I recently had a place that I have long loved and cherished, and a place I gave 11 years of my life, do something that hurt me to the very core, and they did so without remorse or explanation. I struggle with that, and I know that sooner or later I will need the mercy that can only be found in Jesus.
People have been brought into my life recently that have great physical and material needs for basics, such as food, and it has been a blessing to be part of helping those situation, but ultimately, at the core, they need Jesus.
So, two things happened recently that reminded me how we need to stay grounded in faith.
A church in another part of the country reached out to me about possibly coming there to serve as their executive pastor. They sought me out through a mutual connection convinced that my gifts and skill set were what they needed. Part of that position included being part of the church's teaching team. They got back to me a few weeks later after watching some of the recent sermons. The comment was this, "Your preaching style isn't what our people are used to. You use a lot of scripture in your teaching."
Let that sink in a little. A church no longer was interested in me, because my style of sharing God's word is to actually use God's word, read God's word, and see what lessons from God's word apply to us today. I find that I stand unapologetic for that, and sorry for them that they will be spending their money to bring in someone who doesn't do that.
Also, today as I was updating the website I realized that the way we have set the camera angle for Sunday mornings, whenever I am speaking, the cross on the wall of our church can be seen clearly over me. I am doing all of my sharing of the Gospel under the shadow of the cross.
So, Here are a couple things:
We stand fully and completely on the word of God.
We do all that we do, in the shadow of the Cross.
I am good with those things.