“Transparent Accountability” - Laura Rice

Many years ago I asked a respected leader and teacher what he believed was the key to ministry. He surprised me by responding with one word: vulnerability. As I became further acquainted with him, I saw that this meant a transparent accountability. In a community of people he believed this should happen among those who were both committed to each other and to personal obedience and growth before the Lord…sharing needs and struggles with each other, before God, and letting Him examine our hearts. As Psalm 26:2-3 says; “Test me, O Lord, and try me, examine my heart and mind; for your love is ever before me and I walk continually in your truth.”

Dusty spoke last Sunday of the tension we all share as members of the body of Christ: we must be both needed and needy. In this, there is a humble position before God and others and a willingness to give from our strengths. Let yourself be known and God will meet you in your giving and receiving.

Laura Rice

Encouraging Words

Test me, Lord, and try me, examine my heart and my mind; for I have always been mindful of your unfailing love and have lived in reliance on your faithfulness.

— Psalm 26:2-3

Therefore as God’s chosen people, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion. kindness, humility. gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against each other. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love which binds them all together in perfect unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.

— Colossians 3:12-15