Dear Church Family –
A week ago today I was sick. What I thought was a cold or the flu was getting worse. I knew I needed some professional help. So, I went to the doctor. They did tests and x-rays. I found out what I needed to know and in a few days I was well again!
These last four days with our Life Action event has been like going to the doctor. They have helped us analyze our spiritual health and have given us prescriptions. It hasn’t always been comfortable but the spiritual health and strength is worth it.
Last night was a special and strengthening time of gathering around others and praying for them. Thank you, church family, for your prayers for me and Judith! We feel your love and support and blessing.
Tonight at 7 will be our final session with the Life Action team. We’re looking forward to it.
Thanks to all of you who have made this event possible by hosting team members, by bringing food, by loaning cars, and by participating with open hearts and eager spirits.
The Life Action conference has helped us speak truth to ourselves.
“So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, ‘If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.’” (John 8:31-32)
“Behold, You desire truth in the innermost being, and in the hidden part You will make me know wisdom.” (Psa 51:6)
Speaking truth to ourselves, or to anyone else, is in short supply in America. After the Texas mall shooting last Saturday, Governor Gavin Newsome of California criticized Congress for not passing gun control legislation. He said, “We have become a nation that is more focused on the right to kill than the right to live.”
Wait a minute. Isn’t this the same Governor who has vehemently supported access to abortion and has made his state an abortion destination? Yes, same Governor. And he probably doesn’t see his own inconsistency. His statement is right. “We have become a nation that is more focused on the right to kill than the right to live.” But his application is selective and flawed and blinded.
I prayed for Governor Newsom this morning. I prayed that he will see his inconsistency and that it will make him uncomfortable and draw him toward truth.
Governor Newsome is an easy target. It’s harder to tell ourselves the truth. Sometimes we need help from a spiritual doctor.
“Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me and know my anxious thoughts; and see if there be any hurtful way in me, and lead me in the everlasting way.” (Psa 139:23-24)
Thanks for your love, joy, and freedom in truth! – Pastor Tim