September 2 - Clay Mason

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What is your prayer for our church going forward?

By Clay Mason

The lesson that we learn from history is that we do not learn from history. I’ve heard variations of this quote over the years to mean that mankind keeps repeating mistakes because it does not absorb the lessons from previous generations’ mistakes of the same kind. Usually these are negative consequence situations like wars, political upheaval and diseases.

But there are positive things we do learn from history and Paul writes in I Corinthians 11:2 that he praises the Corinthian church “for keeping up the traditions of the faith I taught you.” Traditions in his world were worship, prayer, communion, giving and helping the poor.   Those are the same traditions we hold dear here at FBC along with newer ones pertaining to our time and place such as Angel Tree ornaments, Salvation Army stockings and Mission Frankfort. My prayer for FBC as we enter our third century of existence is to maintain our view of being a Christ centered, loving, caring community of believers that can remember history and learn from it as we move forward in a positive way.

In I Corinthians 11:1-2 Paul states, “It pleases me that you continue to remember and honor me by keeping up the traditions of the faith I taught you. All actual authority stems from Christ.”