New & Improved!

 

One phrase we have heard over and over these past several months is, “I can’t wait until we get back to normal!”  These words actually make me cringe.  The word normal has never sat well with me.  What is normal and why do we long for it?  As Children of God, we should not want “normal”.  God calls us to new life in Christ and provides the opportunity for us to become something better.  Sure, life is more than complicated right now than any of us would like, but longing for what was, means we are missing the opportunity to become all that God desires NOW!  Let’s not long for or live in the past, but instead, become the amazing people God has called us to be.  The opportunities are endless when we allow Christ to make us new.

 

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come.

 The old has gone, the new is here!”  

                                                                                                                                                                                   (2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV)

 

Pastor Kris

08/13/2020

 

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“And hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts

through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.”

                                                                                                                                                        Romans 5:5

 

There are enough things in this world to disappoint us.  We’ve told our children for decades that they can be anything they want, but when they discover maybe it isn’t possible (for whatever reason) they become disappointed.  Adults are no different.  When we are disappointed, we often stumble and are unsure of where to go next.  How do we teach each other, our children included, to be disappointed?  God gave us our feelings to process life!  Life is full of disappointments (COVID19 or not).  If I personally were to look back on the past 15 months, I could list disappointment after disappointment.  Fortunately, I do not find myself stuck there.  I am ever thankful my parents taught me as a child how to work through disappointment in a positive manner.  As much as I wanted to be on my high school cross-country team, (I know don’t laugh, but even the coach thought it was a good idea), it not only wasn’t realistic, it wasn’t what God wanted.  

 

After I realized my dream had crumbled, I worked through the disappointment.  What did I discover?  I thrived in public speaking.  You likely see where this story went.  God works through our disappointments to bring bigger and better dreams.  But sometimes we have to live in our disappointment a while trusting God will always bring goodness.  

 

So, as you too are likely working through a disappointment of your own, be patient.  Allow God to work through it.  You will be amazed at the outcome!

 

~Pastor Kris

08/10/2020

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“A time to tear, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak”  

                                                                                                                Ecclesiastes 3:7

 

Ecclesiastes reminds us that under God there is a time for everything.  Every emotion.  Every task. It seems you and I have been flooded by information these past several months, I want us to take time to pause.  To be silent.  A couple of weeks ago I focused my Sunday message on listening.  In order to truly listen we have to want to hear the other person.  Our entire being must want to listen.  We can’t be planning our response, argument, or line of questioning while they are still talking, or we aren’t remaining open to what they really want us to hear.  

 

Take time to pause in your communication.  Sincerely listen.  Let the other person/s talk.  After they stop talking, pause.  Breathe.  Soak in what they’ve said.  Ponder any questions you might have.  Do you need to clarify what you think you heard?  How do you respond?  Then, slowly speak.  Do not rush to defend your position or what knowledge you might have.  

 

Communication is a two-way street.  In order for it to be successful, both sides of the street need to be as well-worn as the other.  Think on this before you speak.

 

~Pastor Kris

08/06/2020

 

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"Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.”

                                                                                                                                                                     Mark 1:35 

 

Throughout our Gospels, we repeatedly encounter a Jesus who took time ‘away’ to be with God.  To pray.  To discern.  To listen.  

 

As we find ourselves even deeper in this global crisis, we must remember the vital importance of staying connected to God.  We too must heed the action of Jesus and take time ‘away’ to be in the presence of God. Time to pray.  To discern.  To listen.  

 

When was the last time you really took time ‘away’?  Time to focus on God?  The blessings God has given?  The direction God desires for your life?  Asking what God wants you to do or say?

 

Yes, our world has been turned upside down a bit, but God is still here, waiting for us to spend intentional time in God’s presence.  To pray.  To discern.  To listen.  

 

Now.  Now is the time.

 

~Pastor Kris 

 

08/03/2020

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