This magazine introduced a new look and size last month. As if that wasn’t enough to risk alienating some faithful readers, we focused on a topic that’s the source of many heated arguments in our society — immigration.
Perhaps I seem like a muckraking journalist. I confess I’ve previously written for the Chicago Sun-Times, a tabloid newspaper with a history of sensationalism. My friends, however, will tell you that I tend to be a mild-mannered people
pleaser. I’m not exactly clamoring to get angry letters, email or phone calls.
Thus I was pleased when the Light + Life team decided to lead into General Conference 2015 (gc15.org) with a three-part series emphasizing the mission of the Free Methodist Church – USA “to love God, love people and make disciples.” This month’s theme, “Love God,” doesn’t seem like a topic with which any Christian would find fault.
Of course, it’s one thing to say we love God, and it’s another thing to love Him and reflect that love through our lives. Sure, we love God, but can we tell Him that “earth has nothing I desire besides you” (Psalm 73:25)?
If we’re truly honest, we may not always find it easy to love God. When we’re going through a hard time, we may believe God has the power to end our suffering, and we may be frustrated that He seemingly hasn’t acted. Like David, we may plead, “How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me?” (Psalm 13:1).
Keep reading these pages for authors who learned to love God through difficult circumstances in their lives. Whether enduring prison with a life sentence or trying to comprehend a spouse’s cancer diagnosis, they were able to echo David in saying, “But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation” (Psalm 13:5).
- Feature: A Heart Touched By God
- Bishops: Loving God … for D _ _ _ _ _ s
- Action: Engaging Our Urban Areas
- Action: Why the Church Is Going Global
- Discipleship: When You Don’t Know What God Is Up To
- Free Methodist Church News: Missionary Phyllis Sortor Released