August 2020

Greetings to you all again in the precious name of our Lord and Savior Jesus the Christ!
This morning I was reflecting on our Bible Study and how Greek words are more expressive and precise than some English words that appear in translation. That got me pondering on languages. How many languages do you speak? You may be surprised to find that you speak more languages than you think you do.
If you can read or play music, then you know another language. Anyone from around the world, that reads music, could play with you. Music is a universal language. Baby talk is another language. We use words and expressions for babies that we would be mortified if we used for adults. (I have never been good at Baby Speech.) People in love also have a language all their own; some with words, some with gestures, and often with knowing glances. Doctors have been known to use a language that is unintelligible to normal folks. And let’s not even start on politicians! Carpenters know what an “inch and a quart” means. They know the difference between the Head Shed and Suits and Sparkies, Tin Tappers and Wood Butchers. Most professions speak their own language.
We have some of that in church too. I remember one lecture when Dr. Kaiser said he was bilingual. He was proficient in both English and King James. Are you? If so, you’re probably at least as old as me. It is helpful to speak different languages. It broadens your world, opens up new understandings, teaches you to think in different ways. For us, there is another universal language besides music that all Christians must be fluent in. This is not an option. We need to speak in Love to everyone we meet. No kidding. Whether in words, gestures, looks, attitudes, whatever; we need to communicate in Love. It is a strange, foreign language to many people. It doesn’t translate well to greedy, self-centered folks. They don’t understand it, but we must keep trying to teach them the Love language. It is the primary language of our Boss. Let’s challenge ourselves to speak like Jesus, communicate in Love and see how surprised the world around us is. Don’t get frustrated. Thinking and speaking exclusively in a new language takes time and effort. We can do it! We’ve got the Holy Spirit on our side! Love ya!
In His Service, Pastor Brian

July 2020

Greetings once more in the precious name of Jesus our Lord and Savior. This month’s ponderings have recently taken an unusual twist, so I will get right to the issue at hand.
I received a certified letter in the mail at church. Inside was a letter from a lawyer informing us that we have been gifted $500,000 (US) for our next missionary venture. Now, I’m asking for help as we sort out what God wants us to do with the money. How should we spend $500,000 on missionary work? Please prayerfully consider what God is doing in the world and how we can be a part of His work in a new or more meaningful way. What shall we do with this new resource?
I hope you took a minute to think of a response. Our answers could be very telling about who we are and where we feel called. Now, however, I must be honest with you. We did not get that letter, but the question really is: “What would we do if we did get $500,000?” Please forgive my subterfuge, but let me explain. I am reading a book on financial stewardship. This is the sequel to Not Your Parents Offering Plate. I know some of you have read that book, and I believe he raised a similar question then. When we were doing city ministry in Lebanon, I actually did have a man walk into my office and give me $1,000 cash. He said he had given enough to his home church, knew the work we were doing and wanted to contribute. We knew exactly how to spend that money. Would we? Another way of saying the similar thing might be “What ministry would we do if money were not an obstacle?”
God has been blessing Glossbrenner with a season of growth, even with the virus interruption. As we get back in stride, I anticipate more blessings from God. I know (and you should too) that new situations call for new approaches. I am about to start my second year as your pastor. Look at what God has done over the last twelve months! I am confident that if we keep our focus on God, that even more remarkable things will occur in the next twelve months. Please join me in prayer for a vision that will carry Glossbrenner into the next five years and maybe beyond. Where is God leading us? What do we need to do? He will provide all that we need.
Have a blessed summer,…in His service, Pastor Brian

June 2020

Once again, I greet you in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus
Christ. May you always feel the empowering strength of His presence.
As we move into June of 2020, I have to admit that we are traveling in “No man’s land”, in “Uncharted waters”, and/or “Going where no man (or woman) has ever gone before”. I think that’s enough clichés. You get the idea. What I’m pondering on is “Ok, so what else is new?” You and I are constantly heading into “open terrain”. Got a new job? Lost a job? Retired from a paying job? Got a new preacher you barely knew anything about? Got married? Bought a house?

So, by now you know you can’t judge a book by it’s cover, and of course all that glitters is not gold. We may think others have it better than us,
but remember that the grass is always greener on the other side. There was crabgrass there too! We don’t know what the future holds, but
on the upside, ignorance is bliss! Forget the future. There is no time
like the present! You might think life is challenging, but don’t give
up the ship! Stop worrying and do something positive. You know
that actions speak louder than words. I could go on, but I think it’s
better to be safe than sorry, so I’ll put this to bed. I think I’m ending this in the nick of time, but only time will tell. I may have lost track of time, but you know I had to finish. It has to happen sooner or later. I guess I lost track of time. Know what I mean? So, what’s going to happen next? God only knows! Peace! Pastor Brian