MLK Jr Day Celebration – Lakewood, WA

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr is best known for his fight for justice and civil rights for all people. But what drove Dr. King to fight for justice was his love for all people.

Dr. King reminds us, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

In this season of the global covid pandemic, economic turmoil, political unrest, and our continued fight for justice and for racial equality, don’t forget the engine that drives our calling for change. Love – love for all people.

  • Hate can’t change people; only love can do that.
  • Anger can’t change people; only love can do that.
  • Frustration can’t change people; only love can do that.

Let love shine Lakewood. When love shines, justice follows.

Stay Focused

“I keep my eyes always on the LORD. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken” (Psalm 16:8).

I will not be shaken.

Wouldn’t that be nice?

How can we live our days in such a way where the happenings in our world do not shake us to the core?

The text shows us how: “I keep my eyes always on the LORD.” It has to do with focus.

Corrie ten Boom said, “If you look at the world you’ll be distressed. If you look within, you’ll be depressed. But if you look at Christ, you’ll be at rest.”

God is always with us. There is never a moment when God is not with us. But we keep losing sight of God.

Stay focused. Keep your eyes always on the LORD.

God’s got this.

Where is God in All This? Why Isn’t God Doing Something?

“Jesus replied, ‘You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand” (John 13:7).

Considering all that is going on in our world right now, I would say this is an understatement!

One of the questions I have received lately has goes something like this: “What is God doing? Where is God in this? Why isn’t God doing something?”

The thing about these questions is that it doesn’t matter where you stand on President Trump. You can ask these questions whether you support President Trump or you support impeaching President Trump.

So what does that tell us?

First, it tells us that we need to be careful not to allow our political leanings determine how we view God. God is not a God for the Republicans. God is not a God for the Democrats. God is not even a God for Americans. God is a God for ALL people. God loves ALL sinners. So much so that God sent his Son, Jesus Christ, to die for ALL sinners. ALL SINNERS.

God is for all people. We err every time when we make God a God for a select group of people.

The second thing this text teaches us is that we are finite. There are some things we will never understand, and there are some things we will only understand with the passage of time.

What we know for certain is that God is in control. Nothing happening today is catching God by surprise. God has a plan for you and for our world.

One day we will all look back and see why God made us wait. And we will see that it was for the good and for the glory of God.