Hold tight to what’s true…

I am part of a mid-size church nestled between one of the wealthiest areas of Dallas, Texas and the city’s poorest neighborhood. We are an eclectic picture of the Body of Christ. Rich sit beside the poor, African refugees beside African-Americans, seminary graduates beside the homeless, seekers beside long-time Christ followers. Grace is freely offered, truth is freely spoken and no name is higher than the name of Jesus.

This morning as I got ready for church, I prayed for a real thirst quenching. I came away drenched. Like a soaked sponge.

The Church is stirred up today, worried about what the future holds. God’s people are seeing the definition of marriage challenged, watching ISIS kill those who declare the name of Jesus, alert to the racism and hatred flooding fill the news and people are concerned about what will happen to religious organizations in the United States.

Fear is being allowed to invade minds that are supposed to focus on the good things of God.Phil4_RegimenswithGrace

It is creeping into our hearts when we are told that Jesus has overcome the world. Jn16_RegimenswithGrace

With all of that, I’d like to quote a small portion of the sermon I heard today:

Jesus will provide.

He can open the eyes of the blind and open the ears of the deaf but we’ve got to stop being dumb.

We really do. I’m not naïve. Just believing in Jesus isn’t going to solve any of these problems we face.

They may take away our tax-free status and stop giving people deductions for their charitable giving. The government may threaten us with fines or even imprisonment for speaking out against these things. What are we going to do?

I know what I’m going to do.

I’m going to keep preaching.

If they fine me ,then I’ll go broke.

If they send me to jail, then I’ll preach there.

And if they kill me then I will join that blessed band who “suffered mocking and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. 37They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were killed with the sword. They went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, afflicted, mistreated — 38 of whom the world was not worthy — wandering about in deserts and mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.” These people “acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth. 14For people who speak thus make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. 15…they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city.” (Hebrews 11:36-38; 13-16)


Me?

One day, several years ago, I lifted my opened hands and said, “I surrender all.”

It was the most freeing thing I have ever done.

I trusted Him then. I trust Him now. I can trust Him with my future.


You can listen to or watch Gary Brandenburg’s entire sermon at Fellowship Bible Church Dallas here: Blind, Deaf and a Little Bit Dumb

Follow me!

Angela

A recovered prodigal and expert breeder of dustbunnies, I'm a wife and a mother who just wants to live all-out, whole-heartedly, full-tilt boogie for Jesus. Living life with abandon combined with the daily regimens of life can be hard - that's where grace comes in. Oh, I love the balance of grace.
Follow me!

Latest posts by Angela (see all)

We love it when you share!
Share on Facebook22Email this to someoneShare on Google+2Tweet about this on TwitterPrint this pagePin on Pinterest1

Published by

Angela

A recovered prodigal and expert breeder of dustbunnies, I'm a wife and a mother who just wants to live all-out, whole-heartedly, full-tilt boogie for Jesus. Living life with abandon combined with the daily regimens of life can be hard - that's where grace comes in. Oh, I love the balance of grace.

6 thoughts on “Hold tight to what’s true…”

  1. Yes, it’s a fearful time right now, if we don’t keep our focus on Jesus. He is in control. Thank you for these encouraging words. I’m your neighbor at #RaRa link up today. : )

    1. Thank you Dawn. Remembering that God is still on His throne and that we know how it all ends provides a whole lot of peace! So glad you stopped by!

  2. Hi Angela! Reading your recent comment on my post about teens made me know I had to come find out more about who you are. I am so excited to know you are here. So much encouragement in this post “for such a time as this.”

    We lived in Texas all our lives until God moved us to Virginia. The context was a Christian university, so after reading your comment about your college-aged daughter, I think we have much in common. I’m looking forward to knowing more about your life and your story!

    1. Hi Christi!
      I think I read in your bio that you were affiliated with Liberty? I lived in Virginia through my 10th grade year and my church in Chesapeake had quite a few connections with what was then known as Liberty Baptist University. I was actually at the groundbreaking on Liberty Mountain on July 4, 1976! I went to the recently defunct Tennessee Temple (preacher’s kid) and my daughter is heading off to Lee University in Cleveland, TN. The comparison is, um, a bit humorous. We were thrilled with Lee’s campus and atmosphere.
      I gained about a bazillion pounds by religiously following What to Eat When You’re Expecting. Someone should have told me I didn’t have to eat all 12 categories every single day! Let’s work on the Launch book – we can start after I recover from the shock of being able to see her bedroom floor again.
      Thanks so much for coming by! My mom lives in Virginia so if you are anywhere near Harrisonburg or Staunton…

Leave a Reply