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Saturday, August 1, 2020

Looking Forward to Learning to Do Things Jesus's Way (2020.08.01 Pastoral Letter and Hopewell Herald)


Hopewell Herald – August 1, 2020

Dear Congregation,

Everyone whom the Lord saves, He brings to the point where they see that Jesus has a way of saving them, and that it is the only way of being saved.

In our Ephesians passages for the next several weeks, we will see that Jesus has a way of keeping us in ministry-shape, a way of building His church, a way of unifying His church, a way of making us know Himself, a way of maturing us, a way of filling us with Himself.

For some of us who walked for some time with the Lord before we learned that He defines ministry, unity, and maturity, this realization was a significant moment in our Christian life—not unlike some who have walked for some time with Him before embracing the doctrines of sovereign grace or before coming to understand the church covenantally or before coming to understand union with Christ.

So, I’m eager for us to be hearing these afternoon texts together and hope that you’ll be praying with me that by God’s helping me preach and all of us to hear, that He will bring us into the enjoyment of those glorious results that He describes in these passages.

Looking forward to His ministry among us in the means of grace tomorrow,

Pastor

2020.08.01 Hopewell @Home ▫ Genesis 31:1–16

Questions from the Scripture text: What does Jacob hear in Genesis 31:1? What were Laban’s sons saying that Jacob had done? What does Jacob see in Genesis 31:2? What was the difference in it now, from before? Who spoke to Jacob in Genesis 31:3? What does He tell Jacob to do? Whom does He say will be with Jacob? For whom does Jacob send in Genesis 31:4? To where? To what? What does he say that he has seen (Genesis 31:5)? How does he now explain his surviving and prospering? What does he say that they know (Genesis 31:6)? What does Jacob say that Laban has done (Genesis 31:7)? What does Jacob say has kept Laban from succeeding in this? How did God stop him (Genesis 31:8)? What does Jacob conclude that God has done (Genesis 31:9)? What had happened to Jacob, when (Genesis 31:10)? Who spoke to him (Genesis 31:11)? What did He say? What did Jacob say? In Genesis 31:12, what explanation does God give for which rams “leap on the flocks” (verse 12)? How does God identify Himself in Genesis 31:13? What two things does He remind Jacob that Jacob had done at Bethel (Genesis 31:13)? What does God now command Jacob to do? What do Rachel and Leah ask in Genesis 31:14? What do they ask in Genesis 31:15? What do they say that Laban has done? What do they say that God has done (Genesis 31:16)? To whom do they say that the flocks really belong? What do they tell Jacob to do?
God is actively taking everything from those who have the upper hand and giving it instead to those who are His. That’s Jesus’s first message of discipleship to the largely sorry-looking and oppressed lot Whom He redeems to follow Him (cf. Matthew 5:1–12; Luke 6:20–26; 1 Corinthians 1:26–31).

And in this passage, we have a temporal, earthly example of the same thing. How does Jacob explain his own prosperity? “The God of my father has been with me” (Genesis 31:5). “God did not allow him to hurt me” (Genesis 31:7). “God has taken away the livestock of your father and given them to me” (Genesis 31:9).

God sees all that is done to His chosen ones (Genesis 31:12), and He comes to us in this passage not only reminding us of His past faithfulness (“I am the God of Bethel,” Genesis 31:13a) but also of our former resolves when first we knew Him (“where you anointed a pillar and where you made a vow to Me,” verse 13b).

Upon the basis of His faithfulness and goodness, and of our belonging to Him and having made commitments to Him, He now gives us good commands by which He intends to continue and complete His blessing of us. “Return to the land of your fathers and to your family and I will be with you” (Genesis 31:3). “Now arise, get out of this land, and return to the land of your family” (Genesis 31:13). This was not just “go home,” but rather go to that land which was once referred to your grandfather as “the land which I will show you,” and which is closely tied to all of My covenant promises.

So also, the Lord has been with us. He hears whatever we hear that worries us (Genesis 31:1), and He sees what whatever we see that worries us (Genesis 31:2, cf. Genesis 31:12b). Indeed, when we stop to consider it, we know that He hears and sees all things. And He gives us good commands to walk in the way of His blessing, based upon the past displays of His faithfulness.

