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September 14, 2018
How has being a follower of Jesus Christ made a difference in your life? Has it made you more aware of the needs of people around you, and greater desire to try to alleviate the pain you see? Is it deepening your faith in Jesus, trusting him with more parts of your life? Perhaps seeking to follow him more closely? Maybe following Jesus has led to a re-ordering of your life’s priorities.
This week we will reflect on a young man who desired to follow Jesus, but only up to a certain point. When Jesus told him to sell all that he has and give to the poor, the man turned away. The young man wanted to hold onto his life style, more than he wanted to follow Jesus. Are there parts of our lives that we hold onto, that keep us from following Jesus completely?
During the next several Sundays we are reflecting on some of the things Jesus said, in a series: “Did Jesus Really Say That?” Some of what Jesus said is difficult to hear, and even harder to live out. But the reason Jesus says those things “we’d rather not hear”, is out of love for us. He calls to our attention those things in our lives that keep us from following him more closely, or from using the gifts we’ve been given in service to God’s kingdom. Jesus knows that when we align our lives to truly following him, we open ourselves to a life of purpose, fulfillment, and peace.
I look forward to worshiping with you this Sunday. Please stay safe and pray for the safety and well-being of all those in areas affected by the hurricane and its aftermath.
Yours in Christ,
Tomorrow’s Fall Clean-Up day has been postponed until next Saturday September 27 from 9am-Noon!