Weekday Musings with Pastor Brian
On Wednesday evening I met with our Communication Focus Team. It was a very good meeting where we are strategizing how we can be more effective and efficient in how we communicate as a church. That said, however, I confess I am experiencing a bit of irony in it all, especially given how I “communicated” a prayer burden I have on Sunday. In my prayer before the congregation I prayed for Bryan Lingle and his family as his “grandmother” is barely hanging on to life. Her name is Alice, and it really is a sad situation. Please keep the Lingle family in your prayers. The irony is that I did not specify which “grandma”; and on that Sunday, Bryan’s other grandmother that we have known and loved so well - Dottie Coburn, wasn’t in church. Talk about communicating afterwards! By the way, she’s fine.
A couple of thoughts come to mind through this experience: (1) It is always good to carefully
consider what we say in front of people. All I had to say to clarify things was her name (Alice), or call her “Bryan’s maternal grandmother”. Simple, right?
(2) I am thinking that Dottie might just have a clue that her church family really cares about her. A simple misunderstanding had many in her church family concerned for her well-being. Which brings up some things I shared on Sunday…
Proverbs 18:24 says, “A man who has friends must himself be friendly, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” What kind of a friend are you? Are you concerned enough about your “friends” to check on them when you don’t see them? And for that matter, in what way would people notice that you are missing, or hear that you are not well, or going through difficulties? How do people in the church know you? Are you part of a small group? What about a Home Fellowship Group? Do you attend JOY Club, a Bible Study, or other group, and do you get involved in the discussions, and in making an effort to know others? It can rightly be argued that people in our church should get to know you, but read that first part of Proverbs 18:24 again… You have to make the effort also. And if the primary engagement in church for you is simply coming to the worship service, you need to know, that people will not really get to know you; they can’t; that simply isn’t the place to really get to know people. If you’re a member, you’re family! Of course we want to get to know you! Give your family a chance.
As I shared, Friends of Jesus love one another; obey Him; listen to Him; and recognize that He didn’t choose us to be His friends because of something special we possess… He did so with divine simplicity and mystery because He loves us. That last truth should motivate us all the more to do the first three.
This Sunday we will be studying John 15:17-27, “A World of Hatred”. Have you ever been made to feel uncomfortable because of your faith; suffered because of your love for Christ; or been saddened and confused by the persecutions of believers? You won’t want to miss this message. We’re going to talk about what’s behind all of that.
Don’t forget; next Wednesday is our Fall Festival. We’ll start at 6:00p.m. It will be a time of food, and community, with a bonfire and S-More’s… and did I mention food? Oh yeah… we’re Baptist! LOL!
Love you all! Have a blessed week and see you Sunday if not before. Brian Harrison