Being a Vibrant Community for Christ (Day 26)

By Jessica Paganini, KidsStuff Worship Coordinator @MBCLoudoun

Today’s Meditation

“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.” ~ Acts 2:42-47

Devotional

Acts 2:42-47 is a wonderful example of a thriving, Christian community. Notice how the believers are described – “devoted to the disciples teaching…to fellowship…to breaking of bread…to prayer…[they] had everything in common…selling their possessions to give to anyone as he had need…every day [meeting] together.” Verse 46 says they had “glad and sincere hearts.” Verse 47 talks about the way they were received by other people – the believers “enjoyed the favor of all the people.” Who wouldn’t want to be a part of this group? One of the many beautiful things about these believers is that, though they were clearly a unique group – they weren’t exclusive. They had “abnormal” ways of spending their time, but it only attracted others. Notice the result of this group: verse 47 says that the “Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.” Isn’t that the ultimate goal of our walk with Christ? Yes, that was a unique period in history when the church was designed to grow, but what would happen if we, as a church, adopted their example?   You may think that it would be great, but you’re just one person and can’t change the direction of the church at large. Before you conclude that this task is too difficult, look at Hebrews 10:22-25.

“Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.  And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another–and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” ~ Hebrews 10:22-25

In verses 22 and 23, there are personal challenges between you and the Lord – draw near to Him, and hold onto your hope. After spending time with the Lord, verses 24 and 25 tell us how we should interact with others: to spur one another on, to meet together, and to encourage. As you look through these “let us” verses, ask God to change your heart first and then ask Him how you can reach out to others. What would your life look like if you applied Hebrews 10:22 and 23? Notice the connection of having a heart sold out to Jesus, and how that effects the church as a whole. Do you have a “glad and sincere heart” when you arrive at church? When you come to church on Sunday, remember the early church’s example and the result, and then remember what the Lord wants us, as individuals, to do as stated in Hebrews. Ask the Lord to add to the numbers of those who are being saved. Ask Him to use YOU to be the one to encourage and spur others on, and “all the more as you see the day approaching.”

What would the family of MBC Loudoun look like if we endeavored to live these two passages of scripture in our midst? Each one of use would be built up in the Lord, we would be thriving, and the world around us would be attracted to what is happening. And then those very same people would be our guests.

Making a Wrong, Right (Day 25)

Brian Walters, Director of Adult Ministries @MBCLoudoun

Today’s Meditation

“Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed…” ~ James 5:16a

Devotional

I bet there are times when you have quarreled with someone in your family or even a friend.  I mean who hasn’t, right? We are imperfect people (Isa. 64:6; Rom. 3:10). But how did you feel after that quarrel or harsh word?I bet you felt terrible because deep down you know that you hurt someone you care deeply about. James 5:16 shows us how to handle a situation when we have sinned against brothers or sisters in Christ.

There are three essential verbs to pay attention to in this text: confess, pray and heal. First, we must confess our sins to God and to those we have sinned against, so we can be forgiven. Confessing our sin releases us from the burden of guilt in bearing that sin and helps us to combat our own downfall and discouragement. Sin wants to remain private, but God wants it exposed and dealt with. Please note that this passage doesn’t say that we should confess our sins to a third party like an elder or a priest to be forgiven.We ought to be confessing to the one we offended.

Second, we pray for one another because it provides comfort and strength in the Lord. Prayer is the mechanism by which we confess and repent of our sin to God. Prayer is a form of fellowship and, after we have confessed our sins, prayer creates an opportunity for the offender and the offended to move toward each other in humility and reconciliation. What can be more encouraging than hearing the person who you just sinned against praying for you? If you have any doubt that prayer works, James quickly points out proof that it does by reminding us of how God answered Elijah’s prayer (James 5:17-18).  And remember that Elijah was an ordinary guy just like you and me. You don’t have to be a super saint to pray to God – you just need to do it.

Finally, we are healed when we confess our sins and pray for each other. In this context God is most likely talking about healing someone who has repented their sin to be made spiritually whole again. Relationships that may have been broken by sin are also healed as we confess and pray for restoration.

