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Living Simply in a Complex World
 
The Apostle Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 11:3 to encourage the saints to live
wholly-devoted to Christ:
“But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by
 his  craftiness, your minds will be led astray from
 the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ.” Jesus
was asked, as recorded in Matthew 22:36-40, “36
Master, which is the great commandment in the
law? 37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord
thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with
 all thy mind. 38 This is the first and great commandment.
39 And the second is like unto it,
Thou shalt love thy
neighbour as thyself. 40 On these two commandments
hang all the law  and the prophets.

It doesn’t take a very long time to find ourselves embroiled in multiple complexities that vie for our energy, time, and  focus.
So, I’m comforted in my spirit and soul and body when I remember the simple words of Christ: Love God, Love People;
and the words of Paul: Be devoted to Christ. Life can get real simple by adhering to and adjusting our complex lives accordingly.
I thank you for the honor of serving the Lord with you here at FBC!

Soli Deo Gloria!

Mario
 
 

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                        From the Heart of Pastor Keith                        

That’s What Summer Is For
 
The Bible is full of lessons and illustrations from agriculture. That’s what most people understood in Bible times. They survived by raising crops and animals. So the lessons hit home. They were easy to understand and they were especially easy to remember. What farmer could forget the lesson Jesus taught in the parable of the soils? Every time he went out to scatter seed that story and the truths it taught would come to mind again.
 
An extended visit to a farm or ranch would help a lot of us get more value out of those parables and analogies. When we lived in the cotton patch of west Texas we saw truth illustrated everywhere by these simple patterns   of life. I think about one in particular each summer.
 
Summer is kind of the “slow” time on a cotton farm. If the weather cooperates and the bugs and weeds don’t   get too bad, the farmer might find he has time to do other things than to obsess over the condition of his crops. He may not have to spend 15 or 16 hours a day every day in the field. The ground was prepared and the seeds planted months before, now, it’s the growing season. Not much can help that along except sunshine and rain. Some farmers even plan and take long vacations in the summer. They leave behind a field hand to hoe weeds    or run a sand fighter through the field if necessary, but they can afford to be away while God takes care of the crops for a couple of months.
 
It seems a lot like a farming community when I look at our church in late July. There isn’t a great deal of        activity. A lot of people are gone on vacations, enjoying some well-deserved, and important time with family and friends, doing something besides work. But the seeds have been planted for a successful fall. The work still is being tended and a close watch is being kept on things, just biding a little time during this season.
 
I can’t believe it’s almost the end of July. Won’t be long until school is back underway and we’re welcoming folks back from the “slow” part of the season. The plans and preparations have been made. The work is before us. The harvest is going to be great. Let’s do our part to ensure that the workers will not be few.