With the sad shooting at First Baptist Church Sutherland Springs, Texas, during their service last Sunday, as First Baptist Church Toronto with fellow Churches, feel and share their loss. “Dear Lord, we pray for the families affected by this tragedy and ask for Your comfort and strength to the community of Sutherland. We also pray AGAIN and AGAIN, for our Nation and World, against the ongoing global disasters, deception and evil. O Lord, we pray for Your mercy over Your creation, and for Your control over Your creatures. And as Thy Kingdom has come, we also anticipate Thy Son, our Messiah, Jesus Christ, to come again and rule…Maranatha! Even so, come Lord Jesus and let Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Amen.”
Last Sunday’s 191st Anniversary service was a blessed Worshipful day, with the reminder that our bragging rights is about our Lord Jesus and His 2000+ year story. Our praise and prayer were in sync, as we gave thanks for our Gospel legacy in downtown Toronto. And though a few choir members missed due to emergency, we sensed angels were singing with the beautiful ministry of our Choir rendition. Our ministry friend and speaker Rev. Dave Russell, further encouraged us to continue with God’s “Missional Strategy – to leave no one behind”, as he affirmed the words from our Mission Statement that yes, we are a “Community of Christ’s Disciples”. We were admonished with the story of Elijah and Obadiah over their concerned fear of King Ahab and Jezebel (1 Kings 18 &19). But through proven success with God’s leading, God used Obadiah to INFILTRATE the power of Ahab, by protecting 100 prophets from Jezebel; informed Elijah of ASSIMILATION, by reserving 7000 followers to not bow to Baal; and Elijah to CONFRONT Ahab against Baal worship and idolatry. Every generation/culture shares similar notions of God using people to Infiltrate, Assimilate, and Confront the evil of their particular Community and Nation. You will serve well to be used by God for either or all. Which are you?
The Lord Appears to Elijah:
The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.” Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a “gentle whisper” (a still small voice). When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave. 1 Kings 19:11-13