A classic definition of grace, God’s unmerited favor, is a nice start, but it doesn’t tell you what grace actually is. I shared a definition on Sunday that I found very helpful: Grace is the work of God in our lives to enable us to do what we cannot do on our own. We cannot accomplish our own salvation. We cannot make ourselves love God more and love people more. We cannot make ourselves stop loving sin. We muster all the resources we can for these things, but it’s really God who accomplishes the work. This gives me incredible peace – God is at work in me and He will accomplish His purposes.
How to pray for FBC
The mini fairs are a great way to connect with neighbors on Halloween. Four families are hosting them in neighborhoods around Longview this year. But they need help (things like passing out candy, running games, etc.). Please pray that the Lord will bring those people to help. If you are interested, contact Rebecca Simcox at the church.
How to Pray for Our Community
Steve Vance and I had a great meeting with Bonnie Hull today. Bonnie is an FBCer who works with Partners in Prevention, a local organization that works with children in the area. Steve and I are praying for ways that FBC can support their efforts. Partners in Prevention is overflowing with opportunities to mentor area children. Please pray that the Lord provides the people.
How to Pray for Our World
It was a joy to have Dave and Cherie McDeavitt with us this Sunday. Let’s continue to pray for the Lord’s work through their ministry to the Kurdish people in Iraq.
I mentioned two books in Sunday’s Congregational Meeting: Gospel Fluency by Jeff Vanderstelt, and With by Skye Jethani. Both books will deepen your understanding of how the gospel shapes your life today. They are worth reading several times.