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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Pastor's Weekly Message

".... and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?" Micah 6:8

It seems so simple, but sometimes we can make it so complicated.  Jesus said much the same thing as the prophet.  Remember his words about "loving God with all our heart, soul and mind, and loving our neighbor as ourselves" (loosely from Matthew 22:37-39).  It seems so basic. 

But we can argue about what is just, and who our neighbors are, and how it is that we really show our love for God.  Semantics get involved, and then emotions, and how can they not?  And then we can fight about loving God, and be anxious about loving others in the right way.  And humility?  That may be the first casualty in our quest to show who is the most just in loving God the best.

Sometimes we are a curious lot.  Wanting things simple, but inventing and inviting complications at the same time.  What is this apropos  of?  Nothing in particular and everything in general I suppose.  Just that sometimes when it seems things might be simple, they get complicated all over again.  But the Lord's directive and invitation still stands.  And in the midst of this sometimes self-invented adventure He loves us still, and always will.  Even though sometimes he must shake his head in wonderment.  (Or maybe that is just me.)

Thanks for the love Lord, because the adventure surely continues.

In the peace and power of the Christ,
Pastor Randy

"Merciful Savior, you loved the world so much that you gave your all - your very life - for us.  We often receive your outrageous gift imperfectly, forgetting the abundance of it, and living instead in poverty of spirit.  We often reject the grace you freely offer and cling instead to guilt and shame.  We often deny your gift's liberating power and live instead in fear.  Grant us, we pray, courage and faith to live as children of a risen and saving Christ.  Amen."
This Week
Thursday     American Red Cross Blood Drive
                   1:30-7:00 pm (call 1.800.red.cross)

                   Men's Night @ Old Chicago Pizza 6:30p
Saturday     Compassion Clinic @ Barnes Elementary
                   (visit www.CompassionBeaverton.org)
Sunday       Youth Group Meeting 12:00p
                   All 7- 12th grade youth and parents