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We stand WITH those who are different, who we disagree with, who do not believe as we believe.

“FBC – A Place Where Nobody Stands Alone”  “There is No Difference!  We Are All Dirt”

Those who do not believe as you do are NOT your enemy.

Our enemies are not the homosexuals, the addicts, the prostitutes, the homeless or the liberals.  Those dealing with physical or mental issues are not against us.  Those who belong to or even lead any of the various cults and false religions around the world are not the enemy.

They are sinners – JUST LIKE YOU!

They may need salvation but that does not make them our enemy.

They may not live a fully Biblical lifestyle – BUT NEITHER DO YOU!

Ephesians 6:10-14 “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.” ESV

Matthew 5:43-48 “You have heard that it was said,  ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’  But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same?  And if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same?  You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”  ESV

Take a stand with those populations who are being marginalized or bullied

Tolerance does not mean acceptance

Love those who are different than you

Matthew 22:34-40 “But when the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together.  And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him.  “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?”  And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.  This is the great and first commandment.  And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.  On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”

Jesus made it very simple for us:

  1. Love God with everything you have
  2. Love your neighbor as you love your self
    1. Most of us think we are pretty good
    2. Some of us think we are AWESOME
    3. We do not perceive our skin tone as an issue

i.               Reality shows us that we all want to be darker or beach tourism, swimming pools and tanning salons would be closed.

  1. We love, well maybe like…or sometimes just tolerate who we are

i.               We should love others the same

  1. What if you were treated badly because of where you came from?
  2. What if you were marginalized because of someone else perceive you to have a disability?
  3. What if your skin color were a barrier to an education or employment?
  4. Love your neighbor JUST LIKE you love you!

Church. Some think it is a social club. What church should be is a hospital for the broken, the beaten and the belittled. A place of healing

Real church is not about denominations, pastors or people. Real church is about connecting people with Jesus and His Word. Find His Love.

Church is not a place of business. Church is a place for the overloaded and burdened to find rest for their souls and peace for their heart.

If you are a bully, in action or words, please stop. You are not perfect either and there is someone bigger. Light will shine your way. B +

Religious bullies point out the sins of others while ignoring their own faults.

Reach out to people who care about you, they are out there and will help, if you allow them. You are not alone. You are loved. You have hope!

No one can influence, belittle or control you if you refuse to let them!

Seek friends who are positive, enriching and helpful. Live happy!

Sometimes this old world is tough! Sometimes bad stuff happens. Christian, remember that you are an alien here. Your God is bigger. TRUST GOD

I am often amazed at man’s ability to condemn each other when none of us are perfect. Jesus was perfect and He does not condemn; Jesus is Love

You should always go to church on Sunday because it makes God happy, and if there’s anybody you want to make happy, it’s God! – 8yr old wisdom

It takes work to build something

The more people that participate in the process of building, the easier the building becomes.

When a church is fitted together in the Body of Christ and actively loving God and loving others the body grows and builds itself up in love.

We can know our fellow believers by their LOVE

Genesis 2:5-9  “When no bush of the field was yet in the land and no small plant of the field had yet sprung up—for the Lord  God had not caused it to rain on the land, and there was no man to work the ground, and a mist was going up from the land and was watering the whole face of the ground— then the Lord  God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature. And the Lord  God planted agarden in Eden, in the east, and there he put the man whom he had formed. And out of the ground the Lord  God made to spring up every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food.The tree of life was in the midst of the garden,and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.”   ESV

Colossians 3:5-17 “Put to death thereforewhat is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity,passion, evil desire, and covetousness,which is idolatry.  On account of these the wrath of God is coming.In these you too once walked, when you were living in them.  But nowyou must put them all away:anger, wrath, malice,slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, seeing thatyou have put offthe old selfwith its practices andhave put onthe new self,which is being renewed in knowledgeafter the image ofits creator. Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave,free; but Christ isall, and in all.  Put on then, asGod’s chosen ones, holy and beloved,compassion,kindness,humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and,if one has a complaint against another,forgiving each other;as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put onlove, whichbinds everything together inperfect harmony. And letthe peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were calledin one body. Andbe thankful.  Letthe word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom,singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs,with thankfulness in your hearts to God. Andwhatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus,giving thanks to God the Father through him.”  ESV

  • Greek and Jew (non-Jew or Jew…Country)
  • Circumcised and uncircumcised  (law or not law…Religion)
  • Barbarian (Foreigner)
  • Scythian  (Savage)
  • Slave  (under bondage)
  • Free   (not under bondage – un restrained)

God formed us from the dirt of the earth and our skin color reflects that creation.  We are all formed by God, we are all of His creation.  To be a racist is to deny God’s sovereignty over creation.

Our skin color has ZERO effect on our CHARACTER!

“I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”   Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

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