Pandemic, Emmanuel Baptists, Our Creator

Hello to all who might be checking in. Pastor Sam Hamilton here. I think I was born either 100 or so years too late …. or maybe that much too early. (I love not newfangled technology much.) At this point, I can only guess that I have managed to successfully access our church web page, let alone install the following message! (smiley face). We have not congregated at 502 Cherry Street since the real experts suggested that, as good citizens, we should not. Today, March 22nd is the second Sunday under COVID 19 that Emmanuel REMAINS a part of Jesus’ global CHURCH, but without congregating at the building. But we are meeting by phone with each other very often, and I trust we are meeting with the Lord…maybe moreso than in many of our lifetimes. I have preached for 50 years that “churchianity” and Christianity are NOT SYNONOMOUS! Where in the New Testament is a building or a schedule of meetings called a church? I contend that the health, the very life and obedience of Christ’s Body began to decline two millenia ago. We’ve patted ourselves on the back for “building the Kingdom of God” by putting however many “believers” into buildings a few hours a week. The Good Shepherd said if “ninety nine” are in the fold, He is searching the hills and valleys for that one “lost sheep.” The BODY’S failure was foretold, has happened, and the god of this earth, so designated by Jesus, has once again duped, seemingly, the VERY ELECT. So much for an old preacher’s opining.

THE EMMANUEL BAPTIST CHURCH BUILDING, 502 CHERRY STREET 48640 MIDLAND, MICHIGAN, IS CLOSE UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. YOU ARE WELCOME TO MAIL OFFERINGS, OR OTHER COMMUNICATIONS. BUT PLEASE DO NOT WORRY ABOUT THE PASTOR’S SALARY. AS HUMANS WORLWIDE ARE SUFFERING….MY PAYCHECK CAN BE AT THE BOTTOM OF CONCERNS!! LOVE YOU….ONE DAY, THAT WILL BE ALL THAT REMAINS….WHY NOT START NOW?