  Acts 2:42-47

42 And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. 43 And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. 44 And all who believed were together and had all things in common. 45 And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. 46 And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, 47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.

Their social relationships and social interactions were:

  1. Devoted to the apostles’ teaching. Vs. 42
  2. Devoted to the fellowship (social group).  Vs. 42
  3. Devoted to Holy Communion.  Vs. 42
  4. All who believed were together.  Vs. 44
  5. And had all things in common.  Vs. 44
  6. Selling then distributing the proceeds as the “Community of the Spirit” had need.  Vs. 45
  7. They connected with the “Community of the Spirit” every day.  Vs. 46
  8. Went to the temple and went to each other’s homes.  Vs. 46
  9. Received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God.  Vs. 46

The Community of the Spirit is so perfectly aligned with the nature of God’s human creation that people were added to His new community every day.  Vs. 47

Let’s end our teaching time together with thinking about The Community of the Spirit and the social isolation of our world today.

  1. It is not good for humans to be alone.  Find ways to connect with people AND keep the appropriate spacing. 

Social distancing, YES!  Relational distancing, NO!

  • Heart to heart communication is essential to override the negative aspects of physical distancing.
  • Devote yourself to your congregation’s teachings.
  • Devote yourself to your congregation’s people.
  • Devote yourself to holy communion.
  • Be prepared for your food and resources to be shared with others in “The Community of the Spirit.”

Would you like to join this God inspired “Community of the Spirit?”  Acts 2:38

“Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 

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Psalm 55: Oriented, Disoriented, Reoriented

This prayer begins with a soul level, desperate longing for God to hear, listen and take notice of the prayer and to answer.

Listen to my prayer, O God,
    do not ignore my plea;
    hear me and answer me.

David is concerned that God may respond like a person who walks near another in dire need and ignores their plight.

“Listen to my prayer” is not a proud command from a mortal to the Almighty but a begging birthed in humility.

In some ways, “O God,” is the sum total of all prayer.

Evangelist Duane Parrish, following extensive speech center brain surgery, could not read, write or talk.  He could only say two words, “O God.”

From my perspective, O carries all the meaning of one’s whole being and when directed to God is the sum total of all prayer.

Prayer isn’t reduced to two words, 0 God, but elevated to the deepest cry of the inner person.

This depth of prayer flows from a heart that is struggling.

  • My thoughts trouble me and I am distraught.  Vs. 2
    • David’s thoughts are troubling to him.
    • David’s connects his thought life to him being distraught, which is being stirred up with inner conflict, uncertainty or pain.
  • My heart is in anguish within me.  Vs. 4
    • Anguish is the extreme pain and misery of the inner being. 
    • Not a dance of love or joy, but a writhing in pain.

David directs his whole being, even in immeasurable misery, toward God.

  • 16 As for me, I call to God,
        and the Lord saves me.
  • Notice the regularity of David’s call to God.
    17 Evening, morning and noon
        I cry out in distress,
        and he hears my voice.

David speaks faith to his own soul.

  • 22 Cast your cares on the Lord
        and he will sustain you;
    he will never let
        the righteous be shaken.
  • Self-talk is encouraged throughout the Bible.
    • David encouraged himself in the Lord.
    • Why art thou so downcast, oh my soul?

David ends with the expansive expression of all true faith.

  • But as for me, I trust in you.
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Never Waste a Pandemic

One of God’s first gifts to the finest of His creations, human beings, is the assignment and empowerment to name things.

19 Now out of the ground the Lord God had formed every beast of the field and every bird of the heavens and brought them to the man to see what he would call them. And whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name. 20 The man gave names to all livestock and to the birds of the heavens and to every beast of the field.  Genesis 2:19-20

In naming something, I shape my understanding of it’s meaning.

When I determine an experience’s meaning, I set the course of my decisions.

Naming leads to meaning leads to decisions.

Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted. In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. And have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons?

“My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord,
    nor be weary when reproved by him.
For the Lord disciplines the one he loves,
    and chastises every son whom he receives.”

It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline? If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. Besides this, we have had earthly fathers who disciplined us and we respected them. Shall we not much more be subject to the Father of spirits and live? 10 For they disciplined us for a short time as it seemed best to them, but he disciplines us for our good, that we may share his holiness. 11 For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.  Hebrews 12:3-11

The New International Version beautifully shapes the meaning of verse 7,

Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children.

