Mid-Week Musings from Lead Pastor Todd Malone
God’s love for you precedes any accomplishment and outlasts every failure. I needed that thought last week. Actually, I need that thought every week. If I am not careful, I will think that God is just like people. People let us down and sometimes they cut off relationship with us when we let them down. People are capable of being petty. Sometimes people are incapable of getting past our mistakes. God is not like that. God gives the fullness of love and grace and mercy like we will never experience from fallen, sinful people. I need that reminder constantly.
How to pray for FBC
I am praying that every ministry at FBC will teach and demonstrate an accurate picture of God’s love. It is very easy to inadvertently teach or show a picture of God that makes Him seem fickle and unpredictable. We can subtly communicate that God’s love for us has more to do with us than Him. We never mean to teach it, but sometimes it comes across that way. I am praying for a consistent, clear message of God’s love.
How to pray for our Community
A friend recently made me aware that this is suicide prevention month. She shared some of the dark despair that haunts people who consider suicide. She has lived in that darkness. I do not want to offer clichés or simple answers to complex issues, but one part of combating that darkness is encountering God’s love – the love that precedes accomplishments and outlasts failures. I am praying that the churches in East Texas will preach God’s love in a way that it saturates our community. Church should be a place where people haunted by darkness can find the light they need.
How to pray for our World
It’s hard to believe that the attack on the Twin Towers in New York happened 18 years ago today. I have been thinking about what life was like right after the attacks. Do you remember how people all over the country flocked to churches looking for answers and comfort? There was a sudden awareness that the normal strategies for life were inadequate to address the deepest questions of life and death, right and wrong. 18 years later, most people have settled back into the same routines and thinking that pre-dated the attacks. God is an afterthought, if He is a thought at all. I am praying that God stirs a desire for Him in this nation, and that it does not take another mass tragedy.
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