First Baptist Church Woodbridge VA  
 

 
Search - Categories
Search - Content
Search - Sermon messages
Search - Staff
Search - Calendar
FacebookTwitter






Banner Information
Type of Data Image HTML Text
Upload Image
Upload File
Delete File
Banner Location
Show in
Selected Pages Selected categories Selected Menu Item(s)
Attach to this page
(Hold ctrl to select multiple)
Attach to these categories
(Hold ctrl to select multiple)
Attach to these menu items
(Hold ctrl to select multiple)
Banner Publishing
Graphic will link to Nothing Page in site Custom URL
Start Publishing calendar
Finish Publishing calendar
Published Yes No
 
29
Aug

Hope?

Posted by on in Pastor's Blog
  • Font size: Larger Smaller
  • Print
  • Report this post

The world's a mess.

 

I know...that's pretty much a "duh!" statement. 

 

As I write this, evidence is mounting for a United States response to chemical weapons used on civilians in Syria.  Egypt is under military rule, civil war looms, Christian churches have been burned, and it's unknown how long it will take before any direction becomes evident.  Things are tense with Russia, China, almost anything having to do with the Middle East, and you would be hard-pressed to find anything positive almost anywhere.

 

Things "at home" are not better.  The recession may be over but it doesn't feel like it.  Sequestration doesn't help.  Problems abound. Spending or spending cuts, healthcare, privacy vs. security, immigration, and job creation, are problems begging for a solution.  Government inaction, or intractability, or ineptitude, are all talked to death--but just like talking abou the weather or taxes, everybody's talking but no one does anything about it. 

 

Moral anarchy is evident--nothing is wrong anymore.  Whether it is the bewildering popularity of the Kardashians or the lasciviousness of a Miley Cyrus, making a name for yourself comes from making a spectacle of yourself.  We live in a "new normal" where we are no longer morally outraged because there is no longer anything that is morally outrageous.

 

The world is a mess.

 

You could almost give up hope.  If your hope is built on an earthly utopia, despair is an acceptable option.  If you believe humanity has proven we have the wherewithall to make a heaven on earth, there is scant evidence to back up that perspective.  BUT, our hope is "built on nothing less than Jesus blood and righteousness."  The only hope of the world is Jesus--that is not a trite, tired, statement.  It is the eternal reality of God re-learned in every circumstance, in every age, and declared into the hearts of every believer. 

 

We express this hope as we pray as Jesus taught us to pray, "Your Kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven".  One day that prayer will be answered completely and eternally.  For now, we pray, we hope, we work, and we watch for where God is working and join in His work.

 

The world's a mess...but Jesus is Lord.

 

Grace and peace,

 

Pastor Ray

  • Guest
    Christie Aremu Saturday, 31 August 2013

    :D Amen Pastor Ray! Thank you for this encouraging reminder.

Leave your comment

Guest Wednesday, 30 July 2014

 


M2 Monthly Breakfast and Equipping Workshop #4
Created On Friday, 25 July 2014
Saturday, August 2, 8:00-10:30 AM in the Fellowship Hall Our time will consist of chow and a message on how to share the...

"Are You In"
Created On Friday, 25 July 2014
So are you in a group and in the Word? The time is coming soon that you can be in a new home group. Registration begins...

Keep Updated on Mission Trips
Created On Thursday, 24 July 2014
Want to stay updated on the Mission trips? Visit the blog sites for each trip to see how God is working! The blog site...

Only Human
Sunday, July 27, 2014
 
 
 
Contact Address: 13600 Minnieville Road Woodbridge, VA 22193                         Phone: 703-730-9009
Sign In or Register
Avatar
Not Registered Yet?

If you have no website account, click the SIGNUP link below and then confirm your account through email.

Reset My password - Remind Me My username

Username
Password
Remember me