James 1:27

 Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.”

Scripture says that God is committed to caring for the powerless and defenseless, including the poor, the alien, the fatherless and the widow. Since the needs of such people are on God's heart, he expects that same heart to be in us. Further, Jesus himself so identified himself with needy, oppressed people that when we care for one of his people in need, we do it unto him. Any practice of Christianity that does not exhibit this concern in action is deceptive (it misrepresents the truth about God's own heart) and worthless (it is of no value before God). We have to conclude, then, that this first example of pure and faultless religion is a matter of serious obedience required of the church.

As the pastor at Centralhatchee First Baptist Church I was impressed to implement a “Mission Centralhatchee” week. People were asked to designate a date and time that they could be available to serve some of the needs of our local community. During the past week we have completed several local mission projects. Many projects were to meet the needs of sick, shut in or elderly individuals in our community. I would like to thank each individual that gave of their time, talents, or means to help us accomplish this goal. It is indeed a pleasure to serve with such a dedicated group of believers.

 

 In Jesus' Name,

Rev. Mark Williams