Livermore Falls First Baptist Church

LIVERMORE FALLS – Week of October 3. This week I took a walk in the woods admiring the changing leaves. I saw vivid colors of red, orange, yellow, and surprisingly greener than I remember at this time last year. As I walked through the woods, I continually remembered God’s love. In a world that is still divided, it is necessary that we Christians give it as much love as possible. When Jesus asks us to love our neighbor, it is not an easy command. We must love our neighbor who does not necessarily look like us, vote like us, love like us, pray like us, etc. Fall foliage wouldn’t be as beautiful if all the leaves were the same color. It is their diversity that adds to the beauty of God’s landscape.

Hatred is always the easiest route to take. It is much easier to have black and white than shades of gray. It’s easy to hate a group of people based on the actions of a few people in that group.

“Love is not a state of perfect attention. It is an active name as a struggle. To love someone is to strive to accept that person exactly as they are, here and now. Fred roger

Hate is easy. It is a way of demeaning people, a way of minimizing their humanity. But love is a struggle. Love tells us to accept people we may not want to accept. Love is difficult but necessary. Love is a challenge. There isn’t much in black and white. Most things have shades of gray. One thing that is in black and white are the words of Jesus: Love your enemies. Love your neighbor. Love. Love. Love.

Many blessings for your coming week,

Pastor Forrest

The coming week:

Monday: Deacons at 3:30 p.m. at the Sacristy

Tuesday: Bible study at 10 a.m. at the Sacristy

Thursday: Choral training at 1 p.m. at the Sanctuary

Sunday: Choral training at 9:15 am at the Sanctuary

Sunday school at 9.45 a.m. at the Sacristy. Weekly worship at 10:30 am Coffee Hour after church service.

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