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Yesterday marked 17 years since the tragic events of 9/11/01. Honor was shown in many ways yesterday – honor for those who died, honor for those loved ones who still grieve, honor for those who are in various expressions of civil service.
Today is 9/12. Do you remember how most people were living on 9/12/01? They were arguing less about things that didn’t matter. They were apologizing, they were reconciling, they were appreciating the present moment with loved ones, they were conscious of their need for God in this dark world. In short, they were living more wisely. Yesterday we remembered 9/11. Let’s live today like we did during the days immediately after 9/11.
One of the things we learned last weekend in our new series on honor is the meaning of honor within Scripture. It comes from a word related to “weight” or “heavy.” To honor someone is to say they carry weight with us, they matter, and they are not to be taken lightly. We also learned why it’s important that we recognize how God has honored us before we consider what it means to honor Him or others.
This weekend, we’ll turn a corner and begin to explore what it means to honor God, and, in particular, His name. It might surprise you. Come with an open heart and friends in tow!
See You Thursday night or Sunday!
Grace and Peace,Chris
Though Hurricane Matthew has come and gone, its impact is still being felt. More people are actually in danger from cholera associated with contaminated water after the hurricane than from the actual hurricane itself. To combat this The Branch will be drilling wells with the Christian Relief Fund in the coming months. Thanks to those who participated with a gift toward disaster relief on behalf of Haiti.
I was inspired this week by Pedro Reyes, an artist from Mexico City, who transforms weapons discarded by the Mexican army into musical instruments. So far he has transformed 6,700 guns that were turned in or seized by the army and police. All of these guns came from Ciudad Juarez, a city of about 1.3 million people that averages about 10 killings every day. Reyes said that the guns he used are "just the tip of the iceberg of all the weapons that are seized every day and that the army has to destroy." Reyes takes as many of the weapons as he can to work with. It’s a powerful visual - instruments used for violence and transformed into instruments for music.
Did you know there are places in Scripture where our lives are referred to as instruments that undergo a transformation themselves? (Romans 6:13-14)
I love stories of transformation. All kinds. Our series on the transformative power of God continues this week. Read 1 Corinthians 1:26-31 and come with open hearts and friends in tow!
See you Thursday night or Sunday morning!
Grace and Peace,
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