From June 24, 2016
by Pastor Cliff
Those who see Christ as their very life will, by his grace, find no obstacle to following him. On February 22, 156, Polycarp, the bishop of the church at Smyrna, was arrested at a county farm where he had taken refuge. For two hours he prayed aloud for individuals and the church throughout the world. At the arena, the proconsul attempted to get him to deny the Lord Jesus. Polycarp declared, “Eighty-six years I have served him and he has done me no wrong. How can I blaspheme my king?” He was burned alive before the arena spectators.
In his book, The Gospel According to Luke: An Introduction and Commentary, Leon Morris writes, “Jesus points out that the Kingdom has no room for those who look back when they are called to go forward.” Those who would truly follow Christ cannot be superficial followers. The rolls of our churches already include too many nominal Christians. Let’s not add to their number.
Blessings, Cliff Houston Interim Pastor, FBCR
PS / This Sunday during worship Tim and Margaret Leyden will dedicate their daughter, Emerson Kimberly Leyden, to our God, the maker of all things and giver of all life. In this act of dedication we will follow our Lord Jesus Christ, who took little children in his arms and blessed them. I hope you can come and join us for this delightful celebration.
Interim Pastor, FBCR