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Making Room at the Table for All Races

Processing the current civil unrest, country-wide protests, and racial injustice? In this 9-minute clip, Pastor Andrew Arthur speaks to the church about the current times and questions. God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble.  1 Peter 5:5 By refusing to move to the back of the bus, Rosa Parks epitomized humility. I believe God gave grace by inspiring and energizing a movement towards racial equality and equity not simply because of her obvious courage but because of her overlooked...

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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...

Psalms for this Season | Godward

Psalms for this Season | Godward

Day 2 | Psalm 16 A crisis can recalibrate the soul by drawing our prayers and praises Godward. A recalibrated faith in Yahweh contrasts with those who take another god. Their sorrows multiply as they find themselves forsaken in times of need. Yet, solace for our...