For us, that past display of His faithfulness is especially the finished work of Jesus Christ, which is the central concern of the teaching of the whole Bible. So the Lord calls us to dwell upon all of the glorious Scriptural theology that flows in and out of who Christ is and what Christ has done.

And those commands that are the way of His blessing is especially His instruction about the means by which Christ continues to apply His finished work by the ministry of His Spirit. So the Lord calls us especially to live by all of His good commands and instruction and wisdom as the path of blessing.

Because, surely, what He who has given us Christ is doing—in all of these things that we hear and see—is giving us all things together with Him. Whether Laban’s things. Or the Canaanites’ things. Or the things of all the nations. Or indeed a New Heavens and New Earth, and ultimately and best of all: Him Himself!
What place does reflecting upon who Jesus is and what Jesus has done have in your thought life? How do you factor in Biblical commands, instruction, and wisdom into all your choices and actions, big or small?
Suggested songs: ARP32AB “What Blessedness” or TPH433 “Amazing Grace”

Friday, July 31, 2020

God Sees All, Works It for God, and Tells Us about It (Family Worship lesson in Genesis 31:1–16)

Pastor teaches his family tomorrow's Hopewell @Home passage. In Genesis 31:1–16, God reveals to Jacob that He has seen all that has been done to him, and has been working it for good. Thus, He calls His own back to a life of faith in Him, clinging to Him and His promises in Christ.

Jesus's Pity, Purity, Power, and Prophecy-fulfillment (Family Worship in Luke 7:11–17)

Pastor teaches his family from today's Hopewell @Home passage. In Luke 7:11–17, we have a marvelous portrait of Jesus's pity in His compassion, His purity in being able to make us clean, His power (especially by His Word) to overcome our weakness and death, and His fulfillment of prophecy. He is the One of Whom Moses said that a prophet like he would arise from among his brethren. Jesus is the One in Whom all of God's promises—and especially that He would be with us—find their "yes" and "amen."

2020.07.31 Hopewell @Home ▫ Luke 7:11–17

Questions from the Scripture text: How long after healing the centurion’s servant does Luke 7:11 happen? Where does Jesus go? Who goes with Him? Who else? To what does He come near in Luke 7:12? What was happening there? How many sons did the dead man’s mother have? How many husbands did she now have? Who else was with her? What does Luke 7:13 call Jesus? What did He see? What did He feel? What did He say? What does He come to in Luke 7:14? What does He do to it? What do those carrying it do? What does Jesus say? How does Luke 7:15 describe the one who obeys what Jesus commands? What two things does He do? To whom does He present him? What comes upon all (Luke 7:16)? What do they do? What two things do they say? Where else were these things said (Luke 7:17)?
Behold the pity, purity, power, and praise of our Redeemer!

Behold His pity. This is quite different from the previous healing, where a delegation entreated Him to do something. No one here asks Him to do anything. Here, He acts simply out of the abundance of goodness that is in Him. “When the Lord saw her, He had compassion on her.” And she was in need of compassion. She had been brought very low, losing both her husband and her only son.

Ordinarily, it is not compassionate to tell the bereaved not to weep. Jesus Himself wept for the bereaved (cf. John 11:33–35).  But our Lord’s “do not weep” was not a superficial “chin up” with nothing more than a pat on the back or a sympathetic embrace to support it. He could support it by removing the cause for weeping. And so will He do with all of His dear ones!

Behold His purity. It shocks the pallbearers, and they stop. Can anyone who is clean touch the unclean (corpses were unclean as were lepers, cf. John 5:13) without being defiled? But the purity of our Lord is such that He cannot be defiled. He can eat and drink with sinners (cf. John 5:29–32). He can touch lepers. He can even touch the dead! If we come by faith, we need not shrink from drawing near Him. He has purity enough for Himself and for purifying us!

Behold His power. His Words are not just to be obeyed, but they themselves give the power to obey. We are deluded when we think that we are able to obey the Lord Jesus. But here there can be no illusion. The young man is dead, and being carried out to be buried. But our Lord and His Words carry within them all power necessary to obey them. So it is with us at the first, when He commands us to spiritual resurrection unto faith in Him. And so it is with us, all along the way, that the same Word by which He instructs us is powerful to enable us to obey Him.

