Dear Church family,

It is mid-June and we have just come through a few days of extreme heat. That was the weather we experienced. But it seems that on a regular basis there is also ‘extreme heat’ that occurs concerning different views on how the president is handling issues. I realize that we will never be a country completely united. We are a diverse people. Diverse in our ethnic backgrounds, religious views, and in many other ways. We have varying opinions about how and what we should do about a variety of things. At times, the difference in opinions seems to create sparks and generate ‘extremely heated’ debates on how to resolve issues at hand.

Recently, the issue on ‘the front page’ is concerning illegal immigrants, their children, and how to respond to their desire to come into this country. I came across this article that is insightful – Separating Children at the Border. The article gives some background on ‘how we got here.’ Take a moment to read it and reflect on what Jim Denison is saying.

Often times we are too quick to come to judgment on something. I can be guilty of that as well. We post our feelings about issues on social media and sometimes create quite a stir. Sometimes the things we say, write, or repost don’t really reflect a biblical worldview. Sometimes they can add to ‘the heat’ and poorly reflect the gospel of Jesus.

There are many tough issues that we face in this world. Remember, we live in a fallen world. We are all infected with sin and are affected by its consequences. We face the effects of sin on humanity every day. Remember, that the good news of the gospel is the light of Jesus! He is hope for sinful man! I am thankful for His grace.

2 Corinthians 4:7 (NLT) We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves. 

We want Jesus to be seen. He is the ‘great treasure’, the hope for man!

Walking with you,

Pastor Brian