Edwin M. Temple
Brooke L. Wright
April C. Williams
Church Office Hours
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
8:00 AM to 12:00 PM
“Everyone therefore who acknowledges me before others, I also will acknowledge before my Father in heaven; but whoever denies me before others, I also will deny before my Father in heaven.” ~ Matthew 10:32, 33 NRSV
“They profess to know God, but they deny Him by their actions. They are detestable, disobedient, unfit for any good work.” ~ Titus 1:16 NRSV
“Now Simon Peter was standing and warming himself. They asked him, “You are not also one of His disciples, are you?’ He denied it and said, ‘I am not.’”
~ John 18:25 NRSV
DENIED! It’s such a harsh word. It speaks of rejection and carries with it a sense of shame, humiliation, and embarrassment. It also seems so final, and hits you like someone had just slammed a door in your face. Recently, I was told that my credit card had been denied. It seems someone had “hacked” my number and the credit card company “shut down” my card until they could issue me a new one with a different number. I was devastated and embarrassed at the experience of having been denied. I took it very personally.
Scripture speaks to us of the perils of rejecting Christ in the words, deeds, values, relationships and activities of daily life. Secular media seems to delight in reporting on prominent persons of faith who have stumbled. When the practices of life don’t match up with our profession of faith, our hypocrisy can be a form of denial of Christ.
May we treat our blessed Lord and Savior with respect and reverence as we seek to live lives of integrity and credible witness. In so doing, Christ will not deny us before the Father in heaven. In our daily activities, let us always seek after the affirmation and glorification of Christ in all we say and do!
I’ll see you in church Sunday!