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March 14, 2017, 10:32 PM

From the Pastor - March 12, 2017

Dear Friends,

It is not easy to give up expectations.  Some would argue that expectations are a crucial part of the unwritten, unspoken social contract we all have with each other.  Without expectations, we would have anarchy and chaos.

If we truly want to grow in our depth of discipleship, then this is where we need to separate the stuff that matters from the stuff that doesn't.  We need to avoid getting sidetracked and distracted.  It is normal to expect a borrowed tool to be returned by a neighbor or, at a certain age, our kids will handle a few basic chores.

My sermon two weeks ago even tried to help all of us make sense to what happens when people don't live up to our expectations. Check it out online if you missed it in person.

We run into trouble, however, when we begin to put expectations on God. One may argue that we can expect God to live up to the characteristics that He reveals to us in scripture. That's true, but it can become a very slippery slope very quickly.

Take the simple premise that God is good. Consider for a moment the vastly different expectations that could exist if all people were Christians. A conflict develops between the owner of a business, her manager, and several employees. What if it goes to court, before a Christian judge, and is argued by two faithful Christian lawyers? I can see a minimum of five different versions of what a "Good God" would be expected to do.

When you strip everything away we need to be willing to daily place our expectations of God in the trash and wait patiently for a perfect, holy, and loving God to act, not in order to act ourselves.

In God's Grip,
Pastor Mark

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