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March 10, 2018, 12:00 AM

From the Pastor - March 10, 2018


Dear Friends,

As the big snows from last week begin to melt, it is undeniable that we are getting closer to spring, and closer to Easter.  As a Christian (if you’ve made that choice) I hope you are feeling a rush of excitement as we celebrate that day when Jesus rose from the dead.  The stone was rolled away, the tomb was empty and eternity was forever changed.  What a day!

You may never have thought about it, but there are a lot of people who aren’t part of a church.  These people are not the enemy. They are not bad guys and they are not very different from you and me.  Many of them have never been exposed to Christianity in a safe way, where they could ask questions and come to a reasonable conclusion.  

Some of them have been part of a church before and may have even made a commitment to Jesus.  Then “it” happened.  “It” can be one of many many things.  “It” hurt them.  “It” made it easier to walk away than work it out.  They may have rejected a congregation or even an entire denomination because of “it," but only they know for sure how “it” affected their relationship with Jesus.

You have lots and lots of these people in your life.  I hope that you have been doing your best to love them like Jesus would love them, serving them like Jesus would serve them, praying for them, well, like Jesus was talking to himself. (I hope your are laughing a little.)

Easter is one of the two times a year when many of them ponder spiritual things and even ask what the season (Easter or Christmas) is really about.  For those who have never been a part of the church it can be very intimidating to “just drop in” all by themselves, no matter how hard our church works to make it a safe and accessible place.  For those who were hurt and left, the thought of trying again can be daunting.

People in both groups (those people you work with, study with, hang out with) are more open to an invitation to come to church right now than any other time of the year.  Seizing this moment in time is not false, it’s not marketing and it’s not _____ (fill in the blank with whatever objection you might have).

Think of it like this. What if you had a seed, a seed that you know could change the world if it bloomed. A seed that cost you nothing, but cost God everything to put in your hands.

When would you plant it?  In the dead of winter when the ground was frozen?  In the harsh heat of summer when the blazing sun would wither it instantly? In the fall amidst the death and resting of all things natural? Of course not.

You would plant it when the ground was open and inviting.  When the weather was heading in the right direction so it could nurture the new life you prayed would spring forth.

Inviting people to church and sharing the love of Jesus with them is just like that.  You want to share when people are most open.  Good news folks, the time is now!

Think about who you know that could use a change in their life.  Think about who you know that needs love, encouragement and friends in their life.  Close your eyes and think a bout them right now.

So, what is stopping you from walking across the street, or the classroom, or the shop floor and simply inviting them to come to church with you.  At the worst, all they can tell you is no.  If everything clicked, someone’s present AND eternity could change very soon.

I’m praying for all of you as you follow Jesus’ instructions to be salt and light.  Go for it!

In God’s Grip,
Pastor Mark

 

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