EDGE BAPTIST CHURCH
From the Pastor's Desk:
Happy Fourth of July, Edge Baptist Family ! As Americans, we will celebrate oue freedom this month with fireworks, cooking out on the grill, and whatever else may serve as the tradition for your family. Memorial Day is not too far removed from us, according to the calendar, and our thoughts should still include recognition of those who died in service to their nation so that we could possess and acknowledge our freedoms today. I am saddened by the reality that many of these holidays linked to our freedom are nothing more than an excuse to get a day off from work and be paid for it. It is all about the " a day off with pay" mentality for many folks and not at all about appreciating the suffering and sacrifice made by many in order to establish and preserve our freedoms. What a tragedy ! We should be about reminding our families and friends that"freedom is not free !" Our Founding Fathers risked their health, lives, and possessions to establish this Nation upon the Judeo-Christian ethics as expressed in the Word of God.
Along that same theme, there are many who do not truly appreciate the full impact of what was accomplished at Calvary and the Empty Tomb. The Apostle Paul wrote, by inspiration of the Holy Spirit, in 2 Timothy 1:5," When I call to remembrance the unfeigned (genuine) faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also." This is a biblical record that faith and truth can be passed from one generation to the next. The greater tragedy lies in the harmful and hurtful legacy that can also be passed along within a family. Some refer to this as a " generational curse" or a "family curse." I choose to call it SIN. Call it what you will, God holds you and me responsible to yield and submit to the leadership of the Holy Spirit as believers and commit ourselves to a willingness to change and be corrected in our behavior based on how the Bible says we are to live. I use the term "unteachable" to describe those who refuse to learn, listen, or change.
Along with all of the freedoms we enjoy, comes responsibility. Lois and Eunice were aware of their responsibility in regard to their family member young Timothy. In your family, pass along the glorious history and heritage we have as Americans. Even more so, pass along the truth of God's Word and the value of the Death, Burial and Resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. How you live and conduct yourself, and the attitudes you pass on to your children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, family and neighbors, and those in your church or Sunday School class, should reflect your faith and belief in the teachings of Scripture. We have all sinned (Romans 3:10 and 23) and made mistakes in the past. We can't unscramble scrambled eggs and we can't put the leaves back on the trees in October, BUT, we can purpose within our hearts and minds to allow GOD TO CHANGE US TODAY !!!! Think about it ! Pray about it ! Do it ! I'm excited !!! Take both your freedom as an American and your freedom from the penalty of sin based on the shed Blood of Jesus SERIOUSLY !!!!
In His Service,