Charisma | How a Look at Your Past Can Bring Peace for Your Future

Uncertainty is one of the few things we can be guaranteed in life. Success, health, family, a long life and financial security are not—despite all the energy and time we spend trying to make them a guarantee.

During the latest season of life in which we find ourselves, it seems there is more uncertainty now than I can recall in my adult life. A huge part of that uncertainty for me is how I can lead my church through this pandemic and how we will transition into whatever comes next, as well as how we will transition back to normalcy. I’ve had to lean on the Holy Spirit for wisdom more than I ever have in my 31 years at Free Chapel. He’s led me to make bold decisions and hard decisions all at the same time.

In times like these, it’s important to remember we’ve had times like these before. As I contemplated a new reality for the church, I was struck by the parallel between the 1918 Spanish flu and today’s pandemic. There are obvious similarities, but what I wanted to know was, how did the church survive? I have no doubt that Christianity would, but it is interesting to see how the church held fast to its community and continued to pour into its people.

Jentezen Franklin is the senior pastor of Free Chapel, a multicampus church. Each week his television program, Kingdom Connection, is broadcast on major networks all over the world. A New York Times’ bestselling author, Franklin has written 10 books, including his most recent, Acres of Diamonds, along with Fasting and Love Like You’ve Never Been Hurt.