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Time For Change

This past week has been a rough one. The protest, which in my opinion are appropriate and needed, took place. For many years systemic racism has been built into our society. Growing up in the 1960s and 1970s in a southern state, racism was just part of life. As an adult, I now realize how wrong that was and still is. We do not need to continue living with the status quo, changes are needed.

What needs to be changed and how? I'm sure I have an answer that can bring about justice for all races in our nation. But, I do know one thing. It can begin with me. This week, I have been confronted with my on ideas, feelings, and prejudices. Though I've come a long way in my life since I was a kid and have overcome my prejudices, I never asked God for forgiveness. As a result, I've confessed my sins to God and asked Him for forgiveness. I've asked Him to give me His heart for all people.

Now, what else can I or we do? First of all, we as a church need to pray for God's wisdom. We need to be open and loving to all people and lead in bringing change to the injustices in our world. In Isaiah 5:7 it says, "He expected justice but saw injustice; he expected righteousness, but heard cries of despair." This was written to Judah, but it is true for us today. God help us! Let the change begin with me, you, and our church.

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A Great Prayer of Praise

Often we don't really understand how to praise our God almighty. In 1 Chronicles 29, we find King David praying to God in his last words to the nation. Here's what he said, "Then David blessed the LORD in the sight of all the assembly. David said, 

 May you be blessed, LORD God of our father Israel, from eternity to eternity. 11 Yours, LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the splendor and the majesty, for everything in the heavens and on earth belongs to you. Yours, LORD, is the kingdom, and you are exalted as head over all. 12 Riches and honor come from you, and you are the ruler of everything. Power and might are in your hand, and it is in your hand to make great and to give strength to all. 13 Now therefore, our God, we give you thanks and praise your glorious name."

Wow, I would call that praise. How often do you pray a prayer of prayer to our Lord God Almighty? It seems we want to rush and get to the asking that we skip the praise part of praying. I would encourage you to spend time in praising God only. Don't ask for anything, just praise God and bask in his greatness. It will change your whole outlook for the day. Try it, you'll like it!

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New Blog From Pastor Alan

Changes, are they good or bad? We've moved Parkland First Baptist Church's website to a new host that allows us to do far more than before. One of the options is for us to have a weekly blog. As pastor, I've always wanted to do a blog, but just never found the right format for me. This new website offers the easiest way to begin. So, here it is.

My desire is to share thoughts that are wondering around in my mind, ideas for church growth and personal growth, insights into the Word of God, and just to be an outlet for my thinking. I enjoy sharing my ideas, thoughts, etc. out loud so I can hear how they sound and in front of others to hear feedback. 

This blog will cover a number of topics dear to my heart and church. At times, I may share other topics of general interest. I hope you enjoy it!

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