FROM THE PASTOR

1 Corinthians 13:1—If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging symbol.

“There is no use in walking anywhere to preach if your walking isn’t your preaching.”-----Sir Francis of Assisi  

     Sometimes we can get this idea in our head that highly charismatic teachers and preachers are the great driving force of the gospel. I certainly don’t want to discount the work that preachers do for the gospel, I am one after all. But the true source of conversion is not found in flowery words or potent phrases; but rather in the love of Christ which expresses itself through the believer in thought and in deed. Truth be told, most people will remember what you do long after they have forgotten what you say.

     Rich Mullins once said that he became a Christian not because someone explained the nuts and bolts of Christianity to him, but because people were willing to be the nuts and bolts of Christianity. I think there is a lot of wisdom in that. Who in your life can you be the nuts and bolts of Christianity to? I would challenge you this month to make sure you are speaking and living in love, walking the walk as you talk the talk. Learn to love as Jesus loved, and you will be amazed at how people respond to you. 

Pastor Josh

Holden First Baptist

816-732-4222

601 S. Market

Holden MO 64040

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