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There is no dress code. Some people may dress up. We hope you won’t worry about what you wear, but just come as you are.

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    At the request of our elders and the stirring of my heart (Jeff) I'm posting the text from the segment at the end of our service Sunday where I addressed the SCOTUS ruling from last week on homosexual marriage. I pray that it is received in the heart in which I shared it. (Text sometimes does not relay that well.)

    June 28, 2015

    It’s been a concerning week. We should mourn appropriately. The law of our land now includes the institutionalization of “homosexual marriage” which according to scripture that we have dilegently studied is out of the will of God and is sin: sin that separates people from Christ. It doesn’t matter what that sin is. If it’s sin, then it separates people from Jesus, and we never desire that.

    Proverbs 14:12 “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.”

    There is a way that may feel right, may look sweet and special, and even tugs a little at the heartstrings, but in the end it leads to death. We mourn the celebration of something that God says will eternally separate people from Jesus.

    But this isn’t new. Our culture has been moving in this direction for some time, and it’s nothing the church hasn’t faced before both in recent history and in ancient times as well. You need to know the law of the land cannot infringe on the power of God to continue to work in and transform people’s lives. No matter what laws a nation makes within which the physical church resides, the Kingdom of God endures. Remember your citizenship is first in Heaven before it is in America, and that our true home country will endure forever. There will likely be challenging days ahead for the church, and God will walk through that with us, and we will be faithful to Him and His Word.

    So what now? What do we do now? Simply what we have always done:

    Love like Jesus: care for people and stand on truth.

    Consider this. Jesus is the greatest example of love that ever was. He is love. He showed us how to love. He did that by meeting people where they were and calling them out of their mess into life in Him.

    There were two groups of people that hated Jesus when he was on the earth: the far left and the far right. The far left could not stand the part of Jesus that taught there was a higher authority on truth and wisdom than man. They could not stand to be called to moral account by anything but themselves. The far right hated Jesus because he challenged their idea of true religion and piety. Like we shared today they hated that Jesus shamefully associated with sinners. They called him an unholy heretic and blasphemer because he went to the “people of the land” and called those pious religious people sinners just like them. Those two extreme groups hated the most loving man ever so much that they put aside their extreme differences to demonize him, trivialize him and do away with him.

    Then Jesus told us that if we love like he loved, the world would sometimes treat us the same...

    John 15:18-19
    18 “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. 19 If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.”

    You see, we have the false idea that if we love like Jesus loved then all people will feel warm and fuzzy about us. Jesus says, no, not everyone. Some instead will say, “You’re full of sin for hanging out and talking to those 'vile' people,” and some will say, “You’re full of hate and judgment when you share God’s standards,” and all because you love like I did.

    Remember the encounter with the woman caught in adultery? Jesus said that whoever was without sin should cast the first stone. When the rocks fell he went to the sinful woman and said, “I don’t condemn you.” (The far right couldn’t stand him for that kind of stuff.) That is loving, but his love also compelled him to say, “That was a sin, now go and don’t do it anymore”. (The far left couldn’t stand him for that kind of stuff.) Why did he add that? Because God defines sin that separates her from him, and his deep love for her compelled him to share that as well.

    So, followers of Christ, go and love like Jesus. Remove your anger and disgust from your interactions with sinners because we’re all sinners in need of forgiveness. Be willing to be among them treating them with compassion as Christ has treated you, but also call people to account for their sin, not to be vindictive but because we love them so much that we don’t want them to be separated from God. We love them so much we value them knowing that truth above them liking us. We love them so much we want to show them the love of Christ even if they respond to us the same way that many responded to him.

    Love like Jesus: care for people and stand on truth.

    -Jeff
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    The issue of true benevolence has been near to my heart lately. In that spirit I'm posting my article for our upcoming newsletter inspired by some recent readings by Mark Moore. Let's let our success in benevolence be defined by Jesus' standards, and no one else's.

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    They come to the church building often. They come with different requests: money for utilities, money for trips to the doctor in Columbus, money to help with stints in rehab, money to repair transportation. Sometimes it’s food, which we are glad to share from our food pantry, but much more often it’s money. We’ve done our best to put safeguards in place to make sure we are sharing our benevolence responsibly including policies to protect against being taken advantage of. We’ve learned many tough lessons. We love to help when the need is real. Yet, with our due diligence, we give it in faith, praying that it will meet needs. I lamented recently that in over a decade of located ministry experience I could count on one hand the times that I have given someone financial help in full confidence that it was going to have an impact on a legitimate need. Yet, we give, and we will continue to give.
    We’re in a series this summer about folks that Jesus met in his ministry. There are many more examples than we will cover in the 12 Sunday series. One was a moment when Jesus met an expert in the law in Luke 10:25-31 who stood up and asked Jesus “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus asked him what was written in the law to which the man wisely replied, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, strength and mind, and love your neighbor as yourself.” Jesus congratulated him on his correct answer. Then, I guess the man just wanted to be clear on who to love so he asked, “Who exactly is my neighbor?” At this point Jesus tells the man the story of the Good Samaritan. You can read it in the Luke 10 text. In summary a man was beaten and left for dead. Two who should have helped him pass by and did not. The one who was least likely to help him, did. Jesus asks who was a neighbor? The expert of the law wisely replied, “the one who had mercy on him.” Jesus again congratulates him on his correct answer and said, “go and do likewise” or in other words, “that’s what your neighbor looks like.”
    Several of these thoughts come from reading Mark Moore who tells the story of a family who one of his students stayed with, a family who had very little. The father had just gotten a job but had been out of work for 2 years previously. The student said, “Surely the church helped you get through that time.” The father said, no. He had asked but they were in a building program at the time. One day they were down to their last can of green beans for dinner and they didn’t warm it up because they had no power. Their neighbors, who were the type that leave beer bottles lying around and cause a general ruckus, came to the door with an extension chord from their house. A man handed chord over and said, “Well, you can’t live without power.”
    That’s a tough story for us. We want to be those that love people in need and come to their aid. We’re so hesitant though because it’s so hard to know when people are legitimately in need. We fear being taken advantage of because we have been. We know there are programs out there somewhere. We know there’s a shelter that won’t turn people away. We are tired of the idea of entitlement and government programs that deepen the problem of work apathy and dependency on the “big brother” state. If we’re honest, sometimes we even allow ourselves to begin to categorize the attitude of all people in a “lower class” as all lazy and simply not taking advantage of opportunities that everyone has.
    If you would, simply consider this. Jesus could have used two words for “neighbor”. One means people that are generally around you. He chose the other word that means “those you are right next to.” That means, you love those in your area, however they get there. The person in the house next to yours, the stranger you pass on the street, the person who walks into your church building. You love them like I loved them. At one point Jesus few 5000 people and then at another 4000 more. Did he require a SS# or a proof a residency to feed them? When those folks figured out they weren’t getting another meal and instead were going to get “spiritual food” the vast majority of them left. Did that stop Jesus from loving them, from being their neighbor? No. And neither should it stop us.
    The original question “What must I do to be saved?” was answered like this. Love God and extend to those you encounter the kindness, attention, and resources they need. We do our best to do this in our church body through food pantries, rummage giveaways, benevolence, etc. but you are also called to it personally as a means of the validity of your faith. If the church chooses to do this, Christians will be taken advantage of frequently, robbed even at times, but we will be living in the heart and will of Christ. What better place for us to be? It’s there that we are truly His children, and it’s there where the people around us can experience His heart for them: a heart that took Him to the cross even for those who would never appreciate the gift. -Jeff
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