Pastor's Paragraph, 11/21/2017

Dear Church Family,

By the time you read this Thanksgiving will be underway or just past. I know I am looking forward to the time we will be having with our children and grandchildren (hopeful most if not all will be present). There is truly an endless list of blessings to be thankful for or as the old hymn encourages to count. One of the blessings that Amy and I count often is the joy of being a part of FBC Bridge City. We are thankful to be here with you serving Christ together. Our prayer is for each of you to be blessed with God’s evident presence during this season and lovingly reminded of the joy and blessing of Jesus Christ. Thank you all for loving us and encouraging us in Christ.

We continue our sermon series, “All in the Family”, this Sunday by diving in to the second part of 1 Corinthians 13. We were humbled by the reality of God’s love for us demonstrated in Jesus’ life, death, burial, and resurrection. We were reminded of the absolute necessity of love being the driving force for all we do. We began to understand the magnitude of real love, a divine love, and wrestle with the fact we are lacking in it. However, we are called to love in this way because God has loved us in this capacity. We are to be the proclaimers of the Gospel by means of living out a divine love before and in the midst of the people.

The trouble is we also see that any action devoid of love is simply an action of the flesh and of no value in God’s economy. Yet, to love in a divine manner requires an action in which we demonstrate it. At times the dilemma feels like a riddle. “Which came first, the chicken or the egg?” “Which came first, the love or the action?” Paul is instructing us to move away from childish thinking in that we need the emotion of love to be able to love. Divine love is an act which places the recipients need above the givers own well-being. We do not need to “feel” the love to love our neighbor, our spouse, our children, etc. God loved us when we did not even care about God. Are you ready to love others God’s way?

FBCBC is where the “impossible” is a living reality every day and Christ is who we seek to exalt. Invite someone to be a part of what God is doing at FBCBC.

Your Pastor,
Douglas Shows
1 Corinthians 13:13

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