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Covenant Bible Church History Conference

Covenant Bible Church of Chugiak, Alaska is hosting its 11th Annual History Conference November 2, 2019. Dr Christopher Schlect is the featured speaker. More information is available here.

Virgil Hurt Provides Encouraging Update

Virgil Hurt has provided the following update as he recovers from the heart attack he sustained on September 21:

On Friday, September 21, I had a heart attack accompanied by cardiac arrest (heart stoppage) at home. Chance of survival of that event is less than 10%. Katie was at home and found me collapsed a few seconds after I fell. Her subsequent panic was one of many things the Lord Jesus providentially used to save my life. She was unable to put in her phone code to call 911, so she ran outside screaming “help me Jesus!” And stopped a car in the road and asked them to phone 911. Our neighbor, John, heard her yells and was in the house doing chest compressions within 20-30 seconds after Katie’s yells, maybe 1-2 minutes after collapse? This saved my life. Another neighbor, Holly, was just then leaving town and was literally driving away when she heard and saw the commotion. She knew that another neighbor across the street, Ben, was an EMT (I still haven’t met Ben, this earthly savior of mine.) John and Ben saved my life and their chest compressions kept me from brain damage. There is a fire department three blocks from our house. They arrived within a few minutes. Our EMTs are a highly trained group and pride themselves at saving people at a much higher rate than the national average. They arrived and took over from John and Ben. (I am not totally clear on all the details). John and Ben had gotten a pulse back but when the EMTs loaded me in the ambulance, my heart arrested again. They had to shock it back to beating, but it arrested two more times on the way to the hospital, which is only 7 minutes away and is one of the top cardiac hospitals in Virginia. So my heart stopped four separate times. Survival chances at this point almost nil. To God be the glory.

At the hospital, they put me in a medically induced coma by inserting a rod in my leg that cooled my blood to a hypothermic state. This was for 48 hours. The purpose of this is to protect the brain from more extensive damage. During this time, no one knew if I would wake up or be seriously brain damaged if I did. I really can’t afford to give up any extra brain cells you know!

When they started to warm me on Sunday, I finally woke up. Death on Friday, resurrected on Sunday. What an honor to follow in the steps of Jesus.

I awoke and started telling stories and joking with the family. I don’t remember this but they took some video and it is pretty hilarious. I told about the time in high school in Twin Falls, Idaho, driving my mom’s brown Bomber down the road that goes from Shoshone Falls to Twin Falls. Is that Falls Ave? I got that old beater going 119 mph on that road. I think I was with Sean Hackett and Doug Clark. Do you guys remember that? We flew over some of the rises in the road and sparks flew as we bottomed out. I lived to tell that story, too!

The family was rejoicing until my nose started bleeding. You know you can bleed out from a nose bleed? I almost did. I lost about 1/2 my blood, 6 units, and this became the new threat. They took emergency measures to plug the flow hoping it would eventually clot and gave me a transfusion to replace the blood loss.

On Wednesday, still in Cardiac ICU, they removed the Foley from my nose that stopped the blood flow and it finally had stopped bleeding. I’ve had a couple small nose bleeds, just a few drops since then. One prayer request would be for no new nose bleeds.

On Thursday, they moved me out of ICU and sent me home Friday, almost exactly at the same time I had collapsed the previous Friday.

All of my children and their spouses were here and it was a special time. God has been very kind to Katie and me in the offspring department.

I believe that God works all things together for good for those that love Him and are the called according to His purposes. This means my life or my death. I am thankful to be alive but was prepared to meet Jesus. Why? Because I am a good man? No, I am not, not in my own name, or in my flesh. I did not deserve to live nor do I deserve God’s favor. It is all grace. Because Jesus died on the cross for sinners, I can lay claim to His work by faith in Him with whom we have to do. Only on this basis can I come boldly into the throne room of God. When I come to the Father, in the name of Jesus, empowered by the Holy Spirit, the Father receives me as He would His own dear Son. That is what we mean when we pray, In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Furthermore, I believe that the Lord Jesus is the all powerful ruler of all things. We do not yet see all things in subjection to Him, but we do see Jesus, by faith, who is ascended to the right hand of the Father ruling over heaven and earth. One day, we will see all earthly institutions in subjection to Him because He is the Lord of the nations. (Psalm 2).

