Hi Five Oakers, The weekend’s coming and there are a few things I don’t want you to miss:
Pick up your 8x10 Mother's Day pictures this weekend.
If you feel no one gets you, God does. If you feel like a square peg in a round hole world, God has shaped you to fit in perfectly with his family. If you feel like no one wants you, especially God, he wants you more than anyone. He has redeemed you, no matter what you've done. Those are only some of the implications of what Paul says in Galatians 3:15-25, our passage for this weekend. I'm looking forward to see you.
Sam Allberry on "Same-Sex Attraction in the Church"
Pastors as well as church members need to know that homosexuality is not just a political issue but a personal one, and that there will likely be some within their own church family for whom it is a painful struggle. When the issue comes up in the life of the church, it needs to be recognised that this is an issue Christians wrestle with too, and that the church needs to be ready and equipped to walk alongside such brothers and sisters.
N.D. Wilson on "Lighten Up, Christians: God Loves a Good Time"
Challenging ourselves to embrace the sense of fun infused in this world.
One More Thing
Here’s a prayer I’ve been planted on for a couple of weeks. It’s from The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions. Here’s an abridged version of it. You might consider praying it each morning for the next week.
"Morning" Compassionate LORD, Thy mercies have brought me to the dawn of another day, Vain will be its gift unless I grow in grace, increase in knowledge, ripen for spiritual harvest. Let me this day know thee as thou art, love thee supremely, serve thee wholly, admire thee fully. Through grace let my will respond to thee, Knowing that power to obey is not in me, but that thy free love alone enables me to serve thee. Here then is my empty heart… Here is my blind understanding… O ever watchful Shepherd, lead, guide, tend me this day…
Blessings to you all, Pastor Henry