Through these pages you will get to know us a little better and our vision to spread a passion for the glory of God in Christ Jesus from generation to generation. Whether you are new to Lynden, new to Christianity or just want to find out more about our church, we invite you to have a look around, feel free to contact us by phone or e-mail and visit us anytime. Our Sunday worship times are 10:30 AM and 6:00 PM. Childcare is provided at both services.
Suppose you and a good friend are meeting over coffee and during the conversation your friend gently points out one of your weaknesses, maybe a character flaw, perhaps one of your persistent sins or a place where your words and actions don’t match up, some hypocrisy. What happens in the next moment is really important. You could be offended or angry, you could quickly point out one of your friend’s weaknesses or sins to balance the scale. Or you could internalize it and get depressed or feel worse about yourself than you already do. Or you could just blow it off, dismiss it or deny it. There is also another possible response. You could receive correction as a gift, as the truth being spoken in love. You could receive it in the spirit of Proverbs: Proverbs 27:6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend. Proverbs 25:12 Like a gold ring or an ornament of gold is a wise reprover to a listening ear. Proverbs 28:23 Whoever rebukes a man will afterward find more favor than he who flatters with his tongue. Flattery is nice, it makes us feel good, but it also denies the truth. The truth is I am a sinner saved by grace, but my sin still clings closely. I am blind to many of my most deeply ingrained sins. A real friend cares about our souls. The man in this world who will tell you I am his best friend will tell you that the day I became his best friend was in June of 1985 when I pulled him aside and confronted him about a sinful behavior. He received it as an expression of real love and friendship. And we have been doing that for each other ever since. If we are wise we should not only receive correction and rebuke, we should invite it. If you don’t have a friend like that you need to prayerful seek one out. A true mark of growth in godliness is a desire to have our faults and sins brought out and when they are we should thank the person who dared to do it, even when they do it poorly. The book of James is God’s gift of a wise friend to all of us. James is that wise, older, more spiritually mature brother who sits down with us over coffee and speaking the truth in love inflicts wounds as only a truly faithful friend can and should. We are going to come away from James each week tested and convicted, but better for it if we have ears to hear. The goal of James is not to make us feel bad about ourselves, but to make us mature in faith.