The First Resort
“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people – for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all people.” (I Timothy 2:1-6)
I took the liberty of noting in the above passage some of the words that have stood out to me, particularly this week with what’s been transpiring in Baltimore, the Supreme Court, Nepal, and elsewhere.
The first thing we’re urged to do is pray and intercede – not blog (although nothing against blogging – they can be good resources), not post rants on social media, not spiral into “hell in a handbasket” rhetoric. And we’re to pray and intercede with thanksgiving. Prayer is not the last resort, it’s the first. In many cases, there is more to do beyond prayer, but the first and greatest thing we do is respond on our knees.
I’m thrilled to continue our series “Anti-Fragile Love” with you. We’ll be swimming in the waters of Matthew 19:3-12. Bring your Bible, an open heart, and a friend!
Speaking of Nepal, The Branch Church supports the Christian Relief Fund on a monthly basis. This is one of the ministries supported by your offerings. (By the way, don’t forget this weekend is a “first and ten” weekend. Many of you remember that your first and ten offerings were used to drill those water wells in Somalia and Kenya, which are still saving lives today.) CRF has boots on the ground in Nepal working in disaster relief. If you’d like to make an extra gift to aid the work there, you can go to www.ChristianReliefFund.org
Grace and Peace,
See You This Weekend!
Posted on Sat, May 2, 2015
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