Behold His praise. There can be no doubting that it happened. Many of his disciples were there, and a large additional crowd that followed Him (Luke 7:11), as well as another large crowd from the city (Luke 7:12). And, though we know not whether their hearts were changed, still their verbal response rightly responded to the Lord Jesus. He is the prophet like Moses (Luke 7:16, cf. ). And God had visited His people by Him—in fact, He is God! The report goes everywhere (Luke 7:17), even as at the end every knee will bow, and every tongue will confess Him to be Lord. Shall we not so confess Him now and always? Let us be quick to respond as the angels continually respond!
In what do you most need the Lord’s compassion? For what command do you most need His power? How are you developing the habit of continual praise?
Suggested songs: ARP146 “Hallelujah, Praise Jehovah” or TPH239 “Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven”

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Spiritual Sacrifices of a Holy Priesthood Who Serve in a Spiritual Temple (1Pet2:4–5 Prayer Devotional)

As those who offer spiritual sacrifices weekly, by faith, in the true tabernacle in heaven, let us diligently pursue holiness and be hungry for that Word by which we are built up as a spiritual house.

Jesus's Idea of a Spiritual Gifts Church (Family Worship lesson in Ephesians 4:11)

Pastor leads his family in today's Hopewell @Home passage. In Ephesians 4:11, Jesus has given Himself first as a gift. And He has given each believer the gift of being a gift. Since we must walk in this calling according to the truth of His mind, instead of the futility of our own mind, His first gifts among men were those through whom the Holy Spirit wrote the Scriptures, and those by whom these written Scriptures are proclaimed both outside and inside the church. Elders are gifts from Jesus to enable us to be stable, helpful theologians with one another.

2020.07.30 Hopewell @Home ▫ Ephesians 4:11

Questions from the Scripture text: What four types of officers/gifts does Ephesians 4:11 tell us that Jesus has given? 
What is a “Holy Spirit” church or a “spiritual gifts” church? What is an “equipping” church? What is an “active” church or an “every member ministry” church?

These are important questions, not only because the section in Ephesians 4:11-16 establishes this as the soil in which worthily walking (cp. Ephesians 4:1 vs Ephesians 4:17) grows up. But also, because in our broader church context, in the past several generations, these ideas have taken on meanings that are unrecognizable by and indeed in tense incompatibility with what the New Testament teaches.

So, we’re going to slow down and work through them carefully.

What does a church that is full of the Holy Spirit look like? What are the first and primary gifts that the Lord Jesus gives? That’s what Ephesians 4:11 is emphasizing to us, and the answer is pretty simple: a church that is full of the Holy Spirit is a church that is full of accurate Bible teaching and application, and that is accurately teaching and applying the full Bible.

Jesus’s giving apostles to the church is already familiar to us in this letter. To them, he adds the prophets of the post-ascension church—those through whom the final words of God came. And evangelists, those who become the first to take the words of the apostles and prophets to a region (such as Philip, Acts 21:8 and Timothy, 2 Timothy 4:5), even up to missionaries and church planters of this day.

We notice that these are all Word-centered officers. Preaching, teaching, and writing officers. Theologians by whom the ascended Christ, through His unifying Spirit, keeps us grounded and growing in the indispensable truths about the hope of our calling, about our Lord, about our faith, about all that is signified and accomplished in our baptism, about God the Creator/Ruler/Redeemer Who is also life-begetting, character-defining, all-providing Father.

It is specifically the apostles and prophets, as extensions of Himself the Cornerstone, whom the Lord Jesus has given as the foundation of the church. So how does the Holy Spirit build upon that foundation? How does the Holy Spirit build upon Christ? Through the application and implementation of that Word (which is what elders do as pastors), especially through proclamation of that Word and instruction in that Word (which is what elders do as teachers). This is how the Spirit builds. This is how He equips and makes effective the other gifts whether of “church member” and the specific gifts of “wife,” “husband,” “child,” “parent,” “slave,” “master,” “widow,” or whatever other role His Providence assigns to us in this life.

So, the first answer as to what a church full of the Holy Spirit looks like is that there is a lot of preaching, teaching, and shepherding by the elders. The Ephesians knew this perhaps best of all. The apostle taught theology class in Ephesus every day for two years (cf. Acts 19:8–10). Enough early manuscripts contain the scribal insertion that this took place from the fifth to tenth hours to warrant a footnote in the ESV. Though the hours may not be inerrant Scripture, it seems likely that these manuscripts are relating something that the church in Ephesus (still existing at the time of their writing) knew to be true.

