Beloved Concordia Family,

I am praying that you are having a good start to your week.   I am also praying that God will bless our beloved Concordia family with health during this tough allergy and flu season.  If there is a way that I/we can be of help to you, please don’t hesitate to let us know.

This past weekend we continued our sermon series titled, History’s Most Memorable Speech.  The message, based on Matthew 5, was called, Tackling Tough Topics.  At the heart of this message was a template for dealing with the tough topics and difficult conversations in our lives.  We called it the 5 A’s of Shining.

 

5 A’s of Shining!

Affirm – Affirm that which is good.

Jesus begins with two commandments upon which everyone is in agreement:  “Do not murder.”  “Do not commit adultery.”  We don’t begin with “Guns Blazing!”  Jesus came to defeat sin, not sinners.

Add – Add to that which is incomplete.

Jesus helps His listeners understand that these commandments are not just about bad things we do.  Murder is more than violence … Adultery is more than sexuality … it comes from the heart!

 Apprehend – Apprehend that which is wrong.

Jesus flatly rejects “right to divorce.”  He speaks out and indicates that divorce is NOT what God intends for our families. He apprehends the error of the thinking and rationalization!

 Apply – Always apply the Gospel!

In order to be the “Light of the World’ as Jesus calls us, we must always share the hope and love that Jesus came to bring.  We are never qualified to be judges of other people’s lives.  We are witnesses to the power of the Gospel to change lives!

God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him. (John 3:17)

 Ask – Don’t forget to Ask!

Life is complicated!  We need to try to understand more than just what people do, but it helps to understand why they are doing it … why they think the way they do. Don’t just pontificate; communicate!

O LORD, YOU have searched me, and YOU know me. (Psalm 139:1)

 

I hope you have a great week and that you “shine like a star in the universe” in your home, your workplace, among your friends … you get the idea!

God bless you and keep you.

Pastor Bill

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