The truest kind of faith thrives in situations where it looks like it is losing. The Christian martyrs of old, and for that matter, of the present day, die passively. They may anger and irritate their attackers, but they clearly do not intimidate them. They look like victims. One might imagine they were defeated souls who were finally giving up, and in a way that is true. There is a sense in which faith is a form of surrender, not to the bully, but to Christ. It is evidenced by taking up our cross and following him.
The Apostle John wrote the following after all of his fellow apostles had already met untimely deaths at the hands of their persecutors.
4 For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. 5 Who is it that overcomes the…
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On the first Sunday of each month we normally take communion together. Let’s do that, but do it at home. Make sure you have what you need, like crackers or whatever – and let’s make sure those among us who shouldn’t go out to the grocery store have what they need too. It will be different, for sure, but I think it will still be a great experience.
Our 9am Sunday prayer time together has kind of fallen off the radar. Let’s get that back on track in a virtual format. Nicole Cornett has agreed to be the point person for that, so please start by connecting with her on it. Here is a great reminder from David Guzik on the importance of prayer, especially at this time.
(Isaiah 43:2) When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.