I’m doing some “housekeeping” with us for a few weekends at The Branch and addressing some matters on my heart as they relate to our church and the culture around us. There are some good things to celebrate among us, and some difficult things going on around us. It’s no secret that the rate of depression and suicide is rising in our country. I’m going to take the next two weekends and reflect on this with you, taking into account the wisdom of Scripture, the gospel of Jesus, and the reality of our day. It’s my hope that our time together over the next couple of weekends will further equip us as instruments of hope, healing, and peace as we continue to speak the word of life that is Jesus.
Speaking of Jesus, I began this “housekeeping” series this past weekend by addressing what our “house” is to be all about – what should soak through and shape all we do in our lives and as a church. I know many were still traveling for the summer, so if you missed it, please check it out here. “Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, descended from David. This is my gospel.” (2 Timothy 2:8)
For those who heard the message, let’s continue to pray for: those we know who are dying of thirst and invite them to The Branch; an increased awareness of the Lord’s presence among us in our gatherings; and a river to run through us which blesses others and brings glory to the Lord.
This coming weekend, we’ll also take a few moments in our services to recognize and pray for the teachers, administrators, staff, and coaches among us, as well as all of our students. Bring a student or someone in education with you. It’ll be a blessing!
Finally, I saw last week that the bankruptcy rate has dramatically increased for people 65 years of age and older in our country. Financial challenges and stress is something that isn’t restricted to one age or category in our country. A new session of Financial Peace University starts this coming Sunday at our Farmers Branch Campus at 9:00 am. It’s a helpful resource. There’s still time to register. Click here.
See You Thursday Night Or Sunday!
Grace and Peace,