Had a thought this morning (imagine that) as I was contemplating the debate last night among our choices for President. Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 1:2-3 these words, "To God's church that was made holy by Christ Jesus and called to be God's holy people in the city of Corinth and to people everywhere who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. GOOD WILL AND PEACE FROM GOD OUR FATHER AND THE LORD JESUS CHRIST ARE YOURS!"
God had not given up on the wicked city of Corinth and used the Apostle Paul to establish a church there to make a difference. Those believers were placed in an extremely hostile environment. There had to be times when they felt overwhelming discouragement (beginning to see the connection I'm trying to make?) as they served their community. And in the midst of their struggles Paul told them they already had God's good will and peace.
I've yet to meet someone who is excited about our choices for President. Most people would like to have a "do over" on the primaries. We cannot go back, we can only go forward. Therefore, the people of God must step up and serve as the salt and light we've been called to be. This Presidential election may very well be God's wake up call to His church. The reality is we've not reached our potential in flavoring and lighting our culture. THIS IS NOT A TIME FOR DISCOURAGEMENT! IT IS TIME TO CLAIM GOD'S GOOD WILL AND PEACE AND BECOME THE INFLUENCE WE WERE MADE TO BE! May God's good will and peace be evident in our thoughts, actions and speech today.
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
During my time on the Lubbock City Council we continually talked about infrastructure. Infrastructure consists of streets, sewer and water lines, just to name a few items. Anytime we considered City growth through annexation we had to plan for the infrastructure that could support the growth.
Fast forward to Sunday night, September 11, 2016. Bacon Heights added considerable spiritual infrastructure by ordaining 19 new deacons. The front of our worship center was packed with the men and their families along with those praying over them.
These new deacons have completed a 6 month process of determining God's will. These all sense God's call upon their lives to serve Him in the role of deacon. This means God is preparing our church for significant ministry.
Henry Blackaby used to teach that if you want to know what God is getting ready to do in your church, look at who He's sending to join you. I believe a case can be made to see who God is calling out as leaders. Everything I see tells me God is preparing us for our greatest days which are yet to come. Consequently, we must prepare FOR THE FUTURE.
More to come....