Time for the Bible

This week’s eNewsletter feature
was written by Rev. Raymond Hylton,
FPCE senior pastor.

Greetings!

Happy New Year!

I was wrapping up a video call with a friend of mine in another state when he suddenly switched topics and confessed to me something that I hear from many people today:

“I have been a Christian for more than 20 years,” he said, “but I don’t know the Bible; in fact, I don’t read the Bible.”

This brother is a leader in his church, faithful in his attendance with his wife and kids. He’s very successful in his business but feels like a failure when it comes to his faith.

I could feel the weight of his guilt seeping through his voice.

I urged him never to respond to God out of shame. “God wants you to respond out of desire and love, not shame.”