RE Verse reading–Acts 20:17-35 (day two) “You yourselves know. . .how I was with you the whole time, serving the Lord with all humility and with tears and with trials that came upon me through the plots of the Jews” (vs18-19) Not to get political (as if there is any place safe from it), but those who care about anything must bear the conflict that comes. To say that President Obama “cares” may be political spin, but the fact that his sweeping new health care law was (and will be) a fight is not a surprise to him or anyone else. No leader can be naive at this point. Whether building a church or proposing a new entitlement program, all leaders face difficulty. Those who lead (and those who oppose them) must pay the price of conscience and conflict. God forbid that we grow soft and self-indulgent. To avoid conflict is to not care. Paul is our example. So is Jesus.
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I have prayed for you today. I honor you as the leader of FBC because I know “Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God. Therefore whoever resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God; and they who have opposed will receive condemnation upon themselves.” (Rom 13)
I have been led to pray today also for all the leadership of this country. I get that non-believers will act against God and His Word…. my prayer, however, is that believers would lift up their eyes/heads and trust God enough to come humbly to His Word, submit to it and believe/trust He knows the way forward. May it be so at least in my life, Father. Amen.