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Three Principles of Family Worship By Pastor Mark Smith   As we are living out this new season, we have an amazing opportunity to minister to our kids through family worship. In this season, we have two realities to remember. The first is this: our Lord Jesus reigns. He has reigned and displayed His sovereignty in each and every emergency, and will continue throughout eternity. Here’s the second reality: our kids are paying attention. They are equally impacted by Covid-19, but they don’t...

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Psalms for this Season | Allegiance

Psalms for this Season | Allegiance

Day 11 | Psalm 61 Times of trouble reveal where our allegiance lies. When the psalmists found themselves in trouble, they knew where to turn. They looked outside themselves and cried out to God for help. They pledged allegiance to Him for He alone proved to be their...

Psalms for this Season | Waiting

Psalms for this Season | Waiting

Day 10 | Psalm 27 We naturally respond to fear with one of two instincts: fight or flight. Those who fight dig their heels in and hope to overcome their fearful opposition. Those who flee turn their heels and run away hoping simply to live another day. As people of...

Psalms for this Season | Forgiven

Psalms for this Season | Forgiven

Day 9 | Psalm 32 Those who are forgiven possess a joy that COVID-19 cannot touch. They find freedom from tyrannical trials that often enslave the unforgiven in fear. For those who are forgiven know that present afflictions do not represent divine punishment for...

Psalms for this Season | Aridity

Psalms for this Season | Aridity

Day 8 | Psalm 42 An arid soul longs for God as a thirsty deer longs for water. All people know this feeling though not all people know where this feeling should lead. Those who do not yet know God simply drink from wells that are readily available. There they find...

Psalms for this Season | Intimacy

Psalms for this Season | Intimacy

Day 7 | Psalm 139   Social isolation should not lead to spiritual isolation. On the contrary, our social isolation may serve as a catalyst for renewed spiritual intimacy—as long as we are not wasting our social standstill by binging on Netflix or ferreting social...

Psalms for this Season | Helped

Day 6 | Psalm 28 Everyone wants to be heard. At times, everyone needs to be helped. In challenging circumstances, it can seem as though God has turned a deaf ear to our prayers. It can seem as though our words are like chaff—utterly useless. The writers of various...

#3 COVID-19 Update

Dear Hallows Church Family, We hope and pray that each of you are doing well. Though these are unprecedented days, we know that our God and Savior has not changed. He is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. May the words from...

Psalms for this Season | Impartial

Psalms for this Season | Impartial

Day 5 | Psalm 62 The COVID-19 coronavirus does not discriminate. It moves impartially through households, cities, states, and countries. Its malevolent intentions are not strategic. It wreaks havoc throughout the world without prejudice. Neither race nor riches...

Psalms for This Season | Trust

Psalms for This Season | Trust

  Day 4 | Psalm 25 Many of us have experienced the shame that misplaced trust can bring. I once sat on my mother-in-law’s wicker chair trusting that it would hold me up. It did not. My family (not my MIL, obviously) found much humor in the fact that I thought the...

Psalms for this Season | Repentance

Psalms for this Season | Repentance

Day 3 | Psalm 51 Not every specific suffering should be traced and tied to a specific sin in a person’s life. If you contract the coronavirus, do not draw the conclusion that God is punishing you for a particular transgression. Both the Book of Job and the teachings...