COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 Updates

Updates on CICC Response to COVID-19

Resurrection: A Centerpiece Of Our Faith

Today we celebrate Christ’s resurrection, the day that our Lord Jesus Christ rose from the dead.  The importance of resurrection for Christians cannot be underestimated.  The Word of God made us understand in 1 Corinthians 15:14 that “if there is no resurrection of the dead, not even Christ has been raised; and if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is vain, your faith also is vain.”  In addition to this, as Paul mentioned in 1 Corinthians 15:18-19 “those…

Building Character When Our Faith is Tested

The Webster dictionary defines character as one of the attributes or features that make up and distinguish an individual.  It also calls character moral excellence and firmness.  So, in a lot of ways character can be a choice. It is also something that develops in ways that transcend education, training, or position. You cannot acquire character by reading a book.  As a matter of fact, it is built rather than acquired.  Character is many times used in place of integrity…

Counting The Cost of Discipleship

To understand the written Word of God in its original context, we are to first look at the Hebrew and Greek meaning since the original text of the Bible was written in both Hebrew and Greek. The Hebrew word for disciple is Talmid, meaning Student. Talmid shows the relationship between the Rabbi (Teacher or Master) and the disciple.  Also, the Greek meaning is, one who engages in learning through instruction from another or who is Constantly Associated with someone who…

Privileged To Be A Blessing

Many of us are highly privileged, although we seldom accept that we are.  Privileges can often lead one to become dispassionate about the social issues that are going on around us.  In fact, privileges are quick to become instruments of oppression.  A person who grew up in an affluent family is quick to look down on those from modest backgrounds and call them lazy.  Folks from privileged backgrounds often blame people stricken with poverty for their own misfortune.  We tend…

Blessings In Disguise

I have continued to reflect on the extreme strange circumstances that we have all had to face this year. I said strange, because for those of us in this age, it is quite strange.  But it was not quite strange for those who lived through the flu pandemic.  However, because they lived through that age, and the strange circumstances they experienced that time, we in this age are able to relatively live with the flu almost as a routine disease. …

The Profit of Loving God With All Your Mind

We have been studying the topic of “Loving God With All Your Mind” in our Bible Study Class for some weeks now using the text book written by Elizabeth George. During the course of our studies, we have addressed several topics including, “Training Your Thoughts”, “Winning Over Worry”, “Pressing For The Price”, and so on. But why is our mind so important to God that He spoke about it in several passages in the Old Testament like Deuteronomy 6 all…

Thinking Of The Present

As I started meditating about writing on this topic, a song immediately came to my mind, “One day at a time”, the version by Cristy Lane. “Yesterday is gone, sweet Jesus, and tomorrow may never be mine.  Lord help me today, show me the way, one day at a time”.  We all need to live life one day at a time.  Just as the Bible has always enjoined us not to dwell on the past, it also teaches us not…

April 28, 2020 COVID-19 UPDATE –

Blessed people of God: Last night, Governor Dewine outlined a responsible protocol for getting Ohio back to work.  There are different recommendations in the protocol for different sectors of the Ohio economy.  While Religious activities are still classified as essential activities, we are still enjoined to act responsibly.  In the outline by the Governor, the stay at home order is still in effect and gatherings of over 10 people are still prohibited in Ohio.  One key aspect of the outline…

Thinking About The Future

Times like these affect how we generally think about the future.  There is palpable fear about contracting the dreaded novel corona virus.  Added to this fear is the uncertainty that the virus has induced everywhere.  Uncertainty about your studies, uncertainty about your jobs, uncertainty about your finances, and uncertainty about your health.  Sometimes this past week I heard the leading infectious disease expert in the United States say ordinary things like shaking hands or hugging friends may be a thing…

COVID-19 April 2nd Update

April 2, 2020 Update: Government of Ohio Extends Stay at Home Order Blessed People of God: The government of Ohio, today, extended the stay at home order till Friday, May 1, 2020.  It takes effect on Monday April 6, when the old order expires.  The order is essentially similar to the previous one, but it also included some little variations to limit overcrowding in grocery stores and state parks.  The full information can be accessed at https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/home.  I urge you all…

March 22nd Update: Government of Ohio Stay at Home Order

Brethren:  Today, the Government of Ohio activated a stay at home order in order to stem the rise of the COVID-19 infections.  This stay at home order takes effect beginning Monday, March 23 at 11:59pm for two weeks, in the first instance.  The details of the order are in the document attached.  Please familiarize yourself with this document so as to know how it affects you personally. Naturally, this order affects the way we have been conducting our services which was based…

March 18th UPDATE

Good morning blessed people of God: As you know, we continue to we have continued to monitor developments on the COVID-19 so we can adjust as it relates to our Worship services.  This is to let you know that the situation of things is about the same, maybe a little tighter, in terms of gathering.  Since we last had our service, gathering at bars, restaurants, and gyms have been banned in Ohio.  CDC has advised against any gathering of people…
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