The wise person names hardship as discipline. 

Naming hardship “discipline” changes the meaning of the hardship.

  • Hardship knows no relationship.  Discipline is within the family relationship.  Vs. 5
  • Hardship has no heart.  Discipline is from a heart of love.  Vs. 6
  • Hardship is not purposeful.  Discipline serves the purpose of yielding the peaceful fruit of righteousness.  Vs. 11
  • Hardship is something that happens to me.  Discipline is a training program that I enact.  Vs. 11

You and I won’t waste this pandemic, we accept the assignment and empowerment to name, give meaning and to shape our decisions by understanding our current events as the loving discipline of our heavenly Father.

Maybe in the “discipline” of this pandemic, you realize:

  1. I have no or very little relationship with God through His Son Jesus.
  • For he says, “In a favorable time I listened to you,
        and in a day of salvation I have helped you.”

Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation.  2 Corinthians 6:2

  • 37 All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out.  John 6:37
  • because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.  Romans 10:9
  • I have a relationship with God through His Son Jesus, yet I have unconfessed sin.
  • If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9
  • 16 Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.
  • My focus has drifted from the God First life to which I am committed.
  • 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.  Matthew 6:33
  • But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. If not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent.

We are assigned and empowered to name, give meaning and make decisions in this important season in world history.

For me, I receive this hardship as discipline from my Loving Heavenly Father.

At this time in my life, I place myself in strict training so that I don’t waste this pandemic, but produce the peaceful fruit of righteousness of Hebrews 12:11.

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Worship Services for Ten

With President Trump recommending no public gatherings of more than ten people for the next several weeks, Muldoon Community Assembly will joyfully comply and try our hand at creative “assembling together of ourselves.”

This weekend, March 20, 21 and 22, 2020, we are scheduling worship services of ten people each. The services will be 30 minutes long, include singing, a message, prayer and Holy Communion.

Making this a superb intergenerational ministry time, Children, teens and adults will have the joy of worshiping together.

Please call 907 337-9495 and request your preferred service time. There will be fifteen minutes between each gathering when our team will sanitize the room for the next gathering.

Additionally, our regularly scheduled 9:00 AM, 11:30 AM and 6 PM services will be live streamed on our web site, facebook and youtube.

Please call as soon as possible to schedule your preferred time.

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Behavioral Health in the COVID-19 Pandemic

TAKING CARE OF YOUR BEHAVIORAL HEALTH

Tips For Social Distancing, Quarantine, And Isolation During An Infectious Disease Outbreak

What Is Social Distancing?

Social distancing is a way to keep people from interacting closely or frequently enough to spread an infectious disease. Schools and other gathering places such as movie theaters may close, and sports events and religious services may be cancelled.

What Is Quarantine?

Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who have been exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick. It lasts long enough to ensure the person has not contracted an infectious disease. What Is Isolation?

Isolation prevents the spread of an infectious disease by separating people who are sick fromthose who are not.It lasts as long as the disease is contagious.

Introduction

In the event of an infectious disease outbreak, local officals may require the public to take measures to limit and control the spread of the disease. This tip sheet provides information about social distancing, quarantine, and isolation. The government has the right to enforce federal and state laws related to public health if people within the country get sick with highly contagious diseases that have the potential to develop into outbreaks or pandemics.

This tip sheet describes feelings and thoughts you may have during and after social distancing, quarantine, and isolation. It also suggests ways to care for your behavioral health during these experiences and provides resources for more help.

