Pleasant Home UMC
Sunday, November 23, 2014
Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors.
November 16 Humility-1 Thessalonians 2:9-13; Matthew 23:1-12
September to May
Sunday Worship Service 11:00 am
Hope you can join us.
"Then let the Flame burn brightly for all the world to see,
Shine the light of God's grace through all eternity.
The love that is in us, is Almighty God,
Let us fan this gift into Flame."
From the Pastor’s Desk...
While watching the news recently, I realized what a
frightening place the world has become. War against
ISIS, Russia battling with Ukraine, the wide world at
the risk of terrorist attacks, conflict between South
and North Korea, Israel’s war with neighbors and the
Ebola virus waiting to create an epidemic mind--
boggling concerns! As if these are not enough, we
have to deal with domestic conflicts and violence.
The world is being shattered and we are living in a
sinking world! But there is a bright light at the end of
the tunnel for us Christians. There is hope in our
Lord! Though the world we live in is evil, we must find
a way to deal with it continuously applying His Word
in our lives. A passage that comes to my mind at this
context is Ephesians 6: 13-17. I believe that it not
only refers to our current issues and concerns , but it
gives us comfort and hope. It says, “Therefore put on
the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil
comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and
after you have done everything to stand. Stand firm
then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist,
with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and
with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes
from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take
up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish
all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet
of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the
word of God.”
The first verse urges us to “put on the full armor of
God, so that when the day of evil comes...” It warns
us to be on our guard. When does the day of evil
come? Will it be the day when the Antichrist arrives
as predicted in the book of Revelation? The day of
evil is when you feel like dropping the shield of faith,
unbuckling your breastplate of righteousness, taking
off the shoes of the gospel of peace, and throwing
down the sword of the Spirit. It has already come. We
are living in the evil days.
We don’t need to be at war to experience the evil
days because the enemy strives to attack us ceaselessly.
One of the nurses, who treated the victims of
Ebola virus, said that even when she puts on all the protection
gear, a small part of her neck is still exposed and
she was scared that she might get infected. The truth is,
human efforts are nothing compared to the deadly powers
of the war we are fighting in the world, be it Ebola
virus or anything else! As we are approaching the end of
2014, life gets busier and perhaps more unpredictable in
every sense of the word and the evil might be getting
closer. Nonetheless, Paul reminds us through this passage
that we must put on the armor of God and stand
firm in the Lord. Only God can keep us secure under any