“Understanding Your Life in Christ”

The summer has been long, the monsoons have been a blessing, and I hope this finds you well.  A year and a half after the pandemic began, our church is continuing to expand our offerings, including coffee hospitality between our 9 am and 10:30 am services, and also, Sunday School classes for kids and youth of all ages at our 10:30 am service.  Of course, you are very welcome to join us in-person, or on-line!  (See the blue “button” near the top of this website).

Currently, we are in the middle of a sermon series on the letter to the Ephesians.  As we have gone through the letter, I have been struck – as I sometimes am, and as I always should be – by the incredible vastness of God.  This letter has been called “the Grand Canyon of Scripture,” partly because it so clearly reveals this vastness.  Ephesians 3:18, for example, expresses appropriate awe over “… how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ.”  Wider than the Grand Canyon?  Absolutely.  Higher and deeper than space, which contains 300 sextillion

NEXT STEP, ONE YEAR LATER

Because our youth currently are not meeting in person, Greg King, our church’s youth leader, has initiated a really great ministry with our youth using a platform called “Slack.”  What he’s doing is taking a topic – say, “salvation” – and having a 10-15 minute videoed conversation about the topic with another person in our church.  The video gets posted, the youth and parents watch it at their convenience, and then make comments, have discussion, etc.  This is a big change from what we’re used to, but nevertheless, we’re learning, and interacting, in ways that are faithful and life giving.

 

In one of the videos that Greg led, a scripture was brought up that I love: Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. (Hebrews 13:8)  It’s a comfort to know that in this ever-changing world, Jesus – who He is, and what He has done, is doing, and will do – remains the same.  He is the one element of life, in fact, that we can count on.

What Should Our Position Be?

“I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone – for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.” (1 Timothy 2:1-2)

We are now in the first full week of a new federal administration in our nation. We prayed on Sunday, January 17 for a peaceful transition – before, during, and after the inauguration of President Biden. I’m guessing that was a prayer lifted up by many, many people, and we can thank God, like we did this past Sunday, for answering it!

The election and the inauguration have been quite a stressful time for Americans. As things finally have come to a resolution, some of us are pleased with the outcome, while others of us are disappointed. As Christians, who are citizens of our nation and citizens of the kingdom of God, what should our position be?