Posts by Thomas Becker

Posts by Thomas Becker

Pastors’ Briefing -July 17, 2020

Dear church family, Once again, thank you for so many ways that you are being the body of Christ for each other, and being a light to the world. We continue to hear about phone calls, visits, Gospel opportunities, small group meetings, and so many other ways that you are loving and serving. I personally am so blessed to be a part of Cary Alliance. We are the Church, and Jesus is Lord of the Church! Lots of good and…

Pray for July 26th

Dear Church family, Thank you for being the church during these trying times. I have rejoiced at stories of people being led to Jesus, small groups meeting for prayer and encouragement, shut-ins receiving caring and loving phone-calls, and the Lord’s provision of grace, comfort, and healing. Children have been ministered to on-line, youth have begun to meet in appropriate ways, and the life and mission of the church continues, even as we have not been meeting in person. Thank you…

Church and Race

A message from your pastors and Elders about the Church and race Dear Church family,  Several events of the last few weeks have brought the question of racism to the forefront. This is an important conversation, and while we don’t wish to offer political interpretations of these events, we do feel like it is important to speak unequivocally about what the Bible has to say. Jesus was born into a world rife with hate, into a people downtrodden and despised.…

CAC Update

Dear church family, Thank you. I personally am so blessed and encouraged. What I’m talking about is the love and faithfulness of our church family. Later in this e-mail we talk a little bit about giving, but I just want to start out with thanks for being the body of Christ: So many have worked so hard to re-orient their ministries during these days. So often I hear about phone calls, yard visits, and cards sent out. Or about loving…

A Timely Promise

Dear church family, We on the staff are so grateful for you and pray for you, and we’re looking forward to sharing our Resurrection Day celebration with you: “The Lord is Risen!” As the crisis situation settles in, many of us are dealing with a pretty deeply-seated anxiety. There are a lot of unknowns in the mid- and long-term future. That can be scary. I’d like to share two weapons that are helpful to me in overcoming anxiety, and the…

Unity of the Spirit

Dear church family, As we begin to figure out the new normal, a couple of things have come up in conversation with folks on the phone. One is a real desire to take advantage of extra time with the Lord, but somehow finding that’s not happening. It’s pretty easy to while away the time binge-watching a favorite program and scrolling through social media. For me it’s time spent keeping up with the news. Not that those things are bad, but…

Thriving As A Part of the Church Family

Dear church family, I just got done listening to the news conference in which Wake County announced a stay-at-home order. We have never seen times like these, and most of us have never lived under similar restrictions. Much is being stripped away. The things that are important, however, remain unchanged. The grass withers and the flowers fade, but the Word of the Lord remains forever! From everlasting to everlasting, He is God! COVID-19 will pass, but not even the gates…

Church Life during COVID-19

Greetings Church family! In desperate circumstances David asked “When the foundations are shaken, what can the righteous do?” And the answer came: “The Lord is in His holy temple. The Lord is on His heavenly throne.” He’s still God, Jesus still saves, and the Church is still His bride and His ambassador. Let’s keep loving Him and reaching people! (Throughout this e-mail, where you see text in blue, you can hold down your “ctrl” button and click with your mouse…

Greetings in the strong Name of Jesus Christ

Dear church family and guests of Cary Alliance, I’m reminded of a phrase often heard a few decades back: “Greetings in the strong Name of Jesus Christ.” Our Elders and Pastors have been much in prayer and consultation about our response to COVID-19. It seems that every hour brings disorienting and distressing news. Your questions, concerns and comments have been much appreciated and have helped shape our thoughts in this matter. We believe that in much counsel comes wisdom from…

Are You Reading the Word?

Last Sunday, we heard some startling statistics: on any given day, about 85% of believers have not spent time in the Scriptures; and over the course of any given week, about 68% have not been in the Word at all.  I think we would do well to personalize the question.  Ask yourself, “Where do I fit in those numbers?” Not “where do I want to?”  or “where do I pretend to?” or “where will I be when life settles down?,”…

The End of Things Is at Hand

This past Sunday morning we looked at what the apostle Peter had to say about “the end of things.”  It is “at hand,” and that should make a difference in our priorities.  Like a spiritual bucket list, there are some things of eternal value that become more important in view of the end: prayer, loving others, practicing hospitality, and using the unique opportunities that the Lord has given us to build up others (1 Peter 4:7-11). Those unique opportunities are…