What To Expect: Typical Reactions

Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations such as an infectious disease outbreak that requires social distancing, quarantine, or isolation. People may feel:

  • Anxiety, worry, or fear related to:
  • Your own health status
  • The health status of others whom you may have exposed to the disease
  • The resentment that your friends and family may feel if they need to go into quarantine as a result of contact with you
  • The experience of monitoring yourself, or being monitored by others for signs and symptoms of the disease
  • Time taken off from work and the potential loss of income and job security
  • The challenges of securing things you need, such as groceries and personal care items
  • Concern about being able to effectively care for children or others in your care
  • Uncertainty or frustration about how long you will need to remain in this situation, and uncertainty about the future
  • Loneliness associated with feeling cut off from the world and from loved ones
  • Anger if you think you were exposed to the disease because of others’ negligence
  • Boredom and frustration because you  may not be able to work or engage in regular day-to-day activities

    •             Uncertainty or ambivalence about the situation

  • A desire to use alcohol or drugs to cope
  • Symptoms of depression, such as feelings of hopelessness, changes in appetite, or sleeping

too little or too much

  • Symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), such as intrusive distressing memories, flashbacks (reliving the event), nightmares, changes in thoughts and mood, and being easily startled

If you or a loved one experience any of these reactions for 2 to 4 weeks or more, contact your health care provider or one of the resources at the end of this tip sheet.

Ways To Support Yourself During Social Distancing, Quarantine, and Isolation

UNDERSTAND THE RISK

Consider the real risk of harm to yourself and others around you. The public perception of risk during a situation such as an infectious disease outbreak is often inaccurate. Media coverage may create the impression that people are in immediate danger when really the risk for infection may be very low. Take steps to get the facts:

  • Stay up to date on what is happening, while limiting your media exposure. Avoid watching or listening to news reports 24/7 since this tends to increase anxiety and worry. Remember that children are especially affected by what they hear and see on television.
  • Look to credible sources for information on the infectious disease outbreak (see page 3 for sources of reliable outbreak-related information).

BE YOUR OWN ADVOCATE

Speaking out about your needs is particularly important if you are in quarantine,

since you may not be in a hospital or other facility where your basic needs are met. Ensure you have what you need to feel safe, secure, and comfortable.

  • Work with local, state, or national health officials to find out how you can arrange for groceries and toiletries to be delivered to your home as needed.
  • Inform health care providers or health authorities of any needed medications and work with them to ensure that you continue to receive those medications.

EDUCATE YOURSELF

Health care providers and health authorities should provide information on the disease, its diagnosis, and treatment.

  • Do not be afraid to ask questions—clear communication with a health care provider may help reduce any distress associated with social distancing, quarantine, or isolation.
  • Ask for written information when available.
  • Ask a family member or friend to obtain information in the event that you are unable to secure this information on your own.

WORK WITH YOUR EMPLOYER TO REDUCE FINANCIAL STRESS

If you’re unable to work during this time, you may experience stress related to your job status or financial situation.

  • Provide your employer with a clear explanation  of why you are away from work.
  • Contact the U.S. Department of Labor toll- free at 1-866-487-2365 about the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), which allows U.S. employees up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave for serious medical conditions, or to care for a family member with a serious medical condition.
  • Contact your utility providers, cable and Internet provider, and other companies from whom you get monthly bills to explain your situation and request alternative bill payment arrangements as needed.

CONNECT WITH OTHERS

Reaching out to people you trust is one of the best ways to reduce anxiety, depression, loneliness, and boredom during social distancing, quarantine, and isolation. You can:

  • Use the telephone, email, text messaging, and social media to connect with friends, family, and others.
  • Talk “face to face” with friends and loved ones using Skype or FaceTime.
  • If approved by health authorities and your health care providers, arrange for your friends and loved ones to bring you newspapers, movies, and books.
Sources for Reliable Outbreak- Related Information Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 1600 Clifton Road  Atlanta, GA 30329-4027  1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636) http://www.cdc.gov World Health Organization   Regional Office for the Americas of the World Health Organization  525 23rd Street, NW  Washington, DC 20037  202-974-3000 http://www.who.int/en
  • Sign up for emergency alerts via text or email to ensure you get updates as soon as they are available.
  • Call SAMHSA’s free 24-hour Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990, if you feel lonely or need support.
  • Use the Internet, radio, and television to keep up with local, national, and world events.
  • If you need to connect with someone because of an ongoing alcohol or drug problem, consider calling your local Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous offices.

TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR

If you are in a medical facility, you may have access to health care providers who can answer your questions. However, if you are quarantined at home, and you’re worried about physical symptoms you or your loved ones may be experiencing, call your doctor or other health care provider:

  • Ask your provider whether it would be possible to schedule remote appointments via Skype or FaceTime for mental health, substance use, or physical health needs.
  • In the event that your doctor is unavailable and you are feeling stressed or are in crisis, call the hotline numbers listed at the end of this tip sheet for support.