Five hours of Bible and theology class every day, when people got off work due to the heat—spending it in the school of Tyrannus instead at home reading false religion (cf. Acts 19:19), or engaged in Diana/Artemis worship (cf. Acts 19:24–27), or engaged in hours of political rioting (cf. Acts 19:34).

This was how the church in Ephesus had started. They spent their entire midday break in theology school. This was the love that they had at first (cf. Revelation 2:4), the first works that Jesus commanded them to return to (Revelation 2:5).

Now, does Jesus expect us to spend five hours a day in theology school? Perhaps not. But perhaps so. Do we have less leisure time than the first century Ephesians did? The truth of the matter is that between Ephesians 4 and Acts 19 and Ephesians 2:1–7, we have a composite biblical picture of how a biblically Spirit-filled church spends a large chunk of its time: under Bible-preaching from Christ’s appointed officers and Bible-teaching from Christ’s appointed officers, so that in the rest of their time they will be Bible-living.
How much time do you spend meditating upon the Word in a day? In a week? In your attending upon the Word, how are you making specific use of the Pastor-Teachers that Jesus has given to you for that purpose?
Suggested songs: ARP23B “The Lord’s My Shepherd” or TPH23A “The Lord’s My Shepherd”

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

2020.07.29 Hopewell @Home ▫ 1 Samuel 14:47–52

Questions from the Scripture text: What had Saul established (1 Samuel 14:47)? Over whom? Against which six nations and their kings did he fight (1 Samuel 14:47-48)? What is all this fighting said to have accomplished at the end of verse 48? How many sons and daughters of Saul are mentioned here (1 Samuel 14:49)? What were their names? How many wives are mentioned here (1 Samuel 14:50, cf. 1 Samuel 21:8)? What was her name? What other official is named in verse 50? What was his relation to Saul? What does this make their fathers’ relation to one another (possibly through Saul’s mother)? Who was Saul’s father (1 Samuel 14:51)? Who was Ner’s father? What did Saul have with whom, during all of his days as king (1 Samuel 14:52)? How many of whom did Saul take for himself?
This passage has the flavor of a news report or an encyclopedia entry. From the standpoint of what men generally think kings are for (cf. 1 Samuel 8:19–20), Saul did pretty good. He successfully defended Israel on all sides (1 Samuel 14:47-48), and maintained an elite standing army, under a trusted command (1 Samuel 14:50-51) to counter the continuous Philistine threat (1 Samuel 14:52).

It’s a surprisingly positive summary statement. But that’s part of the point, isn’t it? Sure, some of the point is that God was willing to deliver the people through the king, despite their treachery in asking for one (cf. 1 Samuel 8:71 Samuel 10:191 Samuel 12:12)—what grace! But surely having a positive note sandwiched between chapters 13–14 and 15–16 heightens the contrast.

God isn’t looking for success but submission, not conquest but compliance—for disciples after His own heart (cf. 1 Samuel 13:141 Samuel 14:7; Acts 13:22).

When we judge by outward appearance, we might be impressed with the ungodly. Cain’s line (cf. Genesis 4:20–22) and the wicked in the days of Noah (cf. Genesis 6:4) were men of renown. But to Scripture, to the believer, to God… the final assessment is that they were wicked and cursed. Surely that is our overall impression of Saul and his kingship. And the positivity of this passage just highlights it by contrast.

What are we running after with our lives? What do we put our heart, and plans, and time and money into? If it’s just the kind of stuff that goes into a man’s-perspective summary of our lives, we have wasted our earthly life and should question whether we have any eternal life at all.

Praise God that the ultimate King that He has provided is our righteousness before Him! And, let us by His Spirit and Word, seek to have our hearts conformed to His, that we too may be people after God’s own heart.
What pursuits in your life threaten to compete for attention with the pursuit of godliness in your life?
Suggested songs: ARP73C “Yet Constantly, I Am with You” or TPH446 “Be Thou My Vision”

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Being the Church for Jesus's Sake: Seeking the Glory Due to Him for the Incarnation (2020.07.26 Evening Sermon in Ephesians 4:8–10)

The Chief Cornerstone of the church is Jesus—Who descended into the womb in His humiliation, and then after He had given Himself as the first and great Gift to the church, has given believers also the gift of being gifts. We follow His design for the church, because He deserves His glory in the church!

