Mid-Week Musings from Lead Pastor Todd Malone
In Ephesians 2:1-10, Paul gives a scathing appraisal of who we were apart from Christ. We followed the thinking and values of a godless culture; we were under the control of Satan and spiritual evil; and we liked it that way. Then, in the middle of the passage, Paul gives us two words that send us into celebration: “but God.” God responded to our spiritual deadness with mercy, motivated by love and based on grace. That is how He responds to you today: with mercy, motivated by love and based on grace.
NEW LIFE GROUP: FOUNDATIONS
FBC will launch a new Life Group on October 6th. The class will be called “Foundations” and will discuss some of the foundational aspects of the Christian life. It doesn’t matter if you are a brand-new Christian or have been a Christian for years – these are the truths and practices that we come back to again and again in the Christian life. Wayne Allred and I will team teach the class. You may sign up HERE.
How to pray for FBC
The Trustee Board (the Deacons and Elders) are finalizing the list of candidates to join the Board in 2020. Please pray that the Lord assembles the right group of men. Pray that the process is edifying and helpful for all involved.
How to pray for our Community
A conference is happening this weekend that will bring together over 100 pastors from churches across East Texas. We will receive training and encouragement from Christian author and counselor Larry Crabb. One of the stated points of this conference is to connect pastors with one another to inch us toward unity. Churches in East Texas are notorious for not working well together. Pray this begins to change.
How to Pray for our World
I had some strong knee-jerk reactions to the discussions around impeaching President Trump. In the past few hours, my reactions are settling into sadness. I am sad that our politicians cannot seem to see past their own agendas. Honestly, both sides have some guilt in this. I want to see our leaders be able to disagree about their convictions without being demonized. I want to see our leaders able to admit mistakes without being crushed. As I thought about it, I want to see our leadership respond to one another the way the Lord responds to us: with mercy for our brokenness, motivated by love and based on grace. This seems way too much to ask, but it is how I am praying.