The followers of Jesus must have seen his crucifixion as a terrible defeat and the end of their fondest hopes and dreams for the future. Even though Jesus had told them again and again what was coming, their eyes seemed to be so full of the joy and blessing that Jesus was bringing to the world around them that they could not take His message in. At times they even opposed his forecast of suffering. In spite of all this, look at the world changing good that has come from what Jesus did on the cross. From man’s side the cross was an evil act, but from God’s side it was a life changing and world changing victory.

Fast forward to 2020. Most of the people now living have never seen anything like this plague that is causing so much pain and death around the world. The various wars were certainly horrific, but life for many was relatively normal even in those times. It is hard to realize how few people now living even remember World War II as a conscious memory during their lifetime.

This morning I was in a virtual meeting in which I had a dialogue with pastors and Christian leaders. Every one of us said that our people are watching broadcasts on the internet at greater numbers than we typically have in attendance on a given Sunday. I have heard many testimonies of people searching for hope and purpose during these days. Could it be that God is shaking the things that may be shaken in order to push His people toward the unshakable things of our fatih? (Hebrews 12:27) If God grants the revival that many of us have prayed for over the past decades because of this pandemic, then good will come out of evil once again. From the human side, all suffering comes from sin. From God’s side suffering can bring about redemption. One thing is certain. God is in ultimate control.

Dan Wooldridge


Throughout my years in ministry I have always said that every Sunday is Resurrection Sunday. Some people fail to realize that even orthodox Jews who chose to follow Jesus in the early years of Christianity changed their day of worship from the Sabbath (Saturday) to Sunday (the first day of the week). Why does this matter? It looks like we will not be allowed to gather on Easter in Georgetown unless something changes dramatically in the Austin area. I would encourage anyone faced with that prospect to realize that the next time we worship together in one place is Resurrection Sunday. It should be met with all of the enthusiasm, joy, and celebration that any Easter might bring. I would also hope that people will flock back to churches and do so with a new sense of the glory of being together in the name and in the presence of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. We need a heaven sent revival in our nation. We need that revival more than anything else. While so many are focused on the containment of this virus, I pray they will realize that there is a spiritual plague that has been ravaging our country for a long time. This spiritual infection is pervasive and unavoidable, but there is a glorious cure through the blood of Jesus.

Join me in looking forward to our next opportunity to worship together. Whenever that is, it will be Easter Sunday for me.

Pastor Dan


You can never be sure who reads these posts, but for those who do I will be back at my desk today. I took a brief break this week. (Though I found myself speaking on Wednesday on line and writing countless emails.) Today I am available by phone and email to anyone who needs the contact. I will be proactive in getting in touch with people. I hope you will join me in a special time of prayer each day focused on the end of this crisis. I hope you will also pray that God will use this time in people’s lives to draw them close to himself.

May I recommend a Scripture reading today from Jeremiah 29: 1-23. This is the prophet Jeremiah’s God given instructions to Israel while in exile in Babylon. Do not fail to notice the faith and hope promoted in the letter. It is a timely word to us as we adjust to strange circumstances. For many of us it is the strangest time of our lives. It makes me think of what it may have been like to be in England when the Nazis were dropping bombs on the United Kingdom during World War II. I know the war was worse, but the forced adjustments are the part that may slightly compare. I personally have never been through a time like this, and I imagine that is true of many who read this. During the war, many people sent their children to rural areas of England to shelter them from the bombings. I have heard similar stories of people scattering to rural areas of Texas and the United States where there are no registered cases of the virus. I surely hope they are not carrying the virus with them as they go. Enough of this. Read the passage in Jeremiah and trust the Lord. Our God is greater than anything that can come against us.

Pastor Dan


It is very hard to change from a person who has spent his life trying to encourage others to follow Jesus to a person in solitary confinement. In fact, it is not possible. I can hardly wait until we get the green light to put a hand on someone’s shoulder and convey the kindness of the Lord. There is a line in something written by Teresa of Avila which reads, “Christ has no body on earth but yours, No hands, no feet on earth but yours.” She powerfully made the point that we can reveal Jesus if we love and serve him in the power of the Holy Spirit. Our touch can be the touch of Christ. This may sound mystical, but that is exactly what we mean when we speak of the church as the Body of Christ. This temporary distance must come to a close. Being the Body of Christ is more important than life itself. For a time we are lovingly withdrawing, but God will call us forth to once again touch the world. May we all do so with a new resolve and a new vigor. The old saying “Absence makes the heart grow fonder.” is compounded when the call of God is fervent and the time is short. It truly is short you know. One day we shall all be with the risen Lord and with one another for eternity. Until then we must continue to reach out and touch the world.

Pastor Dan


These days have been the strangest days of my life. I sometimes feel like a character in a science fiction movie. The adjustments we are being asked to make right now are understandable, but let us not be deceived into thinking that we are in control of our own destiny. We all have an appointment with God someday. Maybe this is why we are going through this. It is an opportunity for us to realize our dependence on God. Our hope is in the Lord and not in our government. We should each avow that when this strange time has passed we will not forget the lessons learned in these days. No matter how much we have tried to limit our contact with one another, God is never distant. He is with us. We should be finding more time for prayer and reflection on the real purpose of life

. We should also have greater respect for those who are faithfully serving us in these days regardless of personal risk. Just as we have remembered fireman rushing into burning towers in 2001, we should remember medical personnel and other public servants who have courageously met needs in the midst of quarantines.

Those lessons of 2001 as well as the lessons of today remind me of a God who would not keep his distance from a sinful and fallen world. He sent his one and only Son into the world to come into contact with all of the contamination of sin in order to overcome it for those who would believe in Him. He would not keep His distance then, and He is not keeping His distance now.

Be encouraged!

Pastor Dan