Getting Rich Eternally in Jesus: God's Patience in Perfecting Us (2020.07.26 Morning Sermon in Genesis 30:25–43)



God overrules both enemies' persecution and believers' own remaining sin, as He patiently brings them into the fullness of what Christ has won for them.

2020.07.28 Hopewell @Home ▫ John 16:5–28

Questions from the Scripture text: Where is Jesus going now (John 16:5)? What aren’t the disciples asking? What effect has His saying this had upon them (John 16:6)? What does Jesus say is to their advantage (John 16:7)? What advantage do they get from Jesus going away? Of what three things will the Spirit convict the world when He comes (John 16:8)? Why of sin (John 16:9)? Why of righteousness (John 16:10)? Why of judgment (John 16:11)? What does Jesus still have to say to whom (John 16:12)? Why doesn’t He do so now? Who will speak them to the things to come (John 16:13)? When? Whom will He glorify (John 16:14)? What will He take? To whom will He give it? What things belong to Jesus (John 16:15)? What will happen after a little while (John 16:16)? What will happen after another little while? Why? Who have a hard time understanding this (John 16:17-19)? What will they be doing when they don't see Him (John 16:20)? What will the world be doing? But what will happen to their sorrow? What illustration does Jesus give, in John 16:21, of sorrow being turned into joy? When will the disciples’ hearts rejoice (John 16:22)? For how long? Whom does He say they will ask to have their joy full (John 16:23-24)? What will happen when they ask? How has Jesus spoken to them just now about the cross and resurrection (John 16:25, cf. John 16:21)? When He speaks to them more plainly, about Whom will He speak? What will they do in that day (John 16:25-26)? Who loves them directly (John 16:27)? How can they know that? From where did Jesus come (John 16:28)? Where is Jesus going?
Next week’s Call to Worship, Prayer for Help, and Confession of Sin come from John 16:5–28 in order that we will see that we are singing God’s thoughts after Him with Holy Ghost, Dispel Our Sadness!

What a gift the Holy Spirit is! He is very God of very God, the third Person of the Trinity. And in Him, we have both the Father and the Son, and all that is theirs (John 16:14-15).

Through the apostles, the Holy Spirit has completed giving us all that Jesus says to us (John 16:12-13), a work that He had begun by the prophets of old (cf. 1 Peter 1:10–11). And in all these Scriptures, New and Old, He was always glorifying Christ (John 16:14a, cf. John 5:39; Luke 24:25–27; 1 Peter 1:12).

Indeed, He is the One who convinces us (John 16:8) that sin is dealt with by believing in Jesus (John 16:9), that righteousness through faith is assured because Jesus is risen and ascended (John 16:10), and that Jesus having ascended means that Satan is condemned and defeated (John 16:11).

So, it is with this Christ-exalting, Scripture-exposing, Truth-convincing power that the Holy Spirit comes to us in such a great fellowship with us that it is better even than if Jesus had stayed with us (John 16:5-7)!

The Holy Spirit’s ministry is the key to Christian joy. Not by giving insider knowledge or the ability to see into the spirit world. And certainly not by causing us to behave in a manner that looks drug-induced or demon possessed. No, the key to Christian joy is the Holy Spirit enabling us to see by faith (not sight) our Lord Jesus, ascended and sitting in glory.

Sorrow fills the heart of the believer who cannot get sight of the Lord Jesus (John 16:5), but as the Holy Spirit fulfills that ministry described in John 16:7-14, He turns our sorrow to joy (John 16:20-22). When we realize that Jesus who died and was buried has now risen and ascended to the Father (John 16:16-19), we are sure not only that we belong to Christ, but that in Christ we belong to the Father Himself, Who also personally hears our prayers (John 16:23-26), loves us (John 16:27), and sent Christ for us (John 16:28).

