Fall Creek Friends
11345 Karnes Rd.
Hillsboro, Ohio 45133

Pastor's Pen

thought it not robbery to be equal with God: 7 But made himself of no reputation, and
took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: 8 And being
found in |fashion as a man, rhe humbled himself, and became obedient unto death,
even the death of the cross. - Philippians 2:5- 8

   On January 27, 2020 five times NBA champion Kobe Bryant passed away in a
helicopter crash that also took the life of his daughter Gigi and seven others.  Since the
crash and as the sports world mourned the loss of Kobe Bryant his life has been
summarized by his attitude toward playing basketball and life.  It has been described as
the “Mamba Mentality".  The Mamba is a black snake that is extremely deadly. Kobe on
the Mamba Mentality: “If you see me in a fight with a bear, pray for the bear". I’ve
always loved that quote. That’s “Mamba Mentality" we don't quit, we don't cower, we
don't run. We endure and conquer. Stop feeling sorry for yourself, find the silver lining
and get to work with the same belief, same drive and same conviction as ever...Mamba
Out."  As believers in Christ what sort of mind set should we have as we face life with all
of its challenges?  I would like to suggest what Paul stated in his letter to the Philippian
church.  He challenged us to have what I would like to call a “Messiah Mentality”.  
Exactly what is this mentality?  Christ is the supreme example of humility and selfless
concern for others (vv. 5–8).   These verses point to the 'self-emptying' of Christ in
what He gave up to leave the heights of heaven to come to earth to save sinners such
as you and me.  I do believe that the challenge for followers of Christ is to have a
“Messiah Mentality” in that our perspective and our goal for living life is to model that of
the Saviour.  There are many ‘voices’ out there that will attempt to sway our thinking
and behavior to reflect the world and not Christ.  Romans 12:1 reminds us to present
our bodies to God as is our reasonable service and the warning in verse 2.  “And be
not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that
ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”  Several
years ago there was a fad expressed by a wristband. ‘W.W.J.D.’.  What would Jesus
do?  The wristbands may be gone but the question still remains.

H. Scott Latimer