Pastor's Weekly Encouragement

Good morning Everyone,
While doing my devotions this morning, I read the passages from Matthew 23.  The passages dealt with and was titled ‘the woes to the Scribes and Pharisees.’  It is criticism and condemnation of their lifestyle and practices as believers and leaders of the Jewish faith.  Within these verses, Jesus expresses 8 woes towards them.   Now the word ‘woe’ means wrath but also sorrow.  It is a righteous anger towards them but it is an anger that is filled with sorrow and love.  Two of the woes grabbed my attention as I read them.  The first was from vs.25; “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!  For you cleanse the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of extortion and self-indulgence.”   Then vs.27; “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!    For you are like whitewashed tombs which appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men’s bone and uncleanness.”   Let me first say that these words of Christ are not just words to Jewish leaders but also words to Christian believers.  As believers and followers of Jesus, we are to live out our faith.  We are not just believers in the word but as the book of James expresses we are “Doers of the Word.”   We are to ‘talk the talk’ and ‘walk the walk’.   Nothing hurts the Christian faith more than saying one thing and doing the direct opposite.   I remember meeting a relative of one of my member’s years ago that wrote a song titled “Saturday Satan, Sunday Saint.”  It is about living your own life and doing your own thing throughout the week but making sure you are in church on Sunday.  We are to live the Christian life every day of every week.   Our words and actions need to reflect Jesus at all times.  
Prayer Concerns:
1.  Mary:  Please keep her in prayer as she goes through physical therapy at home.
2. Fanguy family:  Please keep Phil and Judy in your prayers with the recovery of Phil's daughter who had a double  mastectomy.   Please pray that they got all the cancer.  Please keep his brother Butch in your prayers becasue he is not doing well.  
3.  Parker (8 year old and nephew of Jenny and Ryan Siddons)  waiting for the diagnosis after being rushed to the hospital.   Please pray that everything is fine.  
God bless,
Pastor Jeff 

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