Exciting times
Posted: Jul 23, 2012 in Uncategorized | No Comments |

We live in challenging times.  With this being an election year, the problems our country is facing are being brought to the forefront.  No matter which side of the aisle you find yourself politically, few would argue the point that our country is struggling.  I know that many politicians and citizens across this great country have different ideas as to how to get us out of the mess that we are in.  Some say bigger government and more control.  Some say less taxes and more freedom.  In the last week, we saw a young man go into a movie theater and open fire killing or wounding more than 70 people.  Our economy is hanging on by a thread if that.  Many are unemployed, uninsured and void of all sense of hope and purpose.

You read assessments like that and than compare it to the title of this blog, which is “Exciting Times,” and think, “Really?”  How in the world could these possibly be considered exciting times?  Maybe challenging times would be more appropriate.  Or stressful times.  Perhaps, Difficult times.  Yet, when I read God’s Word, I am over and over again reminded that in our weakness, He is made strong.  In the moments of our greatest challenge and need, Jesus shines brighter than ever before.

I once heard it said that the ones who usually find faith in Christ are the desperate ones.  Maybe the title of this article should be “Desperate Times.” If that is true; if we truly are living in desperate times than I believe we have the potential as followers of Christ to make a bigger impact in our communities than ever before.  We live in “Dark Times.”  Light is most useful in the dark.  We as Christ followers have been given an unbelievable responsibilities in the days.  We are to live our lives in such a way as to point people towards Jesus.  We are to love unconditionally.  Give unreservedly.  Pray unceasingly.

Our church is getting ready to move into a new facility that will give us the opportunity to reach more people than ever before.  There are desperate, hurting, broken, bitter and hungry people living in our community.  I am excited to be able to introduce them to hope.  The only hope that really matters in this life can not be found in a big white house on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C.  It can’t be found in a political affiliation.  Our hope truly is built on nothing less than Jesus blood and His righteousness.

May we as His followers today have the faith to stare straight in the face of these challenging, difficult, hopeless and dark times with the resolve to roll up our sleeves and get to work introducing our communities to the grace of the One who holds everything in the palms of His hands.

With Expectancy!

Corey

corey@firstassemblywest.com