Romans 15:4 “For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.”

Our community is reeling from the news of a third deputy sheriff murdered while serving in the line of duty this year.  As Christians, we can see that the issues threatening our community are spiritual at their very core.  Jesus said “Satan comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10).  Galatians 5 shows how a heart unrestrained to sin will impact a community with hatred, selfishness, sexual perversion, idolatry, witchcraft, drugs and alcohol.  Galatians 5 also shows the positive impact a Christian can have by demonstrating the fruit of the Spirit.

Our culture is unraveling, and the Church is in position to provide the answer to stop the insanity.  Our message is clear: there is life and hope in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.  Take this message to your school, workplace and neighborhood.  Don’t be rude or offensive, but do not be ashamed of the message.  1 Peter 3:15 states “in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect.”

I would ask you to pray for the families of the three fallen sheriff’s deputies who were murdered.   Deputy Zackari Parrish leaves behind his wife Gracie and their two daughters; Deputy Heath Gumm leaves behind his wife Natasha; Deputy Micah Flick leaves behind his wife Rachael and their seven-year-old twins.  We also pray for the larger community of first responders.  Police officers, sheriff’s deputies, fire fighters, EMT’s and others who place their lives on the line every day to protect you and me.

Matthew 5:16 “Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.