We miss a lot of opportunities God gives us to grow when we’re too busy looking for a way out of the seemingly negative circumstances we find ourselves in. We feel stuck and the only thing we pray for is a way out, to get unstuck! But what if we aren’t stuck? What if God has us stationed in a certain place at a certain time for something bigger? A greater purpose? Look around. God can use you right where you are!Ryan Bramlett • Good News! • Philippians
We could all use some good news right now and the book of Philippians is full of good news. The term Good News is mentioned 10 times in this short, 4-chapter book. As Paul penned this letter from prison to his beloved church in Philippi, he gives us an example to follow. The book of Philippians teaches us how the Good News has the power to shape our everyday life and live it out with peace, joy and contentment. Ryan Bramlett • Good News! • Philippians 1
The most important question we, the Body of Christ, can ask right now with regard to systemic racism and injustice is, ‘What is God’s heart and what does He require?’ The Church has an important responsibility to lead the way, not just in speech, but in action and love. By following Christ’s example of humility, we can begin to do the hard work of repenting, listening and seeing all human beings as fellow image-bearers of God. Let Jesus change our minds so that our actions might follow.Aaron Brockett • What Now?
We don’t have a race problem in America, we have a racism problem, and God calls us, His Church, to speak into it. Racism is group prejudice coupled with institutional power and it has been killing all of us from the beginning of time. Let suffering speak, be part of the solution by taking meaningful action, and draw hope from the greatest justice warrior that ever lived—Jesus Christ. Aaron Brockett • Racism. Justice. Hope.