September 2018

Greetings in the name of our Risen Savior, Jesus the Christ;

I hope that this letter finds you well and rested. I pray that you had enjoyable summer. This is the time of year when the Church schedule gets going in full strength again. I invite you to become a part of all that is going on in our churches.

As you know before I became your Pastor, I was a salesman. It’s remarkable how similar the two vocations are. When I was in sales one of the most discouraging phrases to hear was I’m just looking.

"Just looking" -- What it mostly means is "Go away, I have no intention of buying anything here." Sometimes we go "just looking" because we're bored. We cruise the malls looking in one shop after another, simultaneously overwhelmed by all the choices before us and uninterested in what seems to be just "more of the same."

Sometimes we go "just looking" to sneak a peek at all those things that are beyond our reach. Ever pretend to be studying the photos of yachts for sale down at a marina? Or ever walk through the showroom of a Porsche dealership, checking out the latest models you won't be buying? Or maybe you prefer trying on a few diamonds and rubies, just to see how they look on your finger? "Sorry, just looking."

But some people spend all their lives "just looking" -- never willing to invest their energies or emotions or economic security in anything because of the risks involved. People who are permanently "just looking" drift in and out of jobs without ever finding a vocation; they drift in and out of relationships without ever daring to love; they drift in and out of communities without ever casting a vote or dropping anchor; and they drift in and out of the church without ever opening their hearts to the spirit of God or feeling the pulse of Christ's body.

The Christian life is much more than "just looking." James 1:22-25 says, “22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 23 Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror 24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 25 But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.”

No one is just along for the ride. Everyone must get out and push when the going gets tough. Stop looking and become a doer. Commit your life, your family, your job and your church to Jesus Christ and see the change.

Grace and Peace,

Pastor Bill

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