USE PRACTICAL WAYS TO COPE AND RELAX

  • Relax your body often by doing things that work for you-take deep breaths, stretch, meditate or pray, or engage in activities you enjoy.
  • Pace yourself between stressful activities, and do something fun after a hard task.
  • Talk about your experiences and feelings to loved ones and friends, if you find it helpful.
  • Maintain a sense of hope and positive

thinking; consider keeping a journal where you write down things you are grateful for or that are going well.

AFTER SOCIAL DISTANCING, QUARANTINE, OR ISOLATION

You may experience mixed emotions, including a sense of relief. If you were isolated because you had the illness, you may feel sadness or anger because friends and loved ones may have unfounded fears of contracting the disease from contact with you, even though you have been determined not to be contagious.

The best way to end this common fear is to learn about the disease and the actual risk to others. Sharing this information will often calm fears in others and allow you to reconnect with them.

If you or your loved ones experience symptoms of extreme stress—such as trouble sleeping, problems with eating too much or too little, inability to carry out routine daily activities, or using drugs or alcohol to cope—speak to a health care provider or call one of the hotlines listed to the right for a referral.

If you are feeling overwhelmed with emotions such as sadness, depression, anxiety, or feel like you want to harm yourself or someone  else, call 911 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255).

Helpful Resources

Hotlines

SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Helpline

Toll-Free: 1-800-985-5990 (English and español)

SMS: Text TalkWithUs to 66746

SMS (español): “Hablanos” al 66746

TTY: 1-800-846-8517

Website (English): http://www.disasterdistress.samhsa.gov Website (español): http://www.disasterdistress.samhsa.gov/ espanol.aspx

SAMHSA’s National Helpline

Toll-Free: 1-800-662-HELP (24/7/365 Treatment Referral

Information Service in English and español)

Website:  http://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/national-helpline

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Toll-Free (English): 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Toll-Free  (español):  1-888-628-9454

TTY: 1-800-799-4TTY (4889)

Website (English): http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org Website (español): http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ gethelp/spanish.aspx

Treatment  Locator

Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator Website: http://findtreatment.samhsa.gov/locator/home

For help finding treatment 1-800-662-HELP (4357) https:// findtreatment.gov/

SAMHSA Disaster Technical Assistance Center

Toll-Free: 1-800-308-3515

Email: DTAC@samhsa.hhs.gov

Website: http://www.samhsa.gov/dtac

*Note: Inclusion or mention of a resource in this fact sheet does not imply endorsement by the Center for Mental Health Services, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

HHS Publication No. SMA-14-4894 (2014)

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Living by Faith: Fear and Faith are Rivals

Faith is fought in the trenches of what we hear and see.

Faith and fear are rivals.

Living by faith in this rivalry is one of life’s biggest fights.

Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.  1 Timothy 6:12

“Fight” carries interesting depth of meaning.

  • From its root, we get the English word, agony.
  • A grueling conflict.

Goliath stood and shouted to the ranks of Israel, “Why do you come out and line up for battle? Am I not a Philistine, and are you not the servants of Saul? Choose a man and have him come down to me. If he is able to fight and kill me, we will become your subjects; but if I overcome him and kill him, you will become our subjects and serve us.” 10 Then the Philistine said, “This day I defy the armies of Israel! Give me a man and let us fight each other.” 11 On hearing the Philistine’s words, Saul and all the Israelites were dismayed and terrified. 1 Samuel 17:8-11

23 As he was talking with them, Goliath, the Philistine champion from Gath, stepped out from his lines and shouted his usual defiance, and David heard it. 24 Whenever the Israelites saw the man, they all fled from him in great fear. 1 Samuel 17:23-24

Enemies often stand and shout at you.  Vs. 8

Enemies often defy you.  Vs. 10

  • to confront with assured power of resistance
  • to challenge to do something considered impossible

The rivals, fear and faith, fight in the trenches of what we hear.  Vs. 11, 23

The rivals, fear and faith, fight in the trenches of what we see.  Vs. 24

Interestingly, fear is faith in the enemy.