If we are to truly be a “Family Expecting Guests” we, as the body of Christ, need to own the mistakes and wrongs committed against each other.  We need to seek forgiveness and pray for each other. We need to be prayer warriors for one another. If we do these things our guests will see that our actions truly reflect what we believe and what we talk about in God’s Word. Our guests will see that we are not just paying lip service to the things we believe. Our guests will see God living in us and they will want to be part of God’s community here at MBC Loudoun because of the love we demonstrate for one another.

So – are there any relationships left unresolved for you right now?  Any relationships in need of healing confession?  No one really gets exciting about this part of being in the body of Christ.But what a powerful tool it is in the hands of God for those in the Family, as well as the guests in our midst. Waste no time in setting things right, for Jesus sake.

Loving Others By Keeping My Eyes on Jesus (24)

by Lori McCullough, Campus Administrator @MBCLoudoun

Today’s Meditation

Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. ~ Matthew 6:19-21

Devotional

This morning I was reading over the passages that Jesus wrote in the Sermon on the Mount. What incredible words written so long ago but oh how much I need to hear these verses daily in today’s world. I don’t know if you are like me, but if I am honest with myself, I must realize that so many times I do not love my neighbor because I worry what they will think of me. I don’t invite them into my home because in my mind, I feel that what I have does not measure up to what I think they have; my home is not as big, beautifully decorated and as tidy as I perceive their home to be. I may not be as good of a cook. So I don’t invite them over and pursue the friendship. If I do invite them, I fret over everything from what my home looks like, to the meal on the table, to what I am going to wear. I fret and worry and soon even become discontented with what the Lord has given us. (And I am sure the men reading this may have their own set of things to compare with their perceptions of others.) Oh my! How embarrassing to admit this! Am I really that shallow and vein?? Have I ever gone to someone else’s home and looked around and thought “I can’t believe that they asked us over to their home” or “I can’t believe that they prepared that meal.” NO! I am so thankful they extended the invitation. So my question is “Why do I assume others are going to think of me so differently? Why do I worry so much about these things?” The answer is – my heart. It’s pride. It’s about not keeping my eyes on Jesus and focusing on things of this world.

Jesus’ words are piercing. These words point directly to my sin but they also draw me to Him. How I want to rest in His love and grace. How I want to enjoy the peace that comes through trusting Him. I want to experience the joy and laughter that comes from enjoying the friendships that come when I step out and have my neighbors and coworkers into our home and lives. These words also cause me to be thankful. Jesus knows what I need. He is the supplier. I don’t need to worry. I just need to keep my eyes focused on Him and not on the things of this world. And then I can truly reach out to others and build into the lives of others. How about you? What keeps you from freely reaching out to others? What insecurities, fears or hang-ups keeping you from going deeper into community. Can you lay those at the feet of Jesus today and with faith in Him reach out to others?

Do You Hold A Grudge? (Day 23)

by David Kroeze, Future Leader, Adult Ministries @MBCLoudoun

Today’s Meditation

Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other just as through Christ, God forgave you. ~ Ephesians 4:32

Devotional

How many times does someone sin against us, and we are content to hold it over their head? As my wife will affirm, I have a tendency to “forgive” but never forget, which is detrimental to not only my marriage, but also many other relationships. I often wonder if this mentality is more common among believers in the Church than we realize.

The real question, though, is whether that type of forgiveness is truly how Christ has forgiven us. When God forgives us, does he keep record of our wrongs? Does he use our wrong doings as a means of manipulation and guilt? 1 Corinthians 13 paints a picture of love that with a definite ‘NO.’ Love keeps no record of wrongs; it is patient, kind, and compassionate. A loving community is marked by an ability to forgive that supersedes any wrong doing.

We have the ultimate model of forgiveness in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who paid the ultimate price for us on the cross. He overcame all of our sin, and forgave us for all of our sins, so that we might live in Heaven with Him. No pretenses, no demands, no repayment plan, only that we love Him and accept His free gift.

