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There is one purpose of the church...to share the story of Christ.  We are call to evangelize, share, tell and to go. When we recognize that our church exists solely, and I mean solely, to prepare you and I (train and equip) to better fulfill that purpose (evangelize), suddenly our church becomes a much more compelling place to be.
 
Paul in his first letter to Corinth understood his purpose and our purpose very well.
 
For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to evangelize-not with clever words, so that the cross of Christ will not be emptied of its effect.  1 Co 1:17

As Paul, we also are sent to "evangelize". We are sent to share with our 8-15, the love of Christ. We are commissioned. In being commissioned we should allow Jesus to change, command, and consume us.
 
When we engage our 8-15 we should never storm into our relational worlds, boldly declaring that we have arrived to save their sorry selves (we were never designed to wear arrogance very well), but we must never be shy about our mission either. Every time we open a dialogue or pull up to Starbucks for coffee or try to figure out a way to invite someone to a church event, we should do so with confidence and anticipation. We're not blazing new territory here- God's already been involved in the process for a while. God is and has been involved in "all things" (Colossians 1:16-17)
 
Pastor Jeff

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Life was in Him, and that life was the light of men. That light shines in the darkness, yet the darkness did not overcome it. John 1:4-5
Once again we find ourselves waiting for updates. We are captured by the news. We are scrolling through our phones looking for stories.  We can't help but to be moved by the pictures and the footage.  While observing all of this again we ask the same question..."When will all of this stop?"
 
We live in a nation where our freedom of expression has become our path to destruction. We have shared our feelings and opinions on social media to the point that we offend those that we thought were our "friends." Basic statements of opinion turn into cultural differences, deep seeded hurt and offense. We have become our own worse enemy. 
 
There's no doubt that we live in a dark world. Yet, in the middle of darkness, the light and hope of Jesus breaks through. Yes we are saddened that this senselessness took place.  We hate that evil exists. But we should be incredibly grateful that a day is coming when every tear will be wiped away and there will be no more tears (Rev. 21:4).  I, for one, am thankful for the light of Jesus that overcomes all darkness.
 
It is during difficult days like this that we find ourselves lifting up a short and brief prayer. We pray for the families. We pray for understanding. We pray for direction. 
 
On days like this communities turn to their faith. For a moment there is an embrace and a moment to connect. There is a moment to gather, discuss and to pray.
 
Take a moment this week within your community to say a prayer. Pray for one another, for victim's families, and for our nation. 
 
Pastor Jeff

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