August 10, 2015

Hot August Mondays . . . 105 degrees today but luckily its cooling down on Wednesday . . . to 99 degrees. Woohoo. Stay cool!
I want to speak briefly on the Planned Parenthood abortion videos today. My prayer is that we will be able to set aside political language and emotions and truly do what is right, what is moral, and what is just. There are many articles already out there so I don't feel the need to fully examine this current controversy. I am hopeful that as responsible believers in Jesus Christ we can all agree that what is going on in these clinics is horrific. I simply don't know how anyone can defend this on any level. As William Wilberforce said in his fight against slavery: "You may choose to look the other way, but you can never say again that you did not know." Indeed, Eric Metaxas has said that this fight is the modern day equivalent of the fight against slavery which was championed by Wilberforce. Eric even references an article called "Pro-lifers are Today's Abolitionists." The key point I want to make here is that it's not enough to simply agree that this is wrong. We need to take a stand. We need to be that man or woman who "stands in the gap" when no one else will. Contact your congressmen and senators, both local and national. Let them know where you stand. Don't be afraid to speak up even when you know others might not agree. This is an issue that can no longer be ignored. There are times when we are called to set aside our personal comfort and be counted. I believe this is one of those times in the history of our nation. Here's another simple article called "4 Ways to Respond."
It's hard to believe that August is 1/3 over and school is quickly approaching. Where did the summer go? I hope that each of you was able to get away and relax and recharge. Let me encourage you to be fully engaged in your walk with the Lord as He leads you "On Mission." Your world, your community, your church, all need YOU to be fully invested and fully ready to charge the gates of Hell if necessary. "With all this going for us, my dear, dear friends, stand your ground. And don't hold back. Throw yourselves into the work of the Master, confident that nothing you do for him is a waste of time or effort." (1 Corinthians 15:58 MSG)
If you are in Fort Worth come join us this Sunday night for a delicious homemade ice cream fellowship at our home (9912 Sparrow Hawk Lane). The eating will begin at 5:00pm but the fun and fellowship will continue into the night! The following Sunday night we will conclude our Summer Movie Series with a movie about "Billy Graham: The Early Years."