Paul’s message of the gospel can be trusted because it is true. Jim’s sermon pointed out numerous ways Galatians 1:10-24 establishes the truth of the gospel. This message is important when we face crisis (like hurricanes, for example). We do not believe the gospel because it comforts us; we are comforted by the gospel because it is true. Non-Christians often think that we believe the gospel to help us cope with life. But if the gospel isn’t true, it’s of no value for eternal salvation or comfort in this life. If the gospel isn’t true, we are just whistling in the dark. We take comfort in crisis because it is true that God loves me despite my failures. He values me so much that he pursued me with the very life of his Son. No crisis I face can separate me from the love of God in Christ Jesus.
Next Sunday’s Passage
Next Sunday’s passage will be Galatians 2:1-10. This passage shows us how the gospel affects our relationships. Take some time and read ahead.
How to pray for FBC
MOPS (Mothers of PreSchoolers) launched this week. Pray for a great year. We have several moms attend who don’t know the Lord. Let’s pray that they come to know the Lord this year.
Pray for the FBCers who are traveling to help with hurricane relief.
How to pray for our Community
Tuesday’s Longview News-Journal ran an article about the mental health challenges facing East Texas. We have greater need and fewer resources than the state averages. This leads to higher than average rates of depression and suicide. Let’s pray for the provision of resources to these hurting people. As I mentioned above, the greatest comfort is in the truth of the gospel. Let’s pray that those who are hurting without the gospel will find it.
How to pray for our World
Monday was September 11 – and yes, I remember where I was when I heard about the attack on the twin towers. I also remember how many people flocked to churches looking for answers. Unfortunately, most of those who flocked to church left once they were over the initial shock. Let’s pray for a different long-term result for those dealing with the hurricanes that hit Florida and Texas.
Helping Houston & Florida
Pray, Give, Go – those are three opportunities to help those affected by the hurricanes. Let’s continue to pray for the victims of Harvey and Irma. Check out the links on our website for ways to be involved through Samaritan’s Purse and 8 Days of Hope.
Office Hours Change
One small way we can save money is to keep the office closed on Fridays. In reality, the pastoral staff is already off that day. Let us know if there is something you need done before the weekend. We can work with you to get it done when the office is open.