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Maintain the Unity

In just two days our country will experience a transition of leadership, the church will not.... We have only one leader, Jesus is our Lord.  Our total allegiance belongs to him.  We are citizens of heaven.  Many people are now calling our country the "Divided States of America."  The admonition of Paul to the church in Ephesus was to "maintain the unity" that Christ had brought based on the gospel.  If there were ever days where the church has opportunity to model unity to the unbelieving world it is now. We cannot, we must not allow the cultural quagmire to divide us as the people of God. 

Regardless of whether or not the economy improves, healthcare becomes more affordable, or the Supreme Court is populated with conservative judges, the mission and the message of the Church remains the same:  we preach Christ and him crucified. We can only do that effectively as a united people surrendered to One Lord Jesus Christ. We may witness the peaceful transition of power on Friday but God help us to remember that our leadership as believers is constant because Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

Dr. Hal Irvine, Senior Pastor

 

Worship with a Purpose

When Karen and I went to Branson, MO, a year ago we stopped in Abilene, KS, so I could tour the Eisenhower Museum/Birthplace. Karen stayed in the car and read a book and I went all over the museum grounds.  The last place I stopped was the gift shop where I purchased the poster of the iconic photograph of Ike talking to paratroopers who would shortly board their aircraft and jump into Normandy.  I had the opportunity to meet some of those brave men during my tour of duty at Ft. Bragg. This week I finally got around to mounting the picture on the office wall.  That picture reminds me of the purpose of our worship times together.  Our commanding officer stands in our midst, encourages us, and then we go out, we jump into a hostile environment in order to bring the message of freedom to oppressed people.  The gospel of Jesus Christ delivers people from the oppression of sin.  Worship has to be a priority in our lives, individually, and corporately. Our Lord stands in our midst and encourages us.  As long as we are here the battle rages on.  Let's be together to see and hear Jesus, spur each other on, and then move out.

Dr. Hal Irvine, Senior Pastor

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