When it rains it pours. This could easily refer to the weather forecast that we have had in the last couple of months. The meteorologists say that we are breaking decade’s old rain fall records. CTL member Gayle Summerville informed me that “the annual rain fall in Georgia has exceeded Seattle, Washington.” But I am not talking about rain, I am referring to life in general. Underneath these cloudy skies we have had some hard news. We live with the possible threat of a virus outbreak, the economic impact of this bug, the devastation of Nashville and surrounding area, and the division that always exist during an election year. So, what should the church do in this environment? Our calling is to be faithful in work and deed. The often referenced scripture passage.
“He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God”~Micah 6:8
This Bible passage has become over the years a guidepost for me during trying times. One foot in front of the other is the pace of our course. Every day is an opportunity for all of us to serve and please God. The focus of our mornings can be to connect with God’s grace in our lives then the actions of our day will follow suit in our interaction with our neighbors. Evenings and night are moments of evaluation of our day, some possible regret and gratitude for forgiveness from our Lord. Tomorrow is another day to serve and please our Savior, Jesus Christ.
The season of Lent is an excellent time to practice these disciplines. We examine our relationship and commitment to God and his calling to faithfulness during this season. On our web-page, I examine some of the disciplines of the faith as laid out in Richard Foster’s, Celebration of the Discipline. I have short summaries and personal anecdotes of the disciplines described and developed in Foster’s book. I invite and encourage taking a look at these. There is a place to enter your comments or questions. I welcome them.
There are many aspects of the Christian faith like worship, service, solitude, simplicity, gratitude, etc. I would like to share with you some tools that just became available to help you and your family with study. It is common knowledge among church leaders that Biblical knowledge is dropping to an all-time low. Whether we worship, meditate, pray, serve, give, etc. the word is a foundation. Our church has always offered several opportunities to study and discuss God’s word.
Those opportunities for “in person study” can not be utilized by everyone. For those who cannot attend, I invite you to explore three resources that I think can be helpful for you.
- First, Enter the Bible is a website ran by one of our seminaries that offers a well laid out introduction to the scripture.
- Second, White Board Bible Study on YouTube is just what it sounds like. A teacher lays out books of the Bible on a whiteboard and gives you a summary of each book in addition to other topics around the Jewish and Christian Faith.
- Finally, The Bible Project another YouTube presentation. This has received rave reviews. It is like the white board presentation, but it is animated. I highly recommend these resources. Some of our members are watching two segments a day since they are around 15 minutes or less.
Whatever you are doing in Lent, my greatest prayer for my congregation is that you are renewed in your experience and understanding of God’s love for you and that you are so moved that you will be a beacon of God’s light in the world. During these rainy and trying times, your words and actions of hope in Jesus Christ could be the difference to someone else who asking how they will face another day. In fact, the other person could be you.
In His Service,