The Virus and the Bible, Part II (When We Don’t Agree With What Is Happening)
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The Virus and the Bible, Part II (When We Don’t Agree With What Is Happening)

The Coronavirus has created a crisis in which national, state, and local governments have become more involved in our day to day lives. As a result, we have had to learn to live with government shutdowns, vaccination policies, and mask mandates. Everyone is struggling with this “new normal” and many people are very angry at...

The Virus and the Bible, Part I
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The Virus and the Bible, Part I

Today, there is no end of preachers and Christians making absurd claims about the virus. Self-appointed prophets make bold predictions that fall flat, lone rangers scoff, not at some, but at all, government directives, and the conspiracy-minded even claim that the “Mark of the Beast” is in the vaccine. In the meantime, people suffer and...

Are You Going Back?
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Are You Going Back?

The Coronavirus has played havoc with our lives and on our schedules. One of the side effects of this unfortunate reality is that many people are questioning their commitment to God and their commitment to church. They are wondering, “if they will go back”. If you find yourself, or someone you know, in this situation,...

You Still Matter!
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You Still Matter!

Life is hard and the Coronavirus has not made it any easier. During the past year and a half Americans have had to struggle not only with illness and untimely death, but unemployment and the disorientation that comes from having our normal routines upended. If you find yourself wrestling with the question of what your...

Corona-Sane? (Why Anger Can Be Worse than the Virus)
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Corona-Sane? (Why Anger Can Be Worse than the Virus)

he COVID-19 virus is very real, but so is sin, and giving in to excessive anger can be a deadly sin. In this follow-up to last week’s talk on staying sane during the pandemic, Pastor Barnes deals with the particular sin of anger and how we need to control our anger so that it doesn’t...

Corona-Sane?
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Corona-Sane?

The virus is surging again and with this unwelcome development comes mask mandates, arguments over vaccines, and more anger at public officials. How can we deal with all of this again? If you find your blood pressure rising and your spiritual health and/or sanity declining, then take a few minutes to listen to this week’s...

Wise Bravery in the Midst of Frustrating Times
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Wise Bravery in the Midst of Frustrating Times

The COVID-19 crisis has added stress to many of our lives. If you find yourself frustrated and even angry by the way your daily life has been affected then consider investing 13 minutes of your time in today’s devotion. It will let you know that you are not alone and suggest some productive ways of...

Coronavirus Update (October 8, 2020)
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Coronavirus Update (October 8, 2020)

2020 has been a year to forget; a year that has made us ill on many different levels. As we begin the final lap of this race that can’t end soon enough, Pastor Robert Barnes offers some honest thoughts about facing our challenges as human beings, as Christians and as a church.

Rejoicing in the Lord (Habakkuk 3:17-18)
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Rejoicing in the Lord (Habakkuk 3:17-18)

We may face pandemic, racial injustice, shortages of consumer goods, and other strife. Like the prophet Habakkuk, we can choose to rejoice in the Lord no matter the challenges we face. Speaker: Louvenia Magee

A word about Outdoor Services
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A word about Outdoor Services

Pastor Robert Barnes shares an overview of our new outdoor service.  For more details, visit https://mtoak.org/2020/06/11/outdoor-services/