  • Every moment of fear proclaims the strength of the enemy.
  • Every moment of fear is a reduction of confidence in God.

Dr. Larry Severson said, “It’s not necessarily what happens around you that is of concern.  My interest is in what you allow to happen in you.”

The good fight of faith is shaped in the trenches of what we allow ourselves to hear and see.

We are determined to filter our hearing for that which builds faith for the good fight.

“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.  5 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.  Deuteronomy 6:4-9

14 How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard?[c] And how are they to hear without someone preaching? 15 And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” 16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed what he has heard from us?” 17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ. Romans 10:14-17

We are determined to filter our seeing to see that which builds faith for the good fight.

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.  Hebrews 11:1

By faith he left Egypt, not being afraid of the anger of the king, for he endured as seeing him who is invisible.  Hebrews 11:27

Be encouraged to wage war on your fears and live by faith with the following five strategies.

  1. Worship the Lord in song.
  2. Read the Bible out loud.
  3. Turn off non-faith sounds and sights.
  4. Gaze upon the beauty of the Lord.
  5. The testimonies of the God’s strong action.

These actions will help us win the faith fight for what happens within us.

  • I’m powerless – He is all powerful
  • I’m not enough – Jesus is enough
  • I can’t –            He can
  • I will never change – Being transformed from glory to glory
  • Death – He that believeth on me shall never die
  • Shame – grace
  • Fear – faith

Let us hear and see the Word of God.

For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.  1 John 5:4

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MCA COVID-19 RECOMMENDATIONS

Your immediate action is appreciated by all.

Muldoon Community Assembly, our Board of Directors, Elders and Deacons unanimously and fully support the United States Center for Disease Control’s guidance.

Following are the current recommendations, March 13, 2020, for Alaska. Please read them thoughtfully and comply.

Maybe of most importance and urgency is the requirement to “stay home if you are feeling sick.” For the sake of all those who love you and those you love, please summon the grace to self-isolate if you are not feeling well.

Issued March 13, 2020

By: Dr. Anne Zink, Chief Medical Officer, State of Alaska

DHSS strongly advises that all Alaskans read and comply with the following CDC guidance for workplaces, schools, homes, and commercial establishments:

Practice good hygiene:

  • Stop handshaking – use other non-contact methods of greeting.
  • Clean hands at the door and schedule regular hand washing reminders by email.
  • Create habits and reminders to avoid touching your face and cover coughs and sneezes.
  • Disinfect surfaces like doorknobs, tables, desks, and handrails regularly.
  • Increase ventilation by opening windows when able.

Be careful with meetings and events:

  • Use videoconferencing for meetings when possible.
  • When videoconferencing not possible, hold meetings in open, well-ventilated spaces.
  • Consider adjusting or postponing large meetings or gatherings.

Special travel considerations:

  • Assess the risks of travel including the location and rapidly changing events.
  • At risk individuals and communities with limited health care infrastructure or high-risk populations should considering limiting all non-essential travel.

Handle food carefully:

  • Limit food sharing.
  • Strengthen health screening for staff working with food and their close contacts.
  • Ensure staff working with food and their close contacts practice strict hygiene.

Special consideration for businesses:

  • Use booking and scheduling to stagger customer flow.
  • Use online transactions where possible.
  • Consider limiting attendance at larger gatherings.
  • Promote tap and pay to limit handling of cash.

For transportation businesses, taxis, and ride shares:

  • Keep windows open when possible.
  • Increase ventilation.
  • Regularly disinfect surfaces.
  • Encourage social distancing during rides.

If you don’t feel well:

  • Stay at home if you are feeling sick.
  • Do not go to work, out in public or around others if you have a fever and for 72 hours after your last fever.
  • Consider staying at home if you have a sick family member in your home.

Households with sick family members are recommended to:

  • Give sick members their own room if possible, and keep the door closed.
  • Have only one family member care for them.
  • Consider providing additional protections or more intensive care for household members over 65 years old or with underlying conditions.

Households with vulnerable seniors or those with significant underlying conditions:

Significant underlying conditions include heart, lung, kidney disease; diabetes; and conditions that suppress the immune system.