While I do not understand the depths of my sinfulness, I know that I have sinned a lot and I continue to sin every day. We worship in a Church made up of broken and sinful people. How can we possibly anticipate perfection? People will sin against us, and unfortunately, we cannot control that. But, we can control our response, and we definitely can choose to forgive in spite of our emotions.

The most precious example of forgiveness in the scripture can be seen as Christ’s words from the cross. Christ, in agonizing pain, did not condemn his murderers, but rather prayed for them. He did not pray for their own change, but rather that God would forgive them for their sins. I am one of the reasons that Christ had to die. My sins demanded restitution, and in addition to paying the price, Christ asked the Father to forgive us?

Forgive each other. Let’s be a community that is willing to confront sin, forgive each other, and view each other as Christ views each of us. We do this because we agape love one another and that transcends any hurt that we could muster up. Once we are covered by the blood, we become white as snow. That is the value God places in us. He has forgiven us much so we must respond by forgiving each other little.

Heavenly Father, help us to be a community that understands the sinfulness of man. Help us to equally understand who we are in relationship with you. You have cleansed us and purified us. Show me individuals that have wronged me so that I can extend grace in the same manner that you did. Help me to forgive them, in order that we might serve and glorify you as family members. Forgive us for our hard-hearts and lack of kindness. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Whose team are you playing for? (Day 22)

by Susie Battle, Director of Ministry Teams @MBCLoudoun

Today’s Meditation

Do not complain, brethren, against one another, so that you yourselves may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing right at the door. ~ James 5:9

Devotional 

The answer may not be as obvious as you think!

In my seven years of seminary, there is one moment I remember so clearly. It was one of the most poignant gems.

I mean, it was a gem in the sense that it was a treasure – a phenomenally helpful paradigm for my relationship with others, our thoughts about one another, and our reflection of the Lord. But I must say, my initial reaction was a bit incredulous. At first, it seemed so strong that my natural, sort of knee-jerk reaction was to want to think it wasn’t true. To try to think of a way it couldn’t be true. Or perhaps, it was to *desire* that it wasn’t true.

But I kind of think it is.

I was sitting in a counseling class. In a very average spot – middle desk in the middle row. The professor was talking and teaching, and we were discussing and note taking. It seemed like a normal class on a normal day. And then, in the midst of the ordinary, he asked an intriguing question,

Do you know why it is such a heinous sin to falsely accuse your brother or sister in Christ?

Wow. That really got my attention. If I’d been daydreaming, I certainly wasn’t anymore.

Heinous sin? Wow.

Now granted, any good philosophy student or any good logic student would have a heyday with that question. Yes, it is a loaded question. It carries very loaded assumptions.

The question first assumes that people falsely accuse fellow believers. Maybe it’s not as egregious as a total, out-of-the-blue, radical sin – I don’t know many of us who walk around falsely accusing people of murder. Maybe the false accusations are more subtle: “You were selfish when you did this.” “You acted entitled when you did that.” “You expect us to serve you.” “You were arrogant when you made that comment.” I mean, those things might be true. But they might also be false. There are many reasons why a person may have done what they did or said what they said. And to presume to know the motive of a man’s heart – Yikes. That’s way above all our pay grades!

So maybe such ‘false accusations’ are simply just mistakes. Maybe they’re really just mistaken accusations. Or misperceptions, perhaps. Should we really be calling them heinous sins? I was intrigued to see how my professor was going to answer it.

We all sat there sort of like deer in headlights processing this hugely loaded question. Would the response justify its wording?

And this was his answer:

Because that’s what Satan does.

Um, yikes.

That had to sink in a bit.

The devil is the false accuser of the brethren.

Wow.

I mean, that’s true. I can’t argue with that. That’s how he’s described in Revelation 12:10. In fact, that is what his name means: devil means ‘false accuser.’ He attacks people’s character as he did in Job 1-2.

But the implication? Wow.

So the devil is the false accuser of the brethren. That’s true. He attacks character. And as the rest of the chapters in Job illustrate, others can quickly follow suit.