Do you have faith in Jesus? If you died today, would you be ready to confess your own unworthiness to meet Him, having confessed and repented of your sins and turned to the finished work of Jesus on the cross? Is your basis for making it to heaven, your goodness or His? You need to know the right answer to that question.

Please feel free to email me or call if you want to talk about faith in Jesus.

Thank you all for your concern and prayers. The Lord is gracious and kind, long-suffering, and quick to forgive sins. Put your trust fully in Him.

The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord make His face to shine upon you. The Lord lift up His countenance upon You and give you peace. Amen.

We praise God for his protection and recovery to date, and continue to pray for full healing.

Pray for Virgil Hurt

Please pray together with us for Virgil Hurt, the CREC Presiding Minister of Council. He sustained a serious heart attack on Friday, September 21.

Virgil is pastor of Providence Church in Lynchburg, Virginia, and was elected Presiding Minister in 2017.

Update: Virgil regained consciousness on Sunday afternoon (September 23), and was in good spirits, although his short term memory was fuzzy. This site will be updated as we learn more regarding his current condition and long-term prognosis.

CREC Issues Statement on Sexuality

In the face of current trends and events, the CREC has issued a Statement on Sexuality.

The document was crafted by Presiding Minister Virgil Hurt with input from numerous CREC leaders. Its aim is to clarify the CREC’s position regarding matters such as LGBQ “identity.”

Two Decades for Nacodoches

Congratulations to Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church of Nacogdoches, Texas, which celebrates its twentieth anniversary next month.

Grace Covenant will mark the anniversary on June 9, inducting Ben Alexander as an assistant pastor at the same time.

Covenant Bible Church Celebrates 60 Years of Ministry in Alaska

Covenant Bible Church of Chugiak, Alaska celebrates its 60th anniversary this year. Among other celebrations, the church is hosting Anselm Presbytery’s proceedings in Anchorage this year, September 24–30.

Learn more about Covenant Bible Church’s history here.

Virgil Hurt Elected CREC Presiding Minister

Virgil Hurt, pastor of Providence Church in Lynchburg, Virginia since 2000, has been elected as the CREC’s new Presiding Minister of Council.

Hurt previously served as PM of Augustine Presbytery (2010–2012). He succeeds Douglas Wilson, who has served as CREC PM since 2014.

A native of Idaho, Hurt holds a Bachelors in Philosophy from Idaho State University, and received his ministerial training via Greyfriars Hall.

Virgil has been married to his lovely wife, Katie for 30 years. They have five grown children and one still in high school, as well as one grandchild.

CREC Presiding Ministers Review Committee Releases Report

The CREC Presiding Ministers Review Committee has completed and released its report assessing how Christ Church in Moscow, Idaho has handled two sexual abuse cases involving parishioners. The report offers commendations, correctives and recommendations. The full report may be viewed here.

Edit: A companion report for Trinity Church in Moscow, Idaho has been subsequently released. The Trinity version of the report may be viewed here.

The Committee’s work took place upon request of Christ Church. Read the initial announcement here.

CREC Churches in Poland Launch New Psalter

The CREC churches in Poland have published a new selection of 50 Psalms in Polish. The new Psalter premiered on Saturday, March 25.

The Psalter features Genevan tunes with new arrangements, paired to Polish texts. The churches look forward to completing the remaining 100 Psalms.

2017 CREC Triennial Council

The CREC’s Triennial Council will next meet November 13–16, 2017 in Miramar Beach, Florida. The context for the proceedings will be the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort.

CREC Pastors, register now for your Church to be involved.