From Pastor Andy:LORD SAVE US FROM OURSELVES: A PRAYER FOR JUSTICE PEACE Ravi Zacharias, a great apologist and champion for the Christian faith passed away on May 19. He penned the following prayer on July 8, 2008 following tragic events in Louisiana, Minnesota, and Dallas which rocked our nation. His words of sorrow and hope were both timely and timeless and fit the nee...Keep Reading
FROM BANKS CARROLL ...
Yesterday was an exciting day in the life of two families in our church.
Our son, Andrew, and Mollie Burt, daughter of Randy and Lori, became engaged to be married. Our families and a few friends gathered to celebrate with them.Though it was much fun, I must say it was also a time of deep reflection for all of us. The Holy Spirit was present as many encouraged the new couple with real life experiences, and witnessed that Biblical principles are foundational to a healthy marriage.
Love from a Biblical perspective is measured not by how much you want to receive, but by how much you are willing to give of yourself. How much freedom are you willing to forsake? How much of your personal time, emotions, and resources are you willing to invest in another?
The Biblical understanding of love does not preclude deep emotion. The Bible does not pit romantic love against sacrificial commitment to the good of the other. The heart of the ideal Biblical marriage is covenant and in a covenant, the good of the relationship takes precedence over the immediate needs of the individual. In Ephesians 5:31, Paul states “for this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be united to his wife and the two shall become one flesh.” The union of the two is now the focus.
Likewise, Scripture teaches us that the body of Christ, the Church, is one, even though there are many members. So how much of our own emotions, time, resources are we willing to invest in the body, for the sake of our oneness with Christ?
Cheryl and I are so blessed to welcome a third godly daughter into our family.
In Him, Banks