Pastor’s Pen

[wolf_dropcap text=”P” font=”Montserrat”]raise God from whom all blessings flow! The fact that we have come into the house of prayer one more time is a testament to the reality that we have been kept by the grace of God! After another week of highs and lows, mountains and valleys, sunshine and rain, we have been afforded another glorious opportunity to magnify the Name of our Lord and Savior! As we come together on this Lord’s Day, my hope rests in the desire that we are growing into an understanding of what it means to worship God with our total being. Our hearts, mind and strength ought be comprehensively exhausted in the glorification of our God! Today is an opportunity to give God the very best of everything that we have! This principle of worship is meant not only for Sunday, but in our everyday walk! Hallelujah and Amen!
This kind of worship allows the believer to draw strength to carry God’s light in the midst of a dark world. When considering all of the terrible and tragic events of last week both locally and abroad, we must find strength from God to be courageous enough to stand for Him. This applies especially for those who espouse themselves to the teachings of Jesus Christ. With great disappointment, my spirit was grieved to learn of the unwillingness of the Southern Baptist Convention to outright denounce the fascist Alternate Right Movement. Although I understand the prejudice history and groundings of this particular convention, many hoped that the body would make a substantial stride toward tangible race reconciliation and denounce the illusion of inclusion that has marked the religious body. Scripture shows that the world can only be reshaped by the spirit of Christ when the body sets aside meaningless differences and is courageously unified. Where’s the boldness!?
As we celebrate all that God does for us, I wonder if God is glorified by all that we claim to do for Him? What does the Lord require of us? Does it truly matter how we treat one another? I am amazed when I consider that much of Jesus’ teachings centered on how we treat one another. Yet, many of us fail miserably when it comes to the areas of compassion, consideration, sensitivity, patience and encouragement. What does the Lord require of us? Do justly, love mercy and walk humbly with your God. Today, let us commit ourselves to giving God our best and treating one another with Godly love. Rejoice and be glad!

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