COVID-19: Koinonia House Updateby Ron Matsen
Living in isolation can be both a blessing and a curse. Separated from the normal daily routines that previously filled our busy lives, we can struggle to find things to do during this unplanned free time.
Caught in the unalterable paradigm shift that is sweeping the whole world, I think that it is safe to say that “tomorrow will not be like yesterday, next week will not be like last week, and certainly next month will not be like last month.” Therefore, we are all witnessing the sweeping away of our previous life’s markers by which we measure and direct our daily lives.
During this time, we here at Koinonia House are analyzing and reevaluating our practices as a ministry. We acutely feel that we need to be making ourselves more available to those who look to us for assistance in their discovery of and/or journey through the Bible. Therefore, we are implementing some fundamental changes that we hope will be of some practical use to you during these days of isolation.
Please, please let us know if there is anything that we can do to help you. We may not have the answers, but we know a God who does. Are you stuck in isolation somewhere? Are you filling your day looking at your phone for answers? Are you overwhelmed by the constant flood of bad news that seems to fill your media portals to the outside world?
I have these three practical home remedies to suggest:
Psalm 119:33-37 tells us, “Teach me, O LORD, the way of thy statutes; and I shall keep it unto the end. Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy law; yea, I shall observe it with my whole heart. Make me to go in the path of thy commandments; for therein do I delight. Incline my heart unto thy testimonies, and not to covetousness. Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity; and quicken thou me in thy way.”
To assist you with this new media diet, for a limited time, Koinonia House is making our Video & Audio streaming service available FREE for one-month membership to. This means that you can watch or listen to over 1,000 hours of Bible studies by Chuck Missler, myself, and others. Simply go to our store, store.khouse.org and follow the instructions to create an account on our store, add our 1 month on-demand addon, and start refocusing your attention on the things that cannot change.
Throughout the teaching career of Chuck Missler, he would encourage the serious student of the Bible to start and keep a journal that would capture and catalog your journey of discovery through your own personal Bible study.
Another way to accomplish this is by documenting your studies using the tools and facilities of Koinonia Institute. We offer a free, lifetime membership that is available through our website koinoniainstitute.org.
The Christian community in these lockdown countries are quickly discovering that “Church” is not about a building but about a Body of believers that are joined together by the same head; that is Jesus Christ. The problem is, how do we have fellowship with one another?
At the moment, most of us have devices by which we can communicate with those who we care about. In that sense, this personal isolation does not prohibit us from reaching out and providing some much-needed one-to-one fellowship with others.
Therefore, why not start a virtual Home Group? You can virtually gather together using any number of social media applications. You simply follow the pattern of the first-century Church.
The apostle Paul instructed the Ephesian Church, chapter 5:15-21, “See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.”
Please remember to pray for us as a ministry. May the God of peace fill your hearts and minds with that peace which surpasses all understanding.
God bless you,
Ron Matsen, President
Koinonia House & Koinonia Institute