Mid-Week Musings from Lead Pastor Todd Malone
Jesus promised a peace that was unlike anything we find in the world. This promise is often understood to mean that when we are in trouble, Jesus will drop an unexplainable calmness on us. I know many times that Jesus has done this for me and others, but I think there is more to the promise. In fact, I don’t think this is a promise that we will feel calm all the time. Jesus is inviting us into a way of life that fosters peace. He invites us to take His teaching seriously and follow it. This is the life that leads to peace. We might not be calm all the time, but we will know that we are always in God’s care. That was my biggest insight from the sermon. I need to focus on walking with Jesus in a way that nurtures peace every day in every circumstance. When the crisis comes, I will already be experiencing the peace that the world cannot give.
How to pray for FBC
Pray that God uses FBC to help people live in peace.
Further, several FBCers have contracted Covid over the past two or three weeks. Pray for their quick and complete recovery.
How to pray for our Community
The closing of Dudley’s restaurant reminded me that the battle to stay in business is far from over for many small business owners. Although restrictions have been lessened, much damage has already been done. Businesses struggle to dig out of the hole that has been growing since March. Let’s faithfully pray for the small businesses in our community.
How to pray for our World
Pray for peace in our nation. As we noted on Sunday, biblical peace includes wholeness, healing, thriving relationships, justice, and secure love in addition to what we usually think of: no conflict. This is a great way to pray for our country. Pray that we would be a nation where such peace can exist.