The question of when we will be gathering together again has been the subject of much prayer and discussion by our church’s leadership. We are asking God for wisdom as we attempt to follow the guidelines of New York State and New York City regarding the timing for reopening our church campus. At the same time, we are making plans and putting protocols in place to ensure your safety and well-being when we are able to meet again. Stay tuned for updates as more information becomes available.  

In the meantime, we hope that you will continue to join us for Tuesday Prayer Onlinebeginning at 7pm; Sunday Worship Online, beginning at 9am; and weekday Devotions Onlinebeginning at 10am. We also invite you to check the Churchwide Announcements on our home page to learn about additional online events for each member of your family.

The Chief of Sinners

Friday, February 21, 2020

“Meanwhile, Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord’s disciples.” (Acts 9:1 NIV)

The world around us seems to be going crazy, with senseless killings, hatred and injustice.  It’s easy to get angry and vindictive, but that’s not what Jesus wants us to do.  He wants us to pray, to love, to reach out, to go, to preach the good news.  No one is beyond the reach of God’s love, though it may be difficult to reconcile this truth with the murderous actions of people who are responsible for the suffering of others, Christians included.  

We have an example from Scripture of one such person.  Before his conversion, Saul of Tarsus was a tormentor of Christians.  He would enter their homes and drag them off to prison.  The Christian church was so afraid of him that it took a while for many of the believers to accept the fact that he had also become a believer and, hence, a changed person.  It took God actually speaking to Ananias in a vision for this servant of the Lord to go and lay hands on Saul so that he could receive his sight.  Saul became the apostle Paul, the greatest of the apostles, though in his own words, he had been the chief of sinners.  

Who knows how many more “chiefs of sinners” there are out in the world who need to hear the gospel and come to salvation?  The world needs Jesus more than ever before.  We need to ask God for a fresh baptism of his love so that we can intercede and reach out in the love of God, to see salvation come to many, even to the most unlikely people in the world.

Read Acts 9:1-31.

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