From December 1984 through September 1989 we (that is, initially my wife and I, then Jessica arrived, and finally, about a month before we left, Stephen came along) lived in the Dallas, TX area, in the United States. There we were part of a church, and we still consider that time our best church experience.
This past spring the “teaching elder” who was there during our time retired, as was succeeded by a younger man who was just starting his teaching ministry when we left in 1989. A few days ago he posted a statement on Facebook which, after thinking about it for the past few days, I consider so significant that I will repost it here for your consideration:
I no longer ask for God’s help to “face” the difficulties of this life. That points my face in the wrong direction. Instead, I ask for God’s gracious work in my heart that I may steadfastly keep my face pointed ONLY toward HIM, in order that I may, by His grace, come to “share His holiness” and to know “the peaceful fruit of righteousness.” (see Hebrews 12:1-11, especially verses 1-2 and 10-11)
Tom Wright, Community Bible Chapel