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December 11, 2016, 11:14 AM

From the Pastor - December 11, 2016

Dear Friends,
I hope that no one is feeling skeptical about me calling you friends.  I have been pushing everyone lately, and I know that it can create an uncomfortable feeling.  I promise you though, one of the reasons I am being so insistent about God's calling us to action is that I do care for all of you.  I care too much to allow apathy or inaction to be seen as "normal Christian living".

The firemen I spoke of on Sunday, the law enforcement officers from all departments and all of the branches of the United States military all have one thing in common; they work, train and prepare for action they hope will never happen.  Those who have walked into danger, faced it down and lived to tell about it all long for days of peace and inaction.  The problem is that they know that trouble is going to come again.

Most Christians seem to do the opposite.  We read scripture, we attend classes, we study books and online articles, and we secretly hope that we will never be put into action.  Some misguided congregations have even built their model around bringing every problem and every seeking person to the pastor who will "fix everything."

I believe that the Bible teaches us something different.  We are told in 1 Peter 3:15 "Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have."  We are to expect action.  We are to expect questions.  In short, we are supposed to work while we wait!

A Navy seal said that when people are faced with extreme situations, "they never rise to the occasion, they sink to the level of your training."  That is why the Seals train so hard, and that is why Christians need to train even harder.  This is bigger than life and death, this is about eternity.  So, lets get to work.

In God's Grip,
Pastor Mark

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