Seventeen years ago, on a picture perfect September morning, four planes took off into the beautiful blue morning sky never to return to an airport again. Nineteen men aboard these planes were set on a suicide mission to use these jets, full of passengers, as weapons of mass destruction against innocent civilians. Three planes hit their mark, one into each tower of the World Trade Center in Manhattan, NY, completely destroying the towers, and one into the Pentagon in Washington D.C. The fourth plane crashed into the Western Pennsylvania countryside. Almost 3000 people lost their lives that fateful day in September, in one of the most egregious acts of aggression our country has ever seen. It seemed as if we all suffered loss that infamous day, if not the loss of a friend or loved one, then the loss of naivety and a sense of security. Though terrorism was nothing new around the world, that day it became real to those of us who call the United States home. Shortly thereafter, a new phase arose in our nation’s vocabulary- “The War on Terror;” a war that has continued for seventeen years and still seems to have no end in sight.
In my last blog post we saw how Jesus is the solution to mankind’s heart problem and to the problem of hate and division in the world around us. We saw how God, through Jesus’s death on the cross, served our death sentence for us, sparing us from an eternity in Hell (the greatest danger facing mankind). We saw how God gives each believer a new heart which is able to love God and other people with the same supernatural love which God has loved us with; and we saw how this heart change can change bitter enemies into loving brothers. So what does this mean to you?
Matt Gibson is an elder at Grace Baptist Church, certified ACBC counselor, husband of Stacie and father of 4.
Stacie Gibson is Matt's wife, a mother of 4, a busy homemaker and home-educator in addition to being a certified ACBC counselor. She is a guest blogger at Biblical Counseling for Women.
Barb Leaman is a children's Sunday School teacher and a teacher's aide for the Hornell Jr and Sr. High Schools. She is wife to Glenn and mother to an adult daughter.
Dave Theobald is the preaching and teaching elder at Grace Baptist Church. He is married to Jamie and has a son Job.
Rob Wilson is a deacon of Grace Baptist Church, a veterinarian specializing in large animals, a farmer, a husband to Kim, and father to 2 energetic young boys.
Ustad ("teacher," in local dialect) is a global partner of GBC, who shares stories and perspectives from the field, for our encouragement and to help orient us on things eternal.