Hello Brothers & Sisters,
I hope this letter finds you walking in the knowledge that you are loved by the Father and precious in his sight. We can know this because he has revealed himself through the person of his Son, Jesus. Amen!
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I heard from many of you regarding the sermon on Sunday. It clearly struck a chord as you felt it was both timely and relevant. I’m glad that the entire worship service ministered to you.
Why address cynicism?
As I said in the sermon, I encounter it everywhere today. It’s a major obstacle for folks, especially in the church. There is much going on around us that wars against our belief that God is good. The enemy goes after our trust in a loving God, the purpose of the church, and our ability to live as hopeful realists.
Think about it. If we’re honest, most of us are bombarded everyday with negative images and messages far more than we are filling ourselves with God’s words (Scripture) and his Word (Jesus).
Therefore, it’s not a surprise when our daily intake breeds cynicism, anxiety, depression, apathy, etc. We are training our brains, for better or for worse. Having said that, listen to what the apostle Paul says about what we should be doing with our minds as we journey in life with the Lord:
“Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse.” Philippians 4:8 MSG
This is my prayer for you this week: “Father, fill our hearts and minds with the best of heaven and earth. Open our eyes so that we might see where you are at work, so that we may join you there."
Blessings on the week ahead. See you on Sunday!
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