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From the Senior Pastor – November 2014

I finally got around to replacing my front windshield on my car this week. Somehow this summer it was accidentally hit by a baseball which subsequently left little cracks up and down the driver’s side portion of the windshield. My reaction to driving with the new windshield was one of amazement. My vision was clearer, my sense of safety and security was heightened, and my vision was clearer!

I realize said that my vision was clearer twice but the difference in driving with the old windshield and driving with the new windshield was as different as night from day. Driving home from the glass repair shop I began thinking that my sinful self is always cracked, always broken, and my vision is obscured by my fallen nature. By the grace of God every day I wake up to the reality that my life in Christ is different, my vision is clear through the power and presence of the Holy Spirit, my ability to live is itself a gracious gift of God.

I realized that I had grown accustomed to driving my car with a cracked windshield, with a less than stellar vision of what was in front of me. Now that my windshield was replaced and new I could see more clearly, which in the living out of the Christian faith means that I can follow Christ more nearly and love Christ more dearly.

There will always be obstacles, and setbacks, and cracks in life. We are called by God to live as God’s children and invite others to become disciples of Jesus Christ, and we are given the cross and the empty tomb, the dying to sin and rising to new life that is the pattern of the walk with Jesus. The truth of the matter is that you don’t have to make an appointment to put on Christ like I had to with my car’s windshield. We are given every day as a gift to be a new creation, to live in God’s Kingdom, to do the work of God led by the Holy Spirit. Open your eyes to see where God is taking you, and where God is leading Christ the King.

“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”(1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)

Living in God’s amazing grace,

Pastor Matthew Groenke

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