Softly and Tenderly by Accapella
Address: 1628 Broadway, Galveston, Texas 77551
We Are: The Broadway Church of Christ which comprises people who meet regularly to share in worship, study, prayer, and friendship? In Jesus Christ, we have found new directions for our lives, and we are now seeking to follow the Lord’s instructions so we can learn to be people who care for others.
We have resumed meeting at the church site, using the preventative protocols and latest health guidelines regarding covid protection.
We have adopted the latest health guidelines and protocols where those who are fully vaccinated are encouraged to attend our meetings either masked or unmasked.
May God continue to guide and protect us as we gather to worship.
A message from our Preacher, Allen Isbell.
From the beginning, a minority voice among Christian groups has protested rules about “social distancing.” Some protests are based on Constitutional grounds; others on “faith” grounds. As a lawyer, I am keenly interested in freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, and worship freely. As a minister, I am sensitive to any claim that we must obey God and not men. Some pastors and ministers portray the coronavirus more as a “spiritual force of evil” than a biomedical disease. For them, obeying the “stay at home” or “social distancing” orders shows “little faith.” They assure their congregants that they will be “spared” from the deadly virus by special divine protection. They encourage and demand civil disobedience. This belief is rooted in teaching, known as exceptionalism. As applied, exceptionalism means that a true believer will be immune to the deadly virus, though it may be fatal to a non-believer. Suspending public worship is a sign of little faith. I want to share what I have been thinking about.
Spiritual bravado may be deceptively attractive. I have been thinking about the experience Jesus faced in his initial temptations (Matthew 4:1-11). Jesus rebuffed the temptation to turn “these stones into bread” to satisfy his intense hunger by quoting Scripture: It is written Man does not live by bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God. Cunningly, the Tempter decided that if Jesus wanted to play the “Faith Card,” he had one to play also. So, he took Jesus to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” the tempter said, “throw yourself down.
For it is written: ‘He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you in their hands so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.” What a dilemma! If you believe Scripture, you will jump! If you don’t jump, how can you say you believe what you claim?
Jesus had a word that may apply in our current situation. It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test. Concurrent with faith in God’s care and protection is the responsibility to use reason in making decisions.
Part of me is drawn to the claim of exceptionalism.
But do we “put the Lord your God to the test” if we disregard reason and biological information.
Soon, we will be meeting together in public worship again. But this decision requires careful thought and prayer, especially because so many of our members are vulnerable to the virus due to age and underlying health issues.
The decision to suspend corporate worship was not made lightly! The question of when to resume corporate worship is not an easy decision. Please pray that we will make the right decision. Allen C. Isbell (Minister)
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Allen Isbell Sermon 1/16/2022
Allen Isbell New Years Message 1/9/2022
Larry Smith Standing on the Promises of God! 1/2/2022
Allen Isbell Christmas Sermon 12/19/2021
Joe Barnett Sermon 12/8/2021
Allen Isbell Sermon 11/28/2021
Allen Isbell Sermon 11/21/2021
Allen Isbell Sermon on money 11/7/2021
Allen Isbell Sermon 10/31/2021
Allen Isbell Power of Forgiveness 10/24/2021
Allen Isbell: Eph. 3:20 Paul’s prayer for the church. 10/10/21
Larry Smith “Be the change, you wish to see in the world!” 10/3/2021
Allen Isbell 9/26/2021
Allen Isbell 9/19/2021
Allen Isbell 9/12/2021
Allen Isbell 9/5/2021
Larry Smith Restoring Broadway 8/29/2021
Allen Isbell The Way of the Righteous 8/22/2021
Allen Isbell The Salt of the Earth 8/15/2021
Allen Isbell The Race (Heb. 12:1-12) 8/8/2021
Allen Isbell The Gift of Grace 8/1/2021
Allen Isbell Sermon 7/25/2021
Larry Smith For This I am Grateful 7/18/2021
Allen Isbell Living by faith Heb. 11 July 4, 2021
Allen Isbell Living by Faith/Confidence in God June 27, 2021
Allen Isbell Living by Faith June 20, 2021
Allen Isbell Living by Faith June 13, 2021
Larry Smith Handling Grief June 6, 2021
Allen Isbell Living by Faith Heb.11:7 May 29, 2021
Our preacher, Allen Isbell, and his wife, Mikey
Joe Knox, Secretary-Treasurer
Our Minister, Larry Smith, and his wife, Patricia