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Some BLAH FAITH FAQ’s this Sunday!

We’re answering some tough questions this Sunday as BLAH FAITH continues. Shari Kelly and Tonia Koehler will be joining me to help provide biblical insight. They are answering some challenging questions! Don’t miss it.

Our candlelight prayer event is this Sunday. Join us as we pray in our future home. See details below.

Some thoughts regarding the recent tragedy in Charlottesville.

Just like many of you, I have been reflecting on the troubling events in our country. Many responses have been written and expressed throughout the week. Emotions vary. There is confusion, anger, and sadness.

I believe the words of Tim Keller (a pastor and author) adequately express my heart. “First, Christians should look at the energized and emboldened white nationalism movement, and at its fascist slogans, and condemn it—full stop. (thegospelcoalition.org, https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/race-the-gospel-and-the-moment, accessed August 15, 2017).”

The hatred expressed in Charlottesville by white supremacists and other hate groups is an offense to God. It’s evil. Every human life matters to him. He loves deeply. He loves beyond what we could ever describe.

“For God made human beings in his own image (Genesis 9:6).”

I am reminded of one of ValleyPoint’s values – people. We describe it this way:

We deliberately create environments where relationships can thrive because we welcome, include and love people without expecting anything in return.

Because people matter to God, they should matter to us. Bigotry, hatred, and racism should have no place in our lives. They have no place at ValleyPoint. It’s sinful. 

“My dear brothers and sisters, how can you claim to have faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ if you favor some people over others (James 2:1)?”

My encouragement in the coming days…

#1: Take every step you can to become reconcilers where you live, work, and play. Remember – all people are made in the image of God.
#2: As a church, let’s shine bright and seek to reach a hand to lift, help, and love.

When we truly understand God’s view of people, our acceptance and love for others will grow. It’s the way of Jesus.

Upon accepting the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo in 1964, Martin Luther King Jr. shared the following words. They are appropriate today.

“I accept this award today with an abiding faith in America and an audacious faith in the future of mankind. I refuse to accept despair as the final response to the ambiguities of history. I refuse to accept the idea that the ‘isness’ of man’s present nature makes him morally incapable of reaching up for the eternal ‘oughtness’ that forever confronts him. I refuse to accept the idea that man is mere flotsom and jetsom in the river of life, unable to influence the unfolding events which surround him. I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality (Nobleprize.org, https://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/1964/king-acceptance_en.html, accessed August 15, 2017).”

Now…go surprise the world as you reach out in love to others. “This is my command: Love each other (Jesus – John 15:17).”   

Just For You…

+ Real Home Candlelight Prayer Event – this Sunday, August 20th at 6pm: See the progress and thank God for his guiding hand. A parking team will help direct you upon arrival at 209 Bethel Road, Glen Mills. It’s going to be a great night! The building is “under construction.” Wear appropriate shoes and be prepared to keep small children close to your side.

See you on Sunday!  

Eric

P.S. Have you made plans to “eat” yet with someone?! If you’re not sure what that means, please listen to the podcast from last week and take the challenge to “surprise the world” in a very practical way. You can also watch the last week’s talk on ValleyPoint’s Facebook page.