Pastor's Desk
February 2, 2018, 1:29 PM

Friends

Dear friends in Christ Jesus,                                                                                                                               

For decades now, our culture has denied absolute truth and objective morality. Tolerance has become the supreme value—unless, of course, we consider someone intolerant. Those who embrace Biblical sexuality face more ridicule today than at any time in our nation's history. The writer of Judges explained his culture: "In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes" (Judges 17:6). Where we have no king, we are our own king. Discouragement is the enemy of hope. You might not know it from the evening news, but the church of Jesus Christ is alive and well today.                                                                                           

A few months ago, Case Keenum was just a backup quarterback for the MN Vikings. But on January 14th he led the Vikings to an NFL playoff victory after an incredible play when he connected to wide receiver Stefon Diggs in a last-second 61-yard touchdown that gave the Vikings the NFC Championship. But the really good news is this:   "I give everything to God," Stefon Diggs told Fox Sports.  Another Vikings wide receiver, Adam Thielen, described the final play this way: "That was God. That play right there was God."                                                                 

 "God is so good," Keenum said after the game. "It's probably the third best moment of my life; behind giving my life to Jesus Christ, marrying my wife, and this one's right there close," Keenum continued.                                                                                                                                        

As present day disciples of Jesus Christ we are called and sent out to make His name known.  Mark’s Gospel chapter one, is about Jesus calling the disciples.  The writer of Mark uses the word “immediately” over forty times in sixteen chapters.  There is great urgency in making Christ known and we are to use every opportunity.                                                                                                   

I didn’t know about these Vikings players’ faith.   When we trust God in hard places, others take note and Jesus is glorified. We all must be ready to serve Jesus in every circumstance, because our chance may come when we least expect it.  Mahatma Gandhi said:  “I would have become a Christian had I met one.”                                                                                                                                       

Folks, the kingdom of God will not arrive on Air Force One.  It will when we take every opportunity to share our story of faith—and to God be the glory!                                                                             

Pastor Gran




January 2, 2018, 11:28 AM

Friends

Dear friends in Christ Jesus,                                                                                                                         

“Then Jesus said loudly, ‘Whoever believes in me believes not only in me, but also in the one who sent me.’” John 12:44        As we have been studying in the Wednesday morning men’s Bible class, there are two ways to believe.  The first way is to believe about God, meaning that we believe what is taught about God is really true. This type of belief is more a statement of knowledge than an expression of faith.                                                                                                                                    

The second way is to believe in God.  This not only includes believing what is taught about God is true but also includes trusting Him and daring to be I relationship with Him.  It means believing without any doubts that He really is who He says He is, and He will do all He says He will do.  A person who believes in God believes everything written about God in Scripture.  He dares to believe this in life and in death.  This faith makes a person a true Christian and gives him an assurance in life that is found nowhere else.                                                                                           

As human beings we have such a hard time seeing the big picture of what faith entails.  It’s like the parent driving with a 4 year old in the back seat.  Soon come the questions: “why are we slowing down”, “why did we stop,” and of course “are we there yet?”  The child asks because s/he can’t see all that’s going on, couldn’t see the child crossing the street and the need to slow down, or the stop sign and the need to stop, or the intersection they needed to turn at or when the final destination was coming.  The child couldn’t see over the dashboard, didn’t have the clear perspective to understand how her parent was driving.  But the driver did and the child needed to trust—to believe that the parent knew best. 

Well we too are too “small” to see over the dashboard of life-- to see the complete picture.  Our vision is limited, and affected by sinful flesh as well.  But our Driver can see all, and assure us that He is in control, that nothing happens to us, no curves, stops, changes in direction/problems occur without His knowledge and control -- that He will guide us and use all things to our eternal welfare and lead us to our final destination with Him in eternity.  He wants us to trust Him!  That trust comes when we believe in God and not just believe about God. The little word in is well placed and should be carefully noted.  We don’t say I believe about God the Father, but I believe in God the Father, in Jesus Christ, in the Holy Spirit.                        

As we enter into this new year of God’s grace, God grant us a bit more perspective and understanding that we might trust Him more and share that hope that is within us to those who are trapped in this dark and chaotic, near-sighted world around us.  

May the God of all grace, guard, and keep you in His care, unto the day of eternal life!              

Pastor Gran