Thank God for Fleas Have you discovered the treasures in The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom? Let me remind you of one of my favorite stories in this gem. Corrie along with her family find themselves in Nazi concentration | Read More
Have you discovered the treasures in The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom? Let me remind you of one of my favorite stories in this gem.
Corrie along with her family find themselves in Nazi concentration camp for providing refuge to Jews. Women and children have been overcrowded into this ramshackle barracks. Fleas have infested their bedding and clothing. Can you imagine? Bugs crawling on your body day & night, incessantly. It began to take its toll on Corrie. Her older sister Betsie challenged her to thank God for the fleas. She of course at first found this incredulous. But God showed her.
Corrie and Betsie smuggled the Bible into this cesspool. Why? The Word was their safest refuge. Ever faithful witnesses, the two sisters began a Bible Study in the back of their ‘roach motel.’ Non-believers and wayward souls would join in. The light of Jesus shone in the darkest of places through them. How could they do this night after night? The fleas!?! The guards avoided it. The Lord sent fleas to keep them away.
Are you thanking God for your ‘fleas?’ It may be a person or a situation. Are you a faithful witness? Are you shining the gospel difference in your dark corner? It cannot happen with grumbling and complaining. People won’t listen. You must thank God for your fleas and your blessings.
I close with Paul’s charge. ‘Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you,’ 1 Thessalonians 5.18.
FIRST FAMILY THANKSGIVING Our annual Thanksgiving Banquet is this Sunday. It will be catered and immediately follow worship. If you forgot to register, no problem, we want you to come on! FOOD DRIVE FOR CCA This week bring | Read More
Five Great Questions How would you answer these questions? What will be the center of my life? What will be the character of my life? What will be the contribution of my life? What will be the communication of my | Read More
FIRST FAMILY THANKSGIVING Our annual First Family Thanksgiving is Sunday, November 19 immediately following worship. It will be catered this year. Tickets are $7/person ($28/family maximum). Do not let the cost keep you from attending. FOOD DRIVE FOR CCA This | Read More
Created for Community I urge us all to pray faithfully for the community of Sutherland Springs. The attack on FBC Sutherland Springs was an attack on us as well because we are all the body of Christ. Read what the | Read More
I urge us all to pray faithfully for the community of Sutherland Springs. The attack on FBC Sutherland Springs was an attack on us as well because we are all the body of Christ. Read what the pastor’s wife said on Monday. ‘Our church was not comprised of members or parishioners. We were a very close family. We ate together, we laughed together, we cried together and worshiped together.’
We did that on Sunday. Yet, how do we move forward? How do we respond? How can we protect our church?
First of all, you should know that your leaders are working to enhance our security plan. I say this with great confidence. You are safe when you come to worship here. What do we do now?
Church security expert Carl Chinn believes the common denominator for church shootings is glaringly obvious. Each gunman was a disgruntled member or visitor. Church security begins with church discipline. Church discipline begins with discipleship and instruction. In other words, exactly, what we did yesterday.
Let’s return for a minute to 2 Corinthians 13. I quickly shared my explanation of Paul’s brief exhortations. Here they are again. First, rejoice. We celebrate who God is and what God has done together in community. Secondly, aim for restoration. We build up one another. ‘Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died,’ Romans 8.34. Third, we comfort one another. Comfort or ‘parakelo’ means ‘to call alongside.’ We come alongside one another so that no one must walk alone. Pastors, deacons, small group leaders, etc., cannot do this alone; it takes us all. Next, agree with one another. What is our agreement? Christ is (Philippians 4). We advance the gospel together as a church. Then, live in peace. Peace or ‘shalom’ refers to being whole. It takes faith, love, and humility among other virtues. Obviously, it prohibits needless controversies or debates about tertiary matters. Finally, greet with one another with a kiss. How do we greet one another? With a growl or with grace? Yesterday, we created space for us to intentionally do this. More and more, we need come together as a family. That requires patience and compassion.
What motivates us? Why do this? Then and only then will God show up and manifest his presence. That’s when revival and awakening occurs. Could anyone doubt the need today for revival in our land? Governor Abbot admitted the problem was not a lack of legislation on CNN this morning. The real problem is the human heart. Only God can change that.