Words from the Pastor:
Moore Union Team Members
On behalf of 1st Lady Altman and myself, congratulations and thanks to each of you for what you do to help make Moore Union Freewill Baptist Church a great place to worship and serve. Your passion, love, dedication, and commitment to the church mission and vision inspire and humble 1st lady and I.
You may already know that Moore Union has been appraised as a church on the move for God. It has been whispered that it is one of the best places to worship in the Sanford and Lillington area. While we should be proud and pleased with the accomplishments and blessings God has bestowed upon us, we should not be satisfied. As good as we are, we can get better together. Strong leadership, healthy communications, and teamwork are continuous challenges for every Church organization and we are no exception. So while we know we are "doing the right things and doing things right," we should also challenge ourselves to move up to the next level in God individually and collectively.
Remember great organizations always practice the values and respect for others and accept our differences. In keeping with those values and our commitment to our place of worship, and an atmosphere free from discrimination, all of us are required to continue to put our trust in the Lord and lean not to our own understanding. We have come a long way with God on our side, and he will continue to guide us if remain obedient to his word. I want to personally thank you all from my heart for the genuine love and support you have rendered throughout this year. Keep up the good work, and stay on the (MOVE) for God.
First Lady's Corner
Message for you
Discipleship: Renewing Your Mind
Be careful how you think; your life is shaped by your thoughts. Proverbs 4:23 (TEV)
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To change your life, you must change the way you think. Behind everything you do is a thought. Every behavior is motivated by a belief, and every action is prompted by an attitude.
God revealed this thousands of years before psychologists understood it: "Be careful how you think; your life is shaped by your thoughts" (Proverbs 4:23 TEV).
Imagine riding in a speedboat on a lake with an automatic pilot set to go east. If you decide to reverse course and head west, you have two possible ways to change the boat's direction.
One way is to grab the steering wheel and physically force it to head in the opposite direction from where the autopilot is programmed to go. By sheer willpower, you could overcome the autopilot, but you'd feel constant resistance. Your arms would eventually tire of the stress, you'd let go of the steering wheel, and the boat would instantly head back east, the way it was internally programmed.
This is what happens when you try to change your life with willpower; you say, "I'll force myself to eat less ... stop smoking ... quit being disorganized and late."
And, yes, willpower can produce short-term change, but it creates constant internal stress because you haven't dealt with the root cause. The change doesn't feel natural. Eventually you give up and go off the diet.
There is a better and easier way: Change your autopilot; in other words, the way you think. "Let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think" (Romans 12:2 NLT).
Change always starts first in the mind. The way you think determines the way you feel, and the way you feel influences the way you act, which means "there must be a spiritual renewal of your thoughts and attitudes" (Ephesians 4:23 NLT).
To be like Christ you must develop the mind of Christ. The New Testament calls this mental shift "repentance," which in Greek literally means "to change your mind."
To repent means to change the way you think - about God, yourself, sin, other people, life, your future, and everything else, and you adopt Christ's outlook and perspective on life.
Mother I. Altman