God’s word contains many words of warning concerning
human pride.
Proverbs 8:13 instructs us that “ God hates pride, evil
behavior and perverse speech.”

Proverbs 11:2 tells us that “when pride comes, then comes disgrace,
but with humility comes wisdom.”

Proverbs 16:5 says, “The Lord detests all the proud of heart. Be sure of
this: They will not go unpunished.”

These are not empty words as arrogant ones imagine. We live in
a generation which has grown dismissive of God’s words and warnings.
And there is contempt for God and for the Son He sent for the salvation
of those who humbly repent of sin and ask for God’s mercy. Pray for
yourself and for others. There is a narrow gate and a difficult journey to
enter the pathway to eternal life. And yet, Jesus tells us “My yoke is easy
and my burden is light.”

Don’t be surprised when you are derided and held in disdain for your
allegiance to the Son of God. The world is busy with actions meant to cancel
God’s holy commands and His warnings of judgment against sin. We then must
be busy upholding the Gospel entrusted to us and the life and witness of
children of the Most High God. In Christ alone do we find grace and wisdom for
that life.

Don’t be discouraged or afraid. Our Lord promises the crown of righteousness
to all who are faithful to the end. And it will be so by your faith and His
faithfulness.

Pastor Bill

Giving Thanks With Joy

Philippians 1:3-5

In the first chapter of Philippians the apostle Paul begins the letter with a typical
greeting. He then turns immediately to a prayer for those whom he has greeted
– the Christians in Philippi. Paul tells his fellow Christians that he offers a prayer
of thanksgiving for them upon “every remembrance.”

Here is the text: “I thank my God in all my remembrance of you , always in every
prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your
partnership in the Gospel from the first day until now.”
Any pastor or church leader can identify with this prayer. It reflects the feelings
of gratitude to God for those in the congregation who have entered into a faith
relationship with the Lord Jesus and also then make a commitment to the work
of evangelization and disciple making.

The Christian life is not like a spectator sport where we watch others labor for
the harvest of the Kingdom. Each of us is called to become involved in sowing
the seed of the gospel by direct and supporting means. Pastors are especially
grateful for those in the church who actively pray and partner together for the
advance of the Gospel.

Read the entire prayer and appreciate it as a paradigm for your own prayers for
yourself and for other believers. Then ask yourself how you are helping and
serving the Lord with your own level of partnership through your church. As you
do your part we can indeed give thanks to God upon every thought of you.

Blessings in Christ is our prayer for you,
Pastor Bill