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Crossing the Border

 Well it’s Tuesday afternoon and I am sitting down at my desk to contemplate the trip down to Rocky Point (Puerto Penasco).  We partnered with our sister church Ekklesia and a couple from Community Christian.  It was a fairly large group that started around 85 and dwindled down to about 60 or so. People of all ages, kids from 7 all the way up to someone who is their late 60’s. 

 What a great trip!  A family was given keys to a brand new home, a Bible, and many other things.  A very special moment indeed!  I am always amazed to see a house go up starting on Saturday morning to completion on Monday by noon.  However, that wasn’t really the most amazing thing to me.  What was amazing to me was the attitude of those who went on the trip.  Attitude and me first was all checked at the border.  I have never seen a group bond like this one did – immediately there was no I’m from that church or this church!  Or I’m in charge – It was awesome to see people (Christians) use their talents, ability, willingness to learn, for God’s Glory.  Everyone got involved, everyone did their part, everyone did something they weren’t comfortable with, everyone learned something new.  There was no one who sat on the sidelines and just watched, there was no one who fought against the tide, there was no one who had to have their way.  It was Christians working together as Christians, each doing what they could.  Were there “stars” on the trip that knew more about construction? Of course!  Were they patient?  Absolutely!  Did they help other along in the journey?  Of course!  Did they get mad when something was done wrong?  No they didn’t.        

 If there was one lesson to be seen it was this… We can do a lot with each other doing their part and people acting like Christians – or is that BEING A CHRISTIAN? 

 Ephesians 5 says this:  “Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.” 

 What I saw this week was about 60 people being imitators of God and smelling pretty good before God even if they stunk before men.  I am already looking forward to our next trip together. Until then, I hope that type of attitude comes back to the United States and doesn’t get lost at the border.   

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New

Maybe you’re like me, I like new things.  There is nothing like the smell of a new car or the look of new clothes.  There is always hope for a new season of your favorite sporting team unless you are a Chicago White Sox fan like Pastor Mark!

I even like new things at church – We have a NEW Website (Check it out), A NEW church logo (Pretty cool), a brand NEW Middle School ministry for 6-8th graders.  A NEW Pastor’s Blog (thinking about calling it Bob’s Big Blog- what do you think?) We have some NEW ideas for 2018 for taking Jesus to our community.

This whole concept of NEW is not NEW and actually comes from the Bible.

Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. 2nd Corinthians 5:17

Have you ever asked yourself why that sentence starts with a therefore?  You would have to go back and look at verse 16 which says we are not to live by the flesh.  Man is that hard sometimes – not to want what the flesh wants.  Anyway back on the topic, what NEW thing does God want to do through you this week?  If we are truly a follower of Jesus not only are you a NEW creation, God wants to do something NEW through you!  What NEW thing is coming for you?  Are you open to NEW?  Will you allow God to do something NEW in you?

Take a second and leave me a comment so I know you are with me and even tell me the NEW thing God is trying to do through you.  Have a great week!

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