When they do… when they join in being a false accuser of fellow believers… um, whose team does that most resemble?

  • Christ’s – our advocate before the Father
  • Or Satan – the accuser of the brethren

It’s a bit stunning.

I must say that I think my professor’s question is merited. It seems indeed to be a sin if we’re rallying on the wrong team. But ‘heinous’? Oh yikes. Yet I think even this word is merited. Playing for the wrong team is indeed dangerous – and has potentially been called worse. Traitors – whether intentionally or unintentionally – give a path for the enemy to advance.

Such a stunning question with such convicting implications.

And such revealing implications as well. Committing to a singular conviction of challenging people according to God and His Word – not speculated motives – is a huge threat to the devil. He likes it when he can trick us into taking jabs at other believers. He loves the help.

So whose team will you play on? You may get a little pushback from the weakening devil. But squashing heinous sin is worth it – Amen?

Forgiveness Like Jesus (Day 21)

by Donnie Cohn, Resident, Student Ministries @MBCLoudoun

Today’s Meditation

“If one has a complaint against another, forgive each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.” – Colossians 3:13

Devotional 

In Matthew 18, Peter approaches Jesus and asks Him, “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” Presumably, Peter thought he was being quite generous to offer such repeated forgiveness, but Jesus did not see it the same way. Christ responds, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven.”

Jesus proceeds to tell a parable about a servant who was forgiven a debt of ten thousand talents by his master. One talent was equal to roughly twenty years’ wages for an average laborer, so the ten thousand talent debt is equivalent to billions of dollars today. Immediately after being forgiven of such an immense debt, this servant went out and found a fellow servant who owed him a hundred denarii (a few months’ wages) and demanded that he be thrown in jail until he could pay the debt.

The hypocrisy of the ungrateful servant is obvious at first glance. This man receives forgiveness for such a major debt but cannot find it in his heart to forgive his fellow servant an infinitely smaller debt. Yet so often, we, the redeemed people of God, fail to forgive our brothers and sisters in Christ under very similar circumstances.

For that reason, Paul writes to the Colossians, reminding them why they must forgive one another. The basis for Christian forgiveness is not found in the other’s worthiness to be forgiven but in the compelling generosity of the forgiveness that Christ died to earn for us. The unforgiving servant was really owed a debt by his fellow that ought to have been paid. With only that truth in view, his justice-seeking actions were completely appropriate.

But as followers of Jesus, our entire worldview must be transformed after receiving perfect forgiveness for our own infinite debts. When we widen our frames of reference to see beyond our immediate desire for justice, we see the God of the universe who generously withheld His wrath upon us, finally exacting justice for our transgressions at the expense of His only and beloved Son. Every believer is commanded to forgive others not as they deserve forgiveness but ‘as the Lord has forgiven you.’ When we look to the cross, we can truly forgive even the most undeserving of our fellow believers.

What about for you and for me today?  Reflect on the perfect forgiveness that Christ has provided for you on the cross. Ask that the Spirit would bring to mind any Christian brothers and sisters from whom you are withholding forgiveness. Ask Him to empower you to forgive in your heart and bring reconciliation through your actions.

Are You Being Sharpened? (Day 20)

by Amelia Sipress, Associate Director of Ministry Teams @MBCLoudoun

Today’s Meditation

 “Iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” – Proverbs 27:17

Devotional 

After high school and before Univeristy, I attended a one-year internship at a place called, “The Honor Academy”. It was during this year that I decided to live the faith that my parents taught me. God did a lot in me that year and He did a lot in me by using people. In August, I remember having a quiet time when I heard the Lord tell me that He was going to teach me how to really and truly love that year. I remember thinking that “love” couldn’t be that hard of a lesson to learn. I had no idea.

John 13:34, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.”

