October 2020 Newsletter
SAVE THE DATE
October is Pastor Appreciation month. The day observed is October 11.
Fall has come and with it comes the challenges of seasonal allergies and flu. Please join us in praying for health for our communities as well as ongoing prayer concerning the threat of Covid-19. Additionally, we want to encourage our readers to pray for our nation with the ongoing civic troubles and with local, state and national elections just a few weeks away.
(2Co 5:20) Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.
by Bill Powell
We are ambassadors for Jesus Christ. Together we need to live and be an influence that will help our society be reconciled to God. The battle going on in our country and around the world is a spiritual battle. To all of you who see the value of this ministry and prayed and pledged- thank you so much. We finished at $30,000. As usual short of our goal, but we will trust the Lord for the rest. The Cornerstone is His work for His glory. The Lord has blessed us through these past decades. There is no reason to believe that will change if we are faithful, and I will pledge that.
As I thought about what to write, the elephant in the room is the Election coming soon. I hope you all see that for so many they are driven by hyped emotions. It almost has an atmosphere of the civil war. Obviously, I was not there but have read much about it. For the Christian, we must vote our faith. Our judge is the Lord. Who will preserve our freedom of religion, and the life of the unborn or just born? Our kingdom is not of this world. However, we are citizens and have the right to exercise our rights as a citizen. It is imperative to look past the person for we are not confirming a pastor.
There is so much false information and hatred that stokes the emotions. Politics will always be politics. I am 71 years old, and I have seen the effects of socialism, and it has always turned out bad. Cuba, Iran, Venezuela, Germany, Italy and the Bolshevik revolution all led to communism. That leads to no freedom and poverty. The fabric of this nation was woven with the fabric of Christianity, and those threads have been removed thread by thread. Jesus made heaven and earth, designed the family, and His Word shows us how to live, prosper, and be happy. Through Adam we all became sinners, but in Christ we are made righteous.
No man is the Savior, only Christ. Unless as a society we turn back to God and His design, we can only expect what we are seeing. The book of Ephesians teaches us the way to live. Designed by the Lord Himself. The creator designer knows the way; any other way can only lead to destruction. I implore you to read the book of Ephesians and model it. We must recall history and never forget what it took to have the freedoms we have. Know your history and Bible. We need to pray and support those who are in authority over us.We have a job to do and an example to set. The Lord is the judge and jury, and He will make all things right on His timing. It is our responsibility to love Him and our neighbor.
(1Ti 2:1,2 NASB) First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity.
Thanks again for your support of the Lord’s work here in Volusia, Flagler, St. Augustine and around the world on the Web.
SPEAKING THE TRUTH IN...
by Chris Johnson
Would you classify yourself as bold or mild-mannered? Boisterous or placid? Are you quick to engage in conversation and let your opinions be known? Or are you slow to speak, calculated, and methodical in your correspondence? How would others classify you? Do you think they would agree with your assessment of yourself? I ask these questions not to pit one personality type against the other but to encourage both. You see, God has created each of us with a unique persona sovereignly selected to accomplish his goodwill and purpose in the world. Each of us finds ourselves in a wide variety of situations in which we can uniquely interject our viewpoints and perspective. This is a good thing and part of what makes up great dialogue and helpful conversations. This is also good because as Christians we have the responsibility to bring a Biblical perspective to every situation with winsomeness, graciousness, and truthfulness. In order to do this well, we must be students of the Word of God. Filled with the knowledge of God and wisdom that’s from above and not of this world. Gentleness, kindness, and patience must also be part of the attitude and actions that mark our lives. Far too often we can become hostile and rude instead of remaining humble and self-controlled. In a word, we must be filled with the Holy Spirit and under His control as we engage those around us. A key to this kind of responsiveness is the knowledge that God’s truth can only be received as the Spirit of God gives wisdom to the hearer. We can wax eloquent all we want but without the Spirit’s enablement, no man or woman can receive the truth. This is not only true as it relates to sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ but also as we engage in all manner of discussions relating to this life. Jesus’ wise engagement with anyone he encountered shows us how we should follow his pattern and speak the truth honestly, humbly, and powerfully with those we meet. Our confidence in the truthfulness of the Scriptures and the power of the Holy Spirit sets us on a course to be courteous, not cantankerous, to be pleasant, not impolite, and to be compassionate not overly critical. Remember the various passages that command the Christian to do everything to God’s glory and to be honorable in every way so that even unbelievers might glorify God as they witness our good deeds and behavior. May the Lord give us grace in every situation and bring forth good fruit from each one of our lives.