  • Have the healthy people in the household conduct themselves as if they were a significant risk to the person with underlying conditions. For example, wash hands frequently before interacting with the person, such as by feeding or caring for the person.
  • If possible, provide a protected space for vulnerable household members.
  • Ensure all utensils and surfaces are cleaned regularly.
Posted on 14th March 2020 in Uncategorized  •  Comments are off for this post
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The COVID19 Sting?

We often view life issues as much more complex than they actually are. Most of life is rather uncomplicated and simple. Take a deep breath. Tis simple indeed. However, to understand the innumerable process that happens with each breath is far beyond anyone’s comprehension. We could start by trying to figure out how to make a universe and a constellation and a planetary system and oxygen and a human who actually can breath. That part is exceptionally complicated. Taking a breath is quite simple.

From my perspective, the COVID19 situation is not particularly complicated.

  1. Some day every human being will take their last breath.
  2. Upon breathing our last breath, we begin life in eternity.
  3. Life in eternity is more real than life here and now.
  4. Life in eternity is either with God or without God.

Those of us who know, based on God’s revelation in the Bible, that our last breath here opens for us a brand new life in the presence of God have no fear, worry or concern. For us, our last breath has no bite, no sting. I can hear our group singing back in childhood, “Won’t it be wonderful there? Having no burdens to bear.”

If you don’t know what happens to you upon your last breath, everyday can be a fearful and concerning experience. COVID19 rocks your world. The “what ifs” come wave over wave. You do everything in your power to avoid the dreaded moment of your last gasp of air.

To one, the last breath stings with total and complete defeat. To the other, it is a welcomed entrance into joy upon joy and life upon life. Jesus said, “The person who believes in me, even though they die, shall still live. Because I am the resurrection and the life.”

No one with healthy human thinking wants to experience COVID19. We practice wisdom, care and thoughtfulness. Transmission prevention is given top priority.

This is done out of loving the life God has given not out of fear of losing life.

Eternal life is as uncomplicated as breathing. Place your full trust in Jesus for salvation. That’s it. Not complicated at all.

If a pandemic lung disease doesn’t turn my heart toward the only One who can turn my last breath into an amazing eternal adventure, what will?

Take a super deep breath. Place your trust in Jesus for salvation. Then fear not! (There is no end to complicated conversations about what all happens when you trust in Jesus, but trusting in him is so simple even the youngest of children can do so).

For those who have placed total and complete trust in Jesus for eternal life, it is uncomplicated.

COVID19 positive? No fear.

COVID19 negative? No fear.

It really is simple.

Posted on 11th March 2020 in Uncategorized  •  Comments are off for this post
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Jesus’ Second Desert Test: Abuse his authority

Often times one’s greatest weakness is their strength gone too far. People of character and integrity rarely sin against their strong points. Their challenge is to keep their strength within God pleasing boundaries. “Jesus, abuse your authority and command angels to accomplish your every whim.” Satan invites. Jesus’ second desert test is to abuse his authority.

An elderly and feeble person volunteers as a crosswalk monitor at a local school. Moving toward the student crossing is a huge, powerful and heavy eighteen wheeler. Out steps the crosswalk volunteer with a humble, six sided, red sign with the word, STOP. Does the truck have power to drive through the crosswalk? Yes. However, the crosswalk volunteer has all the authority.

Our Lord’s first desert test was the urging to misuse His power. His second test is by invitation to abuse His authority. All creation knew of the authority of the God/man in that desert experience. God knew, Jesus knew, satan knew and the angels knew. His authority is unquestioned.

Power has to do with capacity, strength, energy and force. Authority is very different, although related, to power. Authority flows in the arena of legal and moral responsibility, being placed in position to direct and being the one with the greatest knowledge, understanding and wisdom.

Jesus’ second desert test stands on at least two legs. First, the Man without sin was prodded to activate His authority for self and second, to do so for show. Self and show are the big juicy carrots outside God’s boundaries for authority.

From my perspective, the desert tempter is who and what he is because he rebelled against Jesus’ power and authority in eternity past. “And there was war in heaven,” reveals the power component while “the Prince of the powers of the air” shows the authority.

“I lost the war for power and authority. Let me see if I can get the King of the universe to lose His power and authority by misuse and abuse in my little sphere of influence.” Satan may have thought.

