If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain.James 1:26
Oh we know this, but still, we insist on chattering. Gossip is never the work of God. Backbiting is never the work of God. What we call righteous indignation is too often self-righteous justification. There is a time to call evildoers to justice. It is our own pettiness that is even more dangerous. Telling a panhanldler to “get a job”, calling prisoners of war “losers”, saying that something is fake just because it is inconvenient. These are all ways to practice ungodliness.
Shadows are interesting things. As christians, we like to think we live in the light and avoid darkness. Then along comes a hot day, a place with no water, lots of concrete and every bit of sky is cloudless. No, this is not heaven, but an abandoned industrial area.
I thanked God for the shadows of the building, and the livingness of the plum tree, completely forsaken by gardeners, yet growing in the heat.
Job, says a lot of things. One of the things he mentions is that a servant longs for a shadow. As a servant earnestly desires the shadow, and as an hireling looketh for the reward of his work, so am I made to possess months of vanity and wearisome nights are appointed to me. (Job 7:2,3)
Kind of glum, this reference, but it does fit the way I was feeling at the moment, and even so, in spite of the fact that I was tired and wanted to do nothing but nothing, there were these glorious shadows.
My soul longs, yes, I am fainting for the courts where God lives. My heart and all my being cry out for the God who is alive. But look! the little bird has found a hous. The tiny bird has found a home for herself and her young. There they are! They live at your altar, O Ruler of all creatures. (paraphrased)
This little warbler was living in Ruby Valley Nevada when I took this picture several years ago. Their lives are short, but I cannot see a bird without praising God.
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We are a downtown church that serves a very eclectic group of people. College students, homeless, the mental health population, families with young children, and the LGBTQ community. In an atmosphere of diversity and dignity, everyone is welcome to be a part of this exciting congregation. If you ever felt you don’t fit anywhere else, come to Grace and you’ll find a home!
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Grace Baptist Church’s ABW ministry for the 2013-14 year was very successful despite its shrinking membership.
ABW’s ministry includes donating 26 ditty bags full of knitted caps, socks, bathroom items, games, and hard candy (total value $312) to the Seafarers Ministry of the Golden Gate; adopting a low income family via InnVision’s Christmas Adopt-A-Family program (total value $615); rolled bandages for mission hospitals in the Condo; and donating monies to various charities ($100 each), such as the Kodiak Alaska Mission, Downtown Street Team Ministries, AB China Mission, Christmas gifts to GBC’s own homeless, as well as a Love Gift to ABW National Missions.
GBC’s ABW also holds a tea in May to benefit a chosen Special Project, such as CIC ministries, digging clean water wells in Haiti, or the local Bill Wilson Center that helps homeless youth complete their education, find jobs, and housing. This past year’s total donations totaled $1,940.
Grace’s ABW ladies would be happy to receive financial help from the congregation with their mission projects. To help, please contact any of the ABW officers: Doris Vaughan, Marge Burns, or Celaine Krois.