My name is Larry Szyman and I am one of the pastors of Faith Community. Perhaps you, too, have received mixed messages by well-meaning people trying to do their best with the information they have.
Will it be gradual or robust? Have jobs been lost forever? These questions can foster anxiety.
Consider the mask. Independent Americans don’t like anyone telling us what or what not do. It’s one thing to wear a mask because the governor or Menard’s says I have to, but what do we do with our neighbors when we have an honest difference of opinion?
The word vegan wasn’t popular in biblical times, but there were those who for conscience sake limited themselves to eating vegetables. Others felt free not merely to enjoy meat, but discounted meat that had been previously used as an offering to false Gods. One person saw this meat eating as a significant compromise of faith, while the other, in good faith, simply saw a piece of tasty meat in front of them.
Does God have an opinion on masking? It would seem God is more concerned about the posture of our heart toward others. Jesus calls us to regard our neighbor’s well-being like we naturally and reflexively look out for ourselves.
If in this COVID season you’re experiencing anxiety and frustration and that is affecting the way you function in life, we can help you! On Tuesday, May 19th from 7:00-8:00pm, Pat Stream, FCC’s Pastor of Counseling will be offering an online event called Faith & Life Conversations.
Pat will be looking in greater depth at this area of anxiety, offering his insight as a Certified Biblical Counselor. He’ll offer perspective, field questions and pray for those in attendance. Registration is required and is limited to 100 people. You can register by clicking on this link we provide. Please take advantage of this opportunity to grow in this challenging season.
I hope you find these thoughts helpful as you consider how to live as an individual in the midst of a COVID community. If so, could you share this link with someone you care about? Thanks. We look forward to seeing you again next week for Faith and Life.
We can approach the future with hope, even if our candidate loses.
In this week's episode of FAITH & Life, Pastor Larry Szyman takes us on a brief journey to consider our future as a new season of reopening unfolds. Could it be better than the pre-COVID era? Try this exercise.
It’s hard to believe that something so significant could happen that it would replace COVID in the headlines, but it has. Another charged incident of racial conflict and death has grabbed our attention. What has set off the explosion in MPLS are the differences; what will set healing into motion are the similarities. Watch this week's FAITH & Life as Pastor Larry Szyman explains.
Loneliness is a sign that something is off, because we were made for community. So where is there hope for the lonely? Pastor Larry shares the promise Jesus gives us and the hope we can find in Him.
Over the last couple of months, not only have we been confronted with a virus, but we have also been confronted with our illusion of control in our lives. Watch this week's FAITH & Life video, as Pastor Tim Porter shares the invitation Jesus gives us to trust God with the things we cannot control.
Are you finding it difficult, stressful, or downright impossible to teach your children at home? Find encouragement from Shannon Christopher in this week's FAITH & Life video.
Are you frustrated with all the changes and lack of progress brought about by COVID-19? I think we all are to some extent. But God calls us to use our frustration as a tool of transformation in our lives.
Struggling with grief, sadness, or depression? Pastor Pat Stream, Pastor of Counseling at FCC, shares the hope that's ours, and invites you to an online event called Faith & Life Conversations.
Moms, are you feeling weary from the abrupt transition to the combined role of Wife, Mom, Teacher and/or Employee? Well, this week's FAITH & Life video is for YOU. Tracy McCutcheon, Director of Women's Ministry at FCC, shares hope-filled encouragement to the worn and weary: "Moms, you’re not alone. You aren’t the first woman who’s felt like this, and God wants to bring His perspective of hope and peace to you."
Over the last several weeks, almost 17 million people have lost their jobs in our country. MANY OF US are experiencing this emotional and economic hardship and ALMOST ALL OF US fear that we may be the next to hear our job is gone. In this Faith & Life video, Pastor Steve Holsteen tells us how God brings us hope in the shadow of job loss.
"Hope is only as helpful as what we are hoping in... our hope needs to be anchored to something more powerful than the things threatening us." In today's FAITH & Life video, Pastor Larry Szyman tells us about a Hope that will carry you through whatever trials you face.
In today's FAITH & Life video, Pastor Steve Holsteen shows us how the Holy Spirit establishes rhythms of relationship and a pulse of purpose in our lives during this time of physical distancing and "Safer at Home."