Hello Brothers and Sisters. As Easter gets nearer and nearer I’ve had the desire to post something on the Praying for Rain page. And speaking of praying for rain, you all must have been busy. I left for Louisiana just before Christmas and came back in the last part of January to a lot of wet, and it’s been going ever since. The world cries climate change but we know Who loves us and is in control of the everything imaginable and beyond. We know God the Father visits upon us, both just and unjust, the rain and its blessings.
There is a reason I don’t use your names on this PFR page. These infrequent postings are not distributed by our Mail Chimp account to all the subscribers like our water reports, but this page is still viewable by clicking on the link on the www.WaterWrights.net home page. I doubt any believer and follower in Christ would hesitate to identify themselves as such but I also respect your privacy. So for now, unless you give me express permission to print your name on the PFR page I’m not going to do so. You can even submit articles and prayer requests and ask to remain anonymous, I’ll happily grant that request. I will use your names in emails unless you specifically ask me not to do so. I hope that makes sense to all of you.
Since this will be posted I’ll practice what I preach here – a very cool brother in Kern County has started the process to get a Praying For Rain gathering at the May Association of California Water Agencies Conference in Monterey. Nothing is confirmed yet but if you’re going to be at this year’s Spring ACWA Conference we may have a slot for a get together. If not we can always go outside and hang but this could be a start of something. The Friant Water Authority always begins its meetings with prayer. Could you imagine if all the agencies, IDs, WDs, JPAs and such did so?
We keep in prayer those impacted by the flooding up and down this state. We give thanks for a dear brother’s granddaughter’s recovering from a head trauma. Much progress being made there and we can continue to pray for a full recovery. If I may impose upon you to make my own prayer request – I need wisdom and humility. The wisdom to recognize God’s will and the humility to follow it. Thanks.
It is becoming more and more prevalent to hear of pasters leading their congregations over the cliff with non-Biblical nonsense. The prosperity message unconnected to scriptural truth, ordaining homosexuals or performing wedding ceremonies between two people of the same sex or acceptance of the transgender ideology, separating and labeling people as oppressors and oppressed (or anything else) based on skin color are all hateful acts and direct rebellion to God and His word. It is hateful to not warn someone they are heading towards eternal damnation.
Where is this coming from? We all know lies are sin and who it is Jesus called the father of lies. To call a man a woman or visa versa is a lie. To label a person as oppressed or as an oppressor based on nothing more than skin color is a lie. Calling the death of an innocent a choice is a lie. (And these are just the most obvious lies. What about the ones we don’t notice?) When we start accepting lies as truth things start sliding down hill in a hurry. Where do we read, woe unto him who calls good evil and evil good? The Bible. If we keep lying bad things happen. For years now we’ve heard the charge of toxic masculinity hurled at men and boys. Can you think of anything more toxic than a man to dress in drag and perform for children? Or for a man to claim to be a woman and compete physically against true women?
Our call is to give the good news of salvation to those bound by sin, which is everyone not in the body of Christ. We’re to be kind to others. No where in the Bible does God say to be nice. He says to be kind. It might be nice and noncontroversial to go along with the world and whatever trends are popular. It often proves to be a way to avoid conflict and feel good without the hard work of self-introspection, but it is not kind to ignore someone who’s drowning even if they demand to be left alone. Being salt and light means doing what God says and standing against the world not conforming to it. To do so is lying to all those searching for the mercy and grace of the cross. The church that doesn’t follow Christ teaching is as dead as the hypocritical Pharisees.
Here is a creed that goes back almost two millennia and is accepted as an articulation of foundational belief. Happy Easter and God bless.
Love in and by Christ,
Don A. Wright
The Apostle’s Creed
I believe in God the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried; He descended to the dead.
On the third day He rose again; He ascended into heaven, is seated at the right hand of the Father, and will come again to judge the living and dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic* church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting, Amen.
*The word “catholic” means “relating to the church universal”, not the Roman Catholic Church.
The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association website states the Apostle’s Creed goes back to at least 140 AD when the church fathers summed up their faith. The Creed isn’t scripture but rather a list of the doctrines of faith that define Christianity.