We are all grieved by events in Washington yesterday. It was a display of violence that is both embarrassing and appalling. No "Patriot" could ever defend this breach of the Capital. Many questions need to be answered and guilty ones need to be held accountable. Law and order needs to be affirmed not just in words but in deeds.
As a Christian pastor, I am committed to prayer and counsel from the Word of God to endure any circumstance. So let me share a few truths that I find myself chewing on today. May the Holy Spirit speak to us and empower us to follow the Lord in obedience.
NIV James 1:19-21
My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, 20 because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. 21 Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.
NIV James 3:13-18
Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. 14 But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. 15 Such "wisdom" does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. 16 For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice. 17 But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. 18 Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.
At FCC we are committed to being the church Jesus is calling us to be. We are called to invite all generations and all cultures to share life together that all might be transformed by the power of Jesus Christ. This call remains throughout all circumstances. This year we adopted a verse for the year to help us focus on fulfilling our mission statement.
NIV 1 Timothy 1:5 The goal of this command is love, which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.
This verse will remind us to keep the top priority to love God and all who are created in His image. We will reach this goal as we keep a pure heart, a good conscience and a sincere faith. Let us ask God to give us grace to be the loving disciples He is calling us to be in 2021.
Our next sermon series is focusing on some of the one another commands in the Bible. I will preach on these each week for ten weeks. We have free supplementary resources from Grace101 website. These are materials you can use privately or with a group. They are excellent in calling us to obey these commands in our families and our neighborhoods. Please take a moment to check out the resources at Grace 101 under the title Family 101. You will find more information on our website fcchurch.org.
Let me thank you for your love! I am asking God to teach us to do so more and more.
Your servant for Jesus' sake,