By: Dannetta Feleay
The past six months have had its ups and downs, …excitement, uncertainty, frustration and everything in between. The devotions, scripture readings, and prayers-September through December 2016-in Our Daily Bread have been a reminder of (God’s commands, promises), a challenge (that I must strive to be more committed in my walk with the Lord), and an encouragement and hope (that God will be beside me as I continue my journey). And I have used some of the thoughts from Our Daily Bread.
There are times “we” as Church members and attendees, who are also Christians, might disagree, complain or gripe to anyone, and not always in a pleasant voice. When we focus on our negative thoughts and others don’t agree with us, or don’t want to listen, our attitude might become angry and hateful.
Forgive me, Lord, when I bring anger into a situation. Soften my heart and help me use my words to encourage others.
Sometimes, we think we know how everything should be, that “our way” is the “only way”. We should seek God’s way, will, and opinion before we say something.
Philippians 2:3b tells us “…but in humility, consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests but also to the interests of others”.
While there may be something to complain about, discuss the issue with the person in charge, also, if we look carefully, there always will be blessings to be thankful for.
Oswald Chambers said, “The knowledge that God has loved me beyond all limits will compel me to go into the world to love others in the same way”.
Teach me the liberating joy of being thankful. Lord, help me to find the blessings that are locked up in the things I complain about and be willing to encourage, and even sincerely compliment, others and give You the thanks, praise, and glory!
Our Pastor needs encouragement! And He deserves to be treated with love and respect. I know that Jim and I are not the only ones at Church who have seen how Pastor Mike has grown and how the Lord has used him to help us grow since he and Connie came.
1 Peter 2:17 “Show proper respect to everyone; Love the brotherhood of believers, fear God, honor the king”
We have elected Godly men as elders and deacons to work with our pastor and our congregation. they have been transparent, willing to share their ideas and decisions and are also open to suggestions and willing to listen. They also should have our respect when we share our thoughts.
…Just imagine you were and elder, a deacon or the pastor, … if five or ten people came to you, with a preference as to what would be the best time to have our Sunday Morning Worship Service or the ABF Classes. They each had a different time and had a reason why their time was the BEST and ONLY time. This a mess I wouldn’t like to deal with.
The Offical Board and the various volunteer committees have done research and looked at different plans. I know they must be trying hard to please, but you know you can’t please everybody all of the time.
Our youth are very important. Many college students are involved in a ministry that is very popular. They are studying God’s Word and bringing their friends. It is called the Salt Company. Our Youth Department is using some of the Salt Co. ideas, and from what I’ve learned from talking with them, they are growing through the Small Life Group plan. I pray we are all open to trying new ideas to bring young people into our fellowship.
Marian trader told me I could mention her experience. She had a great time talking with a tableful of our youth in Fellowship Hall. This was a “new thing” for her and it happened because she was willing to step out in faith and wasn’t offended because they filled in at her table when she stepped away.
As a group, our leaders have been, and are, very straight forward about seekings God’s Will. They have asked us to pray for His Will. To know, understand, and discern God’s Will can be demanding and requires a lot of patience.
When we are concerned and struggle with situations and difficult circumstances, an encouraging word from someone can lift out spirits and renew our faith. This may be done with a kind word in a phone call, a card or written note. It won’t take a lot of time, but it could mean so very much to the other person.
First Federated Church needs and wants to be known as a friendly and Christ Centered Church. It is important for us to reach out, on a regular, consistent basis: to visitors, people who have come for the first time or the fifth time, to people you’ve seen, and maybe even spoken to, but don’t know, to people who are not in your ‘group’ or ‘ABF’, and also to your friends (this also shows we are a friendly church).
There is life changing power in the words of scripture.
Ephesians 4:4-6 “There is one body and one Spirit – just as you were called to one hope when you were called – one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.”
Colossians 3:12b-14 “…clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have agaisnt one another. And over all these virtues put on love, which bind them all together in perfect unity.”