In January, the Lord put me in a room with one of the most difficult people I have ever known and, to say the least, we did not get along very well. It’s not that I didn’t try – I would do nice things for her and go out of my way to be her friend. The weird part was that she adored my other roommates but no matter what I did, I could do nothing right in her eyes. Halfway through that term, things went from bad to worse when I was asked to step into a leadership role over this particular room of girls. I thought that I was treated badly before but it started to unravel all the more quickly when I stepped into leadership.It was one of the most difficult situations at that time that I had ever been in – and love? Love her? Are you kidding me?

I knew I had to talk to her – but I dreaded even the thought of bringing it up. One day, God gave me the perfect opportunity. I don’t remember what I said, I just remember that I opened myself up to be used by the Lord and He used me to love her in a way that I would have never thought was humanly possible — because it wasn’t humanly possible. That day, I learned what it meant to love someone unconditionally – the way God loves us.

At the same time, God used this young lady to sharpen me – as iron sharpens iron. He showed me how to love her in a way that I could have never done on my own. The funny thing is – it didn’t stop there. Since then, God has brought many people in my life that have sharpened me and made me more like Him.

Do you have people in your life who God may be seeking to use to sharpen you — but maybe you are avoiding the situation? Sharpening is tough work, but oh so worth it in the end.

Accomplishing the Great Commission (Day 19)

By Kyle Cox, Director of Student Ministries @MBCLoudoun

Today’s Meditation

“By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another. ” – John 13:35 

Devotional 

What is the mission of God’s people? All together now – we learned this in Sunday school…”The Great Commission!” Making disciples by reaching the lost with the good news of Jesus. But how do we accomplish this mission? There are plenty of books that offer ten helpful hints of sharing your faith effectively or strategic ways to open the door for spiritual conversations. While all of these are good, our verse for today offers Jesus’ method of extending God’s kingdom – “Loving one another.” Christians should treat one another with so much love that it makes it plain to the world that we belong to Jesus. This is the most powerful testimony of the Christian life.

The Christian life that bears witness to the world and wins souls to Christ isn’t just a morally upright one. Showing the world we are made new doesn’t mean memorizing verses in our heads, praying in our bedrooms, or playing Christian music in our cars. Do you want to be a great witness for Christ today? You can do this best by sharing your life with other believers and practicing qualities such as compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, patience, bearing with one another, and forgiving one another. We must realize that we accomplish these best in close quarters with other believers.

You can’t show compassion to someone if you aren’t there for them when they are hurting or experience a significant loss. You cannot show humility towards others if you don’t take the chance to put their needs ahead of your own. You cannot be patient with another person if you haven’t dealt with their faults time after time. Patience is only necessary if you are forced into a situation where you want to respond with impatience such as when a friend keeps making a promise to you but doesn’t seem to come through. We are all called to respond with the same type of patience God has shown toward us.

How about the last one – forgiveness. You realize you don’t need forgiveness for a person until they have done something to hurt you.

One of the main reasons so many people turn away from the church is because they never get to experience being real with other Christians and finding forgiveness. They are afraid of getting punished or judged for the actions of their lives. So instead we end up with a building full of people who smile and say everything is good, rather than openly sharing their real struggles. Do you know why we have to forgive as Christ forgave us?  Because each one of us is a sinner just as much as the person who sinned against us. The forgiveness we show others puts the Gospel of Christ’s forgiveness toward us on display. It’s the contagious type of love that pushes people to desire a relationship with Jesus that makes it all possible.

So – how are you doing at loving others with this kind of love?  Are there relationships in your life where love needs to be more deeply evidenced for the sake of the kingdom?

How Do You Relate to Those Around You? (Day 18)

Susan Hite, Saturday Night Preschool Coordinator @MBCLoudoun

Today’s Meditation

“…with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing forbearance to one another in love…” – Ephesians 4:2 

Devotional 

Paul originally wrote this letter to the church at Ephesus to emphasize the unity of the church. Jews and Gentiles are to be one in Christ – no one person is better than another. It is interesting that this was written to a church whose Jewish Christians thought they were better than the Gentile Christians. Paul points out that God shows no favoritism, He crosses all culture barriers and loves each of us the same. Isn’t it amazing how this Scripture was written centuries ago, yet is still so alive and applicable today? Think of it – how often has the thought slipped in your mind that you are better than someone else?  When we are critical in our minds of others in traffic, in the grocery store line, or even the sports referee watching our favorite team, aren’t we really feeling that we are better than others?  Even the slightest hint of impatience grows out of a critical spirit that says, “I am better or more important than others.”

