Brothers and sisters,
Happy Monday to all! We had a wonderful day of worship as we sang praise to God and read Scripture from Psalm 103, Romans 5 and Isaiah 57. We then thought about the warnings against religious hypocrisy that Jesus spoke in Matthew 23. Those warnings teach us to continually guard ourselves against religious hypocrisy. Jesus warned us against living for the for the applause of men instead of the glory of God. We don’t want to live before others acting like we love God and others but not actually loving God and others. We can appear clean and alive when truly we are corrupt and dead, if our religion is about what is in it for us instead of being centered in Christ Jesus saving us to live for the glory of God. Don’t live for the applause and praise of men but for the glory and praise of God!
It was also wonderful yesterday to commission and pray for Damon and Megan as they move to Michigan. We had a great time in our potluck honoring Damon and Megan. It truly was a joy to celebrate all they mean to us at East Madison. Yes, it is bittersweet because we will miss them, but we believe God is sending them from us to be used for His glory as they move on.
Damon and Megan need some help this Friday, January 17, at 5:30 PM to load their moving truck. They will provide pizza to all who help. I hope to see you there. Their address is 880 Garden Dr., Apt. 90, Sun Prairie.
Love being your pastor!
Bob Ray, Pastor, East Madison Baptist Church