Mid-Week Musings from Lead Pastor Todd Malone
Slade’s quote from a Lutheran pastor stuck with me: “God doesn’t need your good works, your neighbor does.” I fight thinking that my good works do God a favor or win extra points with Him. God doesn’t need them. There is nothing that I accomplish in my good works that God could not accomplish without me. But my neighbor needs to experience God’s love in tangible ways. And when I do that, it pleases God. I should remember that I also need my good works. Sacrificing to serve others helps me internalize God’s sacrificial love for me – and that is what I need most.
How to pray for FBC
This coming Sunday, being the closest to Christmas, will likely bring in some folks who do not ordinarily walk into a church. My prayer is that they will be received well by our congregation – maybe we can start some new friendships with people who do not know the Lord. I am also praying that the gospel is proclaimed clearly & boldly, and that the Holy Spirit will penetrate hearts with it.
How to pray for our Community and World
Peace on Earth seems more than we could hope for, but it was the angels’ promise when they announced Jesus’ birth to the shepherds. It wasn’t a blanket promise, something that would automatically happen to everyone just because they announced it. It was a promise based in the birth of Jesus. Jesus would be the source of peace. And He is. The antidote to the combativeness that permeates our culture is the presence of Christ in each person’s life. I am praying for peace on Earth this Christmas, which means I am praying for people to come to Christ.