Good News for Wednesday, November 4th
Happy November 4th everyone! As a friend of mine noted, the sun did, in fact, rise this morning! That makes this a good day indeed. In the spirit of that joy, I would invite you to hear the wisdom of John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist movement, from nearly 250 years ago.
“Lay so much stress on opinions, that all your own, if it be possible, may agree with truth and reason; but have a care of anger, dislike, or contempt towards those whose opinions differ from yours. You are daily accused of this; (and, indeed, what is it whereof you are not accused?) but beware of giving any ground for such an accusation. Condemn no man for not thinking as you think: Let everyone enjoy the full and free liberty of thinking for himself: Let every man use his own judgment, since every man must give an account of himself to God. Abhor every approach, in any kind or degree, to the spirit of persecution. If you cannot reason or persuade a man into the truth, never attempt to force him into it. If love will not compel him to come in, leave him to God, the Judge of all.”
– John Wesley, Advice to the People Called Methodists
Wesley was a big believer in truth and reason. He believed that God gave us a brain so that we might know right from wrong and fact from fiction- and then act accordingly. He also understood that reasonable opinions can vary greatly from person to person. Because there is one God of us all, Wesley believed it was paramount that those who looked to him for guidance from God not fall into sin by turning against another child of God for any reason- especially for opinions. Wesley pointed to Jesus’ message when encouraging Christians to do nothing other than love others and to leave all judgement to God.
What you don’t have in the quote above is the context in which Wesley gave this advice. He lived in Great Britain and wrote these words in the mid 1700s. The people of his day had very different political opinions on a number of topics including what their relationships should be like toward the French and other Europeans (who they fought many wars against), the morality of slavery, and the independence of the American colonies. Simply put, John Wesley did not live in simpler times.
And yet, his message remains clear. Whether you agree with your neighbors or not, Jesus calls us to love one another completely. May you and I, as the Body of Christ, continue to be examples of such a counter-cultural love to the whole world.
Blessings in the wilderness,
Pastor Andy Blacksher
Connect, Grow and Serve…
Carrie Johnson As we celebrated All Saints Day on Sunday we acknowledged the passing of these Faithbridge Church members in the past year. Take time this week to remember their families in your prayers. If you were unable to join us you can watch the service HERE.
St. Anthony Catholic Church in Camdenton is offering a “You Heat & Eat at home” meal from 11 am – 2 pm on Thanksgiving Day. You can drive over and pick-up curbside or deliveries are available for those who are homebound, or cannot go to St. Anthonys to pick up the dinner.
For more information call Lisa at 573-216-0209 or Joyce for home delivery at 573-317-0121.
Life Line Screening
What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You!
- If you are age 21-80 learn your risk for developing 6 different chronic diseases
- $3 out of every $4 spent on healthcare is for treatment of chronic disease
- Better lifestyle habits can help prevent 80% of heart disease and 90% of type 2 diabetes
The 6 for Life Health Assessment measures your risk of developing 6 chronic diseases, including heart disease, congestive heart failure, stroke, diabetes, COPD, and lung cancer. A customized report will determine which risk factors contribute most to your disease risk and are within your control to change. Finger-stick blood tests along with biometric measurements are included with this assessment. These are separate from our vascular screenings.
Faithbridge Church will be hosting a Life Line Screening preventive health event on Friday, November 20, 2020.
Protect your health by registering today for the 6 for Life Health Assessment for $79. Call 1-888-653-6441 or visit www.lifelinescreening.com/communitycircle or text the word circle to 797979 to schedule your appointment. Take control of your health, knowledge is empowering.
By our Prayers…
Please remember the following people and situations in your prayers this week:
Kathy Browns- Rusty Fowler’s cousin who is fighting cancer
Darrel Johnson – Keith Johnson’s brother who has been diagnosed with early-stage lung cancer. Prayers for the whole family.
Christy McField – Debbie Geasley’s sister-in-law who has breast cancer
Levin McGee – Sharon and Norm’s grandson needs prayers for doctors to make a confident diagnosis of the problems in his shoulder.
Kay Page – Kay is recovering from COVID-19.
Mona Poole – Mona is recovering from COVID-19.
Bonnie Wood- prayers as her father has an angiogram scheduled for tomorrow, and a more involved heart procedure to follow.
(To be included in this list, please reply to this email or contact the church office.)