I wanted to give you an update as God was busy answering your prayers. Howard Lacks surgery, though later than planned, went very well. He made it through the surgery and the doctors were pleased. Thank you for praying and please continue to pray as he recovers.

We are all horrified at the shooting of the Congressman and others in Alexandria, VA. How sad and sick that someone would seek to kill others because of their political views – something that’s happened in the world but not like this in our nation. One of the factors seems to be words. Now let me make sure you understand this applies to both sides.

Seems the “art” and speeches advocating hate toward others, only fueled a sick fire in this man’s mind and emboldened him to take the action he did.

While we often think that words can’t hurt us, they do. The Bible constantly speaks of caution when it comes to what we say about others. Paul tells us to speak kindly and to speak words that encourage. However as a culture we’ve become accustomed to saying whatever we want to about others.

As believers, our standard should be higher than that of any politician.

As Paul says, we should speak the truth in love – Ephesians 4:15. It’s very important that you catch the two major words in that verse.

First, truth. Listen, truth is not what you think it is and it’s not what someone else thinks it is. Truth is not impression, it’s not innuendos, it’s not beliefs, it’s the truth. Never say anything about others that you do not know is absolutely true. It doesn’t matter how it looks, what you think, what others think – find the truth. The enemy disguises the truth very well so the first test of your speech should be – “Is it true?”

Second, love. Love doesn’t speak to harm others. Love doesn’t cut others down. Love doesn’t speculate, when we know it may not be true. Love cares deeply about the other person and is willing to sacrifice itself for the sake of others. Love goes the second mile, love doesn’t keep records, and love is patient, kind and then some. Remember 1 Corinthians 13?

I challenge you to watch what you say and put it to the Ephesians 4:15 test.
Don’t forget Sunday is going to be a special day of honoring Father’s and worshiping our Lord. Don’t miss being in God’s house with God’s people to praise and worship Him.
IIIJ,

Pastor Carl