When Christians disappoint…

by Tom Welch on July 7, 2010

::truth::

When Christians disappoint.

Who do you look up to? Who do you put on a pedestal? Parents? Pastors? Missionaries? Friends? What happens when you get up close and see all the warts and blemishes? What happens when you see more of the “old man” than you do of Christ in them?

We often say, “don’t trust in people, people will always disappoint you”. But when it actually happens we are shocked and disillusioned.

What do I do with that discouragement?

You can let it remind you of the steadfast constancy and unchangeableness of God.

Thomas Watson, the great puritan theologian, contrasts the unchangeableness of God with the frailty of man:

See the vanity of the creature. There are changes in everything but in God. ‘Men of high degree are vanity, and men of low degree are a lie.’ Psa 62: 9. We look for more from the creature than God has put in it.

Sometimes we just “look for more in the creature than God has put in it”. At the core we are broken, troubled people whom God is graciously redeeming, re-molding, and restoring to the image of Christ. Nothing is going to get in the way of that work (Romans 8:26-39).

But the process is long and hard and we are all at different places on the journey.  And consider; could it be that you may have actually disappointed someone along the way? But please see the grace and patience of God with you as you stumble down the path. And pray for grace and patience for those who disappoint you.

The well wisher of your soul’s happiness,

Pastor Tom

::prayer::

Lorri M - A job was posted for a biology teacher at the high school across the street of where my fiancé will be working in the fall. I had interviewed with the principal for this school at the job fair, and would love nothing more than to work there. Pray for God’s favor in acquiring this job.

Deb T - Please pray for people to taste the bread, like it, and buy it. For Erica to understand algebra and ASL (American Sign Language). For Jim @ work. The heat drains him.

Annie M – Stress w/work and rehearsals.

Jim P - Check out www.call2fall.com and pray for our country.

::community::

Womens Bible Study: This summer we encourage you to participate in a 6 week study by Kelly Minter on the book of Ruth “hosted” by Beth Moore on the Living Proof Ministries website. See Tricia Phillips for details!

New Family Bible Hour Classes

“Major Lessons from the Minor Prophets”

Candy Hilton leads this multigenerational class as we survey the prophets from Hosea to Malachi. Does God really tell his prophet to marry a prostitute? Do prophets really hear the call of God and run in the opposite direction? Does God “romantically” win the hearts of his wandering people?  One thing is for sure, you will hear the heart of God in all his tenacity and tenderness!  For High School students through adults.

“Love that Lasts: When Marriage Meets Grace”

Pastor Tom will lead this class geared for all who are married and those who one day may be. In eight sessions we will apply what the Bible says about communication, conflict, romance, and intimacy. Based on the book by Gary and Betty Ricucci. For High School students through adults.

New Message Series: “Askitallogy” (Ask-it-all-ogy!). Beginning the second week in July I will be (attempting) to answer your questions about life, the Bible, practical issues, theological struggles, really – anything!  No question too easy or too hostile.  So “ask it all”!  Email Tom your questions or post them on our Southwest Church Facebook page.

::mission::

Scheduling Update: NEW-NEW-NEW DATE! Matthew’s Hope Homeless Dinner: On Tuesday, July 20th we will be having dinner with the homeless at Matthew’s Hope. They had a scheduling problem and wondered if we would be flexible. We are!

YMCA Family Fun Night: A great night of free food and fun for families in our community! Saturday, July 10, from 5-7 PM at the Roper YMCA Family Center. The Fun and Games will include a Hotdogs and popcorn, Wii Bowling Tournament, Bean Bag Toss, Three Legged Race, and group games for the whole family. This is a great opportunity for our church to serve the community and build relationships. We’ll need volunteers so send me your t-shirt size when you respond! Invite friends!

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