October 2021

As always, I greet you in the amazing and marvelous name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. May the grace and love of God saturate your life to overflowing. This is the time of year that most pastors I know
start looking at the next year coming up. On November 14th, we plan to have a Planning
Session to schedule events for 2022. I can’t wait that long to get started. There may be a monumental decision made in 2022. If all goes to plan, the United Methodist Church will convene a global assembly at the end of August to vote on the possible split of the United Methodist Church. If that happens, we will have some decisions to make. Taking no action is an action in itself. I hope we will be proactive instead of reactive. Barbara and I recently went to a very informative gathering of people to discuss this prospect about being proactive. The gist of what I got from it is “Why wait?” If we know what God is calling us to do, then why wait for a formal directive? We can (and should) start doing now, what God has always called us to do and be. For example: Of all the greatest people who ever lived, none was greater than the grave, except one.
Only one man, hero, leader, was greater than death. If Christ is not raised, we are fools. If he did conquer death, we have a global mission. The command was something like this “As you go about your life, as you go about teaching, as you go about baptizing, make disciples of all “ethnos”. Ethnos means people groups; i.e. the world. What directive are we waiting for? People of faith recognize the book of Romans to be one of the
premier talks about theology. It spells out so much about our faith. What people often fail to see is that it was written with a missionary heart about a missionary venture. It is about evangelism. What are
we waiting for? The enemy has a vested interest in keeping us from moving through the threshold of witnessing. If we reach out, we will offend some people, we will confuse others, and we will move out of our comfort zone. I forget who first said this, but mainline American churches have been accused of “pandering to the over churched and ignoring the under churched”. What are we waiting for? We live in a culture unknown to our parents. I personally have a problem just watching the TV ads. This is the culture we live in, like it or not. How do we function. Here’s some advice I got. If something in culture is good – like family bowling night – we embrace it. If something in culture is bad – like spreading hate and division – we embody the alternative. “How to live in this culture: Embrace the same good. Embody the alternative.” That’s how the early church did it. That’s how the true church has done it through the ages. What are we waiting for?
In His Service – Pastor Brian

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