Mid-Week Musings from Lead Pastor Todd Malone
Being able to worship together online is a tremendous blessing. I am grateful for the technology to see people in the chat room, get caught up, and share together. I am thankful that there is an option for people those who need to stay home. Please know that you are very much a part of the Sunday service. I think about you when I prepare the sermon and when I preach. I know our worship teams also consider you a part of their ministry.
It was also special to see people at FBC on Sunday. There are elements of being together in person that you cannot duplicate online. Even with masks and social distancing, it was nice to be able to wave at people in person. I even discovered, very unexpectedly, that we can have a church service without a coffee station. Of course, I brought two travel mugs full of coffee.
The staff and leadership are working on plans to open up the church more. It will take time, but we will start adding back the ministries we all miss. As you know, some of it is out of our hands, so we all have to continue being patient. I am especially looking forward to the day when we are all together in one service (with comfy chairs). It will be soon and we will celebrate!
Romans 7:7-25 might be one of the toughest passages for last Sunday. A passage about God’s victory or a Psalm of worship would have been easier than a passage about the powerful influence of sin. But it is an important passage for us. Sin’s influence lives deep inside us, but it surfaces like a shark when life feels out of control. We rebel against authorities (including God). We make our own desires our highest priority. We become deep lovers of self.
If you are wondering what God is doing right now, I can give you a partial answer. He is drawing out the sin that influences you, so you can see it clearly. He is helping you spotlight where the Holy Spirit is fighting sin’s influence. He is showing how He wants to grow you to be like Christ.
My prayer is that each of us will respond to what God is doing. We will pay attention to how sin influences us. We will go to the Holy Spirit in prayer about it. We will seek the support of others to help us grow.
In Psalm 27 David prays for the one thing he wants: to be near to the Lord. He wants to know the Lord better, to see His wonder and beauty. Verses 4 and 5 capture this well. I suggest we use it as a guide to pray for this week.
4 One thing have I asked of the LORD,
that will I seek after:
that I may dwell in the house of the LORD
all the days of my life,
to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD
and to inquire in his temple.
5 For he will hide me in his shelter
in the day of trouble;
he will conceal me under the cover of his tent;
he will lift me high upon a rock.