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Thank You!

Most of the time the e-blast finds me addressing some situation that has happened in the culture or challenging us to think about some aspect of our faith.  This morning my heart is in a different place.  I want to use this morning's e-mail blast to tell you all how much I appreciate you.  We are in the midst of an incredibly busy week at Mtn. View.  Last night we had a Church Council meeting.  Some of the folks serving on the council are in the midst of tough circumstances but they are serving our Lord.  Tonight is an elder meeting.  These men work hard during the day and are willing to shoulder the spiritual responsibility of our souls by meeting together to pray and plan.  Their wives are serving every bit as much by supporting their mens' service.  On Friday we will have a memorial service for Dale Vrabec and many of you have helped with preparations.  We've had a great response to our appeal for help as we hand out hot dogs at Halloween.  We have folks regularly using their gifts of teaching and administration, folks helping teach kids and watching babies. folks who can turn a wrench and paint a hallway. We have folks who have technological skills and people who can bake goodies and they both serve a purpose in moving the congregation forward.  And don't let me forget to preach to the choir.....thank you for singing.

I'm very conscious today of so many who do so much.  Please know I don't take you nor the ministries you do for granted.  II Cor. 12:20 says there are many parts/members but one body.  The part you play makes a difference for the Kingdom of God.  The Apostle Paul wrote a letter to the Philippians and he began the letter by telling the Philippians that he "Thanked God.....for their participation in the gospel from the first day until now."  Please know that is my heart towards each of you today.  

Dr. Hal Irvine, Senior Pastor

Does everything have to be spiritual?

In the midst of all the emotion and words about the NFL and the national anthem I have heard many different expressions of a common lament, "Does everything have to be political?"  I had an unbelieving friend once ask me, "Does everything have to be spiritual?"  I wonder how you would answer that question?  For me the answer is "yes."  And for every believer the answer is yes. 

I don't think that every decision requires dropping to our knees and asking for divine guidance (and please don't think for one minute I'm negating the importance of prayer...), but every decision we make flows out of who we are.  II Cor. 5 tells us we are new creatures, I Cor. 2:16 says we have the mind of Christ...........if that is true then every decision I make is spiritual.  Discipleship helps us to make many decisions without thinking, and that is a good thing.  We've been trained in righteousness and so that training just simply kicks in and we don't need to seek God's wisdom because it has been driven in to our hearts and minds.  There are decisions which cause us to seek the will of our Heavenly Father. 

The mind of Christ in us causes us to come before Him in dependence.  Jesus demonstrated this during his earthly ministry and so it is super-natural for us to do the same.  So, "Does everything have to be spiritual?" Yes, not because it is an effort but because it is who we are as believers in Jesus Christ.

Dr. Hal Irvine, Senior Pastor

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