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A Father’s Day Gift

We are thrilled and grateful that a local church decided to honor the fathers in their congregation by making a generous donation to His Way this past Sunday. But, more than the financial support was the spiritual vision and partnership expressed in this Father’s Day gift.

Twickenham Church Bulletin

Twickenham Church Bulletin – 6/19/2016

As we share the love of our Heavenly Father with the men at His Way, two very painful realities become evident.

First, many of our men have never known the love and leadership of a father in their lives. The wound left by that vacancy has contributed to the pain that led many of them into self-medicating efforts in substance abuse. Our goal is to help these men discover the healing that is available through our Heavenly Father’s love expressed through His Son, Jesus Christ. And if possible, that they may use this experience to heal the wound between them and their earthly fathers.

Secondly, these men are or will one day be fathers. The possibility that they will be good ones and not pass on the generational curse of their fathering experience is unlikely without their transformation by our Heavenly Father. Allowing the gospel to break this generational curse so that they are truly healed and therefore will not pass on the wound to their children is our hope and dream.

Support like what we received this past Sunday morning is helping that vision become a reality. We pray that the concluding Old Testament vision expressed in Malachi 4:6 will become a reality, “And he will turn the hearts of fathers to their children and the hearts of children to their fathers.

Thank you for joining us in this effort.

Tom Reynolds

Spectator Sport?

Church Stay at HomeRecently, I missed our Sunday morning assembly due to being sick.  I cannot remember the last time I missed an assembly due to illness.  While I was not feeling well, I still did my personal study during the congregational bible study time and then tried to decide what I would do next.

I turned on the television and began channel surfing through various religious programs.  I settled on a few for five or so minutes until I remembered that my own church live streams their service online.  So I logged in and began to watch.  As the service concluded, I realized that I could not spiritually survive on a regular dose of online or TV church.  To me that would be like trying to satisfy my hunger by watching the Cooking Channel.

That Sunday experience reminded me that Christianity is a participant and not a spectator sport.  Biblically, the only people in the stands watching Christianity are those not of the faith.  We are to live in such a way before an unbelieving world that as they watch, they are convinced.  But Christians are never called to spectate their faith only participate in it.

That being said, maybe our conversations after an assembly should have little to do with the performance of the assembly or class (like, how the music was or how the preacher did), but instead we should discuss how my singing was and what I heard in the message, learned, and will begin to apply this week.

Let us all get out of the stands and begin living our faith and not just try to watch and critique other’s religious performance.

Tom Reynolds