The Way of Hope, Equality, and Freedom.

Published June 19, 2024

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The Way of Hope, Equality, and Freedom.

We hope this email finds you well and that you are enjoying the Juneteenth holiday, which is a true cause for celebration for everyone.

Speaking of celebration, in today’s culture, June is marked by two significant events—Pride Month and Juneteenth. Though a century apart, both highlight the quest for hope, equality, and freedom in strikingly ironic ways.

Pride Month celebrates the LGBTQ+ community and honors its roots in the 1969 Stonewall Uprising, while Juneteenth, an amalgamation of “June” and “nineteenth,” commemorates the moment on June 19, 1865, when news of President Lincoln’s emancipation proclamation finally reached all enslaved Black people. 

While both historical events center around themes of equality and freedom, they approach these ideals from different perspectives. 

Juneteenth is rooted in the truth of Creator God, and His and our valuing all people made in His image. In contrast, Pride Month often roots its value in self-defined truth, apart from God’s design of sexuality. 

Nonetheless, at their core, these historical events intersect to remind us of humanity’s desperate need for God’s reconciliation and restoration from sin, albeit from varying perspectives.

In this truth, we humbly thank God for being our Creator and for the equality and freedom He intended for humanity, allowing us to be servants of the truest servant of all, Jesus, rather than the people, places, and things of this world or ourselves.

At the same time, we humbly pray for humanity’s return to the holiness found in God and His truth, particularly regarding faith and sexuality as revealed through Jesus.

So, as we pray for ourselves, the church, the city, the nation, and the world at large, let’s fervently aim our hearts toward the following:

🙏 Thank and praise God—for His wisdom and design for humanity.

🙏 Humbly Repent—for not loving God and others in ways that align with His heart and original design.

🙏 Cultivate community—where faith and sexuality can be discussed openly and respectfully in a God-honoring way.

🙏 Embody and promote Biblical standards—of masculinity and femininity over cultural definitions.

🙏 Seek God’s wisdom—in understanding His design for both singleness and marriage.

Finally, no matter the circumstances we face, the timeless truth endures: the Gospel, embodied in the life, death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus, points to the way of hope and serves as humanity’s truest path to equality and freedom for all who believe and follow Him.

We look forward to praying with you at 12 pm on Zoom as we love God and love people more deeply.

God bless,
Pastor Alvin & Mallary Brown ::

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General Prayer Requests & Updates

For evangelism to flourish so communities and campuses in the greater Fort Worth area will be reached, and the lost will see and experience the love of Christ and be drawn to his kingdom.

For signs and wonders to follow the preaching of His Word.

For team unity and laborers to help carry the load.

For finances and provisions.

For fully funded campus missionaries (2 per campus) to help reach the next generation — Texas Christian University (TCU), Tarrant County College (TCC), Texas Wesleyan University (TWU) and Tarleton State University – Fort Worth (TSU), University of Texas at Arlington (UTA), and Dallas Baptist University (DBU).

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