This test sought to invert reality. Jesus points out, “Satan, you have this backwards (again), you don’t test God. God tests you. I will only use my Father’s authority in keeping with His will. I refuse to abuse His authority for self and show.”

Self and show are still tricky invitations of the enemy to each Christian in our world of today. Each follower of Jesus is endued with a measure of Father God’s power and authority. His authority and power is in us for His purposes and will not for selfish ambition and impressive fireworks.

With Jesus in the desert we will discover significant pressure to misuse and abuse Father God’s power and authority.

Do I release the Father’s authority in me for self or for the Savior?

Do i activate Father’s authority for show or in humble service?

May we always remember: God tests us. We don’t test God. And He can put on His own show, if He so chooses.

Posted on 9th March 2020 in Uncategorized  •  Comments are off for this post
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Daelyn Malaetia Funeral Message: Living By Faith During Life’s Sudden Storms

The banquet hall was filled. To speak for the occasion, a renowned orator had been brought in. After a wonderful meal, he mesmerized the crowd with his voice as he recited poetry and famous selections of speeches.

Near the end of the program, he asked if anyone had a favorite selection that they would like for him to recite. From the back of the room, an old man stood up and kindly asked if he would mind reciting the 23rd Psalm. The speaker said that he would be glad to do it if, when he was finished, the old man would recite it as well. The old gentleman nodded his head and sat back down.

In a beautifully trained voice that resonated throughout the great room, the speaker began, “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures…” When he was finished, there was thunderous applause and a standing ovation.

I have selected, as today’s text, Mark 4:35-41

35 On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” 36 And leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. And other boats were with him. 37 And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already filling. 38 But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion. And they woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” 39 And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. 40 He said to them, “Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?” 41 And they were filled with great fear and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”  Mark 4:35-41


35 On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” 

It was a day like every other day.

37 And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already filling. 

Followers of Jesus experience sudden and surprising storms.

36 And leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was.  

The sudden storm does not mean Jesus is not with you.

38 But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion.

At times it seems like Jesus is doing nothing.


And they woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?”



At times it seems Jesus does not care.
39 And he awoke and 
rebuked the wind and
said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.
If we listen closely, we will hear Jesus speaking in the sudden storm.    

God could have prevented the storm from ever happening in the first place, but he allowed the sin impacted world to work as it does.  

God did not prevent our storm today, but He is present with us and proclaims “Peace! Be still!” to our troubled hearts.  

This wind will cease, and we will again experience great calm.  
40 He said to them, “Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?” Jesus invites us to live by faith. 

Faith in God before the storm, in the storm and after the storm.  

Storms without faith in Jesus are devastating.

36 And other boats were with him. 

What Jesus does in you in your storm helps all the other “boats” around you.

Let’s return to the opening banquet hall. The professional and highly trained orator has just finished his recitation of the Twenty-third Psalm.  The crowd has energetically applauded and have returned to their seats from the standing ovation.

He then looked at the old man and said, “All right sir, it is your turn now.”


In a trembling voice that was cracked by time, the old man began to recite, “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want…” It is said that when he was finished, there was no applause, but neither was there a dry eye in the building.

After the event, someone asked the famous speaker what he thought produced the different responses in the crowd. The speaker paused, thought for a moment and said, “I know the Psalm, but that man knows the shepherd. That makes all the difference.”

The most important result of this storm experience is for you to come to know Jesus, the Shepherd of the sheep and the Captain of the ship.

The Bible teaches that you are physically born and will physically die.

And you are invited to a second, spiritual birth. 

This spiritual birth is the response to placing your total trust in Jesus for spiritual life.

The reality is, there are two options:

  1. Born once – Die twice – both a physical and spiritual death.
  2. Born Twice – Die once, only physical death.  Because your spirit then lives forever with Jesus.

Jesus said to some of his friends at the death of Lazarus.  John 11:25

25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, 26 and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” 27 She said to him, “Yes, Lord; I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who is coming into the world.”

Be encouraged today to Live by Faith in Life’s Sudden Storms.

Get to know the shepherd and not just the Psalm.

Be born twice, by placing your trust in Jesus for salvation today and you have Jesus’ promise……you will only die once and live forever with Him.

Posted on 6th March 2020 in Uncategorized  •  Comments are off for this post