So what should we do?  We can practice:

  1. HUMILITY – considering others as more important than yourself
  2. GENTLENESS – free from harshness, sternness, or violence (Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, 11th Edition)
  3. PATIENCE – patient endurance when others make our lives difficult (New Testament Definition #3115 from the Key Word Study Bible)
  4. FORBEARANCE – to have patience or bear with someone in regard to the errors or weaknesses in someone (New Testament Definition # 430 from the Key Word Study Bible)
  5. LOVE – goodwill toward others, the love of our neighbor, brotherly affection, which the Lord Jesus commands and inspires (New Testament Definition #26 from the Key Word Study Bible)

If we truly look to the Father, remember that He has called us, and set aside our sinful selves for a moment, the words of this wonderful, chorus will be a reflection of the MBC Loudoun Campus – that we are a family expecting guests:

And they’ll know we are Christians by our love, by our love,

They’ll know we are Christians by our love.

Conversation Starters – The Women at the Well (Day 17)

by Stephanie Green, Kid’s Quest Operations & Volunteer Coordinator @MBCLoudoun

Today’s Meditation

And he had to pass through Samaria. So he came to a town of Samaria called Sychar, near the field that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there; so Jesus, wearied as he was from his journey, was sitting beside the well. It was about the sixth hour. A woman from Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.”

Many Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me all that I ever did.” So when the Samaritans came to him, they asked him to stay with them, and he stayed there two days. And many more believed because of his word. They said to the woman, “It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is indeed the Savior of the world.”- John 4: 4-7, 39-42 

Devotional 

“Give me a drink”. This was the statement used by Jesus in John 4:7 to begin a conversation with a controversial stranger and outcast who would later become a witness of Jesus Christ and a believer. That was quite a conversation starter. John 4:6 states “Jacob’s well was there; so Jesus, wearied as he was from his journey, was sitting beside the well. It was about the sixth hour”(noon). It was hot and He was exhausted, but even in the midst of those conditions, he knowingly set aside his own needs to help another who had greater spiritual needs than his physical needs. Let’s keep in mind that the Scriptures never mention the Samaritan women giving Jesus a drink of water from the well. He absolutely knew that he was not going to receive water from the women, but lovingly chose to prioritize an opportunity to give to her and the town of Sychar, His Living Water. It’s amazing to see how Jesus used his own need and the surrounding conditions to reach the lost.

How can we imitate this today in our neighborhoods, workplace and even during our worship services? Let’s pray together that as a church body, we become imitators of Christ. Maybe there will be an opportunity for you to sit in a worship service with an unfamiliar face. It’s possible that your need for finding a place to sit in service could turn into an opportunity to share Christ with someone. The conversation starter could be as intentional as “May I sit with you?” instead of our usual “Is this sit available?”. See the difference in the approach? Jesus used His physical need to connect on a deeper and more personal level with the women in the well and we can do the same in our own environments.

I encourage you today to prayerfully consider how your physical needs can become opportunities to connect with someone in a Christ-loving way. If you are hungry at work, ask someone new to join you for lunch in the lunchroom or at a local park to escape business and distractions. If you are home with your child, invite them to work alongside you today to help complete chores and use that time for sweet conversations and aim to discover a unique quality of your child.

Take a moment to read John 4. Discover how intentional Christ was towards others in spite of his own physical needs. Pray for God’s prompting and boldness to put these act of love into practice and for God to continue to strengthen the Kingdom mindset of our church.

I encourage to you remember these truths; 2 Timothy 1:7 was the very first scripture my mother had me memorize as a child who was afraid of the dark.

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” – Timothy 1:7

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” – Matthew 5:14-16