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Find updates, thoughts, event notices, or short message from Pastor Tim in his weekly blog posts. 

Wednesday Thoughts from Pastor Tim - May 8

Dear Church Family –

 

Just like we sometimes have to say hard things to our children, so God sometimes has to say hard things to His children—you and me.

 

Because we all struggle with a sin nature, we all need correction from time to time.  It’s needed, but not pleasant.  “No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.” (Heb 12:11)

 

Our sin nature is so insidious that we often do a right thing in a wrong way, or with the wrong attitude, or in a short-sighted way that causes more problems later.

 

God’s Word is a correction.  Both the admonition and the example of God’s people are a correction.  Our natural inclination is to push away these corrections, to explain them away.  It’s also our natural, sinful inclination to deflect these corrections onto someone else.  “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?  How can you say to your brother, 'Let me take the speck out of your eye,' when all the time there is a plank in your own eye?  You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye.” (Matt 7:3-5)

 

I’ve been thinking about all this lately, and looking at what’s in my own “eye.”  And this morning, God brought me to today’s reading from “Daily With the King,” by W. Glyn Evans:

 

“You disturb me often, Lord, both by Your sayings and by Your actions in my life.  But a Christ who never disturbed me, who never corrected me, who never disciplined me would be a Christ unworthy of my trust.  I praise You for the many times You comforted and consoled me and nursed my wounded feelings back to health.  But I thank You also for the times You refused to comfort me and told me to stop whining and get on with the job….

 

“Hard sayings are always dividers; they divide the true disciple from the spurious, they divide truth from falsehoods, and they divide the right feelings from the wrong ones.  A hard saying is a purifier that strips away all the crusty accumulations and leaves me clean.

 

“Hard sayings are painful, Lord, and they hurt.  But how much better to have a hard saying from Jesus, who loves me infinitely, than a smooth saying from Satan, who only wants to twist and bend me away!  Lord, give me sense to appreciate, yes love, Your hard sayings, and to take a giant stride to glory”

 

Thanks for being open to God’s Word and His people.  And thanks for showing Christ to our world.  – Pastor Tim

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