From the Pastor’s Heart,
Our hearts go out to all those who are suffering from the results of hurricane Harvey. Apparently this was the worst storm our country has ever experienced. I found it interesting to hear news reporters refer to it as a storm of Biblical proportions. However, the amazing thing is how the country has come together in helping those in need. I read today that Israel has even sent personnel to give assistance. In the midst of all the recent hate and violence it is a welcome change to see pictures of whites rescuing blacks and blacks rescuing whites. At times like this the true heart of our nation comes out. It doesn’t seem we are as racially divided as it is made out to be.
I believe the vast majority of Americans are decent, common sense people who get along well together and are ready to help one another. We need to pray that the extreme groups like the KKK on the right and the Antifa on the left will be rejected and receive due justice for their hate and violence and the damage they try to do. They do not represent the hearts of the American people. As a church we need to take a stand and pray against all evil, hatred, and violence. We need to become the light that the Scripture says we are and dispel the darkness and expose the evil around us. We need a spiritual awakening and may it begin in our own hearts.
This coming Sunday as we continue our series in Ephesians we will see what the Scripture says about relationships in the family and the church. In preparation I encourage you to read Ephesians 5:21-6:4. After the message on Sunday we may want to take a little time at our ministry team meeting to discuss it. Other than that, the main agenda for our meeting will be to finalize some of the details of the small groups we plan to form for our eight week study on emotionally healthy spirituality. According to the survey from last Sunday we may need to form a couple of additional groups to give more options. However, to do that we will need additional leaders. Be thinking and praying about that. Perhaps God wants you to lead or host a group. Just a reminder, lunch will be provided for those that attend the meeting.