Share each other's burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ. Galatians 6:2 NLT
God, help your church to be transparent. Help us to know we all stand the same before you and that there is no need to hide. May the men from Higher Calling conference last weekend truly increase in understanding of grace and of the value of their God-given sexuality. May all who heard last weekend‘s message on sex, be encouraged at your good ways and not discouraged by failure. God may we all be transparent and let you work through our weakness.
Pastor Tim Weber
You may have heard me talk about my friend Mike. I met Mike a few years back buying a bicycle for my son. After first meeting him and seeing the bike, it became clear that he was selling a stolen bike. This “chance” meeting was the beginning of a friendship. Over that time I’ve learned that Mike’s life has been filled with enough pain and loss for 10 lives, a LOT of bad decisions, three gunshot wounds and many years of prison time. I’ve asked myself several times why would God strike up a friendship between me (a suburban pastor) and a guy like Mike? How has it lasted over 3 years? No simple answers here, but there are 2 things that I know had a big impact.
We have different stories, but God has used Mike to show me that we are very much alike. We are both, drawn to genuine love and are impacted by the prayers of others.
"In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matthew5: 16)
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