Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Remember Ten Years Ago

In honor of those we lost and their families, I’m sharing something my pastor, Mark Wilbanks, (Bradfordville First Baptist Church, Tallahassee, Florida) wrote and shared in a recent service:

A Different World

Ten years ago our world changed. The events of 9/11 are seared into our minds and hearts. Most of us can remember where we were and what we were doing when those planes struck the Twin Towers. The emotions were raw and intense – shock, outrage, fear, uncertainty … the list is long.

We live in a different world for more reasons than the way the terrorist attacks altered our attitudes and actions. Economic indicators, political issues, cultural shifts, catastrophic weather events, and other factors tell us we live in a new day – one that can cause more despair than hope, more confusion than certainty.

How are we to respond as people of faith? How are we to see the world as it really is rather than the way we might want it to be? Where is God in all of this? What message do Christians have in a world that doesn’t like to listen to us very often or at all? How do we speak the truth in love to people who like having their “ears tickled” (2 Tim. 4:1-4)?

Could there be great opportunity in these uncertain times? Could our faith become a beacon of hope? Peter Gomes, pastor and writer, penned these words after 9/11: “The whole record of Scripture, from Genesis to Revelation, and the whole experience of the people of God from Good Friday down to and beyond September 11, suggest that faith is forged on the anvil of human adversity. No adversity, no faith.”

REMEMBER 10 Years Ago:

How will we hand the story of 9/11 to the next generation?

What lessons have we learned?

Is there evidence that our Christian beliefs have become stronger?

Is there evidence that our Christian witness has grown stronger?

How has 9/11 changed you?

Let us pray …
• For spiritual awakening in our country, our community, our church
• For boldness and wisdom in our witness in our community and beyond
• For comfort and peace for those whose heartache and grief will be revisited
• For those who serve and live in countries and among people groups who have no relationship with Christ
• For wisdom and courage for those who lead us in all levels of government

Invite someone, or better yet, bring someone with you to worship this coming Sunday. During the next three weeks, we will explore how people of faith live in this different world. We will commemorate 9/11 in our services that day On Sunday, September 18, special guest, Dr. Freddy Davis, will preach on the subject, “Facing the Fear of the Call” from Ephesians 4.

On Wednesday nights (Sept. 21, 28 and Oct. 5), Dr. Davis will be teaching us about developing a Christian worldview. On the 25th, our worship theme will feature a passage from Romans 14 to encourage us to live out our faith to please God.

For those who are able to attend, Bradfordville First Baptist Church is located at 6494 Thomasville Road, Tallahassee, Florida, 32312. 850-893-0893. 

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