Mid-Week Musings from Lead Pastor Todd Malone
What is your picture of the Christian life? Is it the things to do, the rules to obey, the mission to accomplish? Those are not bad things, but they do not go far enough. Jesus calls us to abide with Him – to know Him intimately. An intimate walk with God means being aware throughout each day that God is present with us, working in and through us. An intimate walk with God is living in the daily awareness of our dependence on God and His unfailing love. That is the kind of relationship I want with the Lord. It is what I am asking Him to build in me.
How to pray for FBC
Pray that we would be a church that calls people to intimacy with God, not To Do lists.
How to pray for our Community
I know I keep coming back to this, but please pray for our area businesses. So many different types of businesses are struggling. I have noticed several restaurants that will not reopen. I can’t help but think about the owners and employees who are hurting. Let’s keep going before the Lord on behalf of our local businesses.
How to pray for our World
Our elections are getting closer. We have prayed for the primary process. I am going to take time this week to ask the Lord to prepare the hearts of the candidates and voters in the days ahead. My deepest fear: it’s not going to matter who wins, the country will further divide. I am asking the Lord to prepare the hearts of everyone involved to seek Him first, no matter what happens.
Ruth Vance Memorial
Ruth Vance is now experiencing the intimacy with God that we long for. She modeled a life of abiding with Jesus for many of us in the church. We are eager to celebrate her blessing in our lives. The Vances plan to have this celebration in the months ahead. This will allow the rest of the family to come to East Texas. Hopefully, we will have fewer Covid-related restrictions as well. Many people have already provided food for Jim, Debbie, and Bruce – rumor has it that their fridge is overflowing. The Encore group plans to send cards to Jim to let him know they love him and support him in his loss. This is a marvelous idea. I encourage you to reach out to Jim in that way as well.