This is the great ministry of the Holy Spirit—to give to us fellowship with our Triune God, by means of His Word, unto our everlasting joy!
Based on this passage, if you are hoping to have joy in the Holy Spirit, what means should you expect Him to bless to that end and how? What should you be doing, and in what way?
Suggested songs: ARP98 “O Sing a New Song” or TPH392 “Holy Ghost, Dispel Our Sadness”

Monday, July 27, 2020

2020.07.27 Hopewell @Home ▫ Genesis 30:25–43

Questions from the Scripture text: What event triggers Jacob’s request in Genesis 30:25? Where does he ask to be sent? What does he ask to be given (Genesis 30:26)? What point does he make for his request? What does Laban ask in Genesis 30:27? What reason does he give for his request? What offer does he make in Genesis 30:28? What point does Jacob make about the livestock in Genesis 30:29-30? What does Jacob say that he does not want to do (Genesis 30:31)? What does he request to receive instead (Genesis 30:32)? Why does he suggest that this will be a good way of dividing between the two (Genesis 30:33)? How does Laban answer in Genesis 30:34?  Whom would we expect (based upon verse 32) is taking the action in Genesis 30:35? Whom do we discover is actually doing it in Genesis 30:36? What does Jacob do in Genesis 30:37-38? What result does this have in Genesis 30:39? What does he do with the two flocks in Genesis 30:40? How did he decide when to do what in Genesis 30:41-42? What was the result for Jacob in Genesis 30:43
Could it really be that God’s chosen one would toil for so long and still have nothing? That’s our question at the end of Genesis 30:30, when even Jacob is just seeing himself as a useful worker, but we are thinking about God’s covenant and how feebly it seems to be getting along so far. In God’s faithfulness, there are a bunch of boys now; but, how will they be taken care of?

By this time, Jacob had served at least fourteen years, but had nothing material to show for it. In fact, as he had come Laban to be known as a hard man, the request for his wives and children in Genesis 30:26 was not altogether certain. Genesis 31:43 opens our eyes to the fact that Laban did, in fact, consider the children to be rightfully his! (Children born in servitude were considered by many to belong to the master and not the servant, cf. Exodus 21:4 and other contemporary writings like the Nuzi documents).

So, Jacob insists upon the completeness of his service (Genesis 30:26b) and that the wives and children are his (verse 26a), and tells Laban to send him away. He’s basically arguing that he’s no ordinary servant.

The demand seems to take Laban by surprise. His literal response is, “If—please!—I have found grace in your eyes—I have divined that Yahweh blesses me because of you! Name your wage unto me, and I give.” Or at least that’s what Laban wants Jacob to think.

This is the second time that Laban makes an offer like this. We remember what he did with the wife—now wives. And sure enough, Laban is ready in Genesis 30:34-36 to take advantage of Jacob’s proposal in Genesis 30:31-33. In fact, he can hardly contain his pleasure at such an apparently na├»ve proposal, “Behold! May it be!” (Genesis 30:34a).

Genesis 30:37-42 has been the occasion of many old wives’ tales about how vivid images upon a mother while conceiving will impress themselves upon her offspring. This is not only ridiculous, but misses the point of this long and drawn out part of the passage. Yahweh Himself explains in Genesis 31:10–13 that He told Jacob that He was the One who miraculously made the streaked/speckled/spotted appear (remember, Laban had removed them! ... Genesis 30:36) to mate with the females.

What Jacob does in response to the dream is either an obedient response of faith that Yahweh had commanded (but Jacob does not tell his wives), or a silly attempt at trying to take some of the credit for himself after Yahweh had told him what would happen. Either way, the point is the same: this rather intricate procedure is not at all naturally able to produce this result; the usefulness is not in the action taken, but in the God who Himself is acting!

The same can be said of reading a very old book. Or pouring a little water on a baby’s head. Or eating a bit of bread and drinking a bit of wine. Is this how the dead are transformed or the powerless gain strength? Yes, because God commanded it. And not because the thing in itself does it, but because it is His Word. His sacrament. His Spirit who powerfully uses them to faithfully keep His promises. It’s all about Him!

So, is it possible that God’s chosen one would toil for so long and still have nothing? Genesis 30:43 answers the question. “Thus the man became exceedingly prosperous.” That may or may not be materially true for us in the short term. But, if we genuinely have Christ, it will be spiritually true for us—in an increasing (if originally small) way in this life, and perfectly so in the life to come!
What situation, earthly or spiritual, seems stacked against you? What means has God ordained for your care in that situation? How have you been employing those means? Whom do you trust to make them work?
Suggested songs: ARP1 “How Blessed the Man” or TPH105C “O Praise the LORD, His Deeds Make Known”