Demonstrating Hope

Wherever you go, God is sending you!
1) June 2019 is just about to slip into history… I want to offer a brief word of encouragement.  This morning, I was thinking about how tempting it is to use all our energies trying to shape the culture: we can throw ourselves into politics or activism.   We can raise money, support causes, and start an issues related blog.  I’m not opposed to such things.  Followers of Jesus should seek to influence the world and promote justice and social righteousness.  However, our hope needs to rest elsewhere – and we need to use our energies to follow Jesus faithfully in the culture we live in and encourage others to do the same.  No matter how successful we may be in our efforts to change the world, we will have trouble in it.  So, as the author or Hebrews put it, let us encourage one another and stir one another up to love and good deeds – even if our world remains troubling.
And what if the times are not good?  Unsettling times offer great opportunities to bear witness to Christ and share the hope found in the Gospel.  By trusting in the Lord, as we pray for God’s kingdom to come, as we experience Gods love and let it overflow to loving  our neighbors, as serve our city, and as we do the work of being disciples who make disciples, we can demonstrate to the world what hope looks like!   So keep your eyes on Jesus.  Read the word.  Sing hymns and anthems of praise.  Share meals.  Listen for the voice of the Lord.  Respond in faith.  Choose joy.  And if you do, the Lord may just lead some people to ask you to give an reason for the hope you possess.
2) Our next worship gathering is Sunday, July 14 at 6:45pm at Faith Community Church – 3450 CR210, 32259.
3) Put the evening of July 28 on your calendar.   We want to gather to eat, pray, and encourage one another.
4)  We have three huddles meeting – but they’ll be off and on through July.  If you are interested in discipleship, let me know and we’ll get you connected.
Prayer Requests:
For God to open up new discipling relationships for those in our Huddles.
God is good.

About Pastor Jesse

I am someone loved by Jesus - a disciple, husband, father, pastor, and engineer. God has a mission and invites us into it. I want to do my part to encourage and equip people for life on that mission!
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