On the way to Sunday morning …

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In this new year in my quest to be different, I want to try something new.  Each week I will try to share with you some thoughts (notes as it were) that correspond to the message that is being developed for Sunday morning.  In general these blogs come under the heading “On the way to Sunday”.

The creator of Calvin and Hobbes, Bill Watterson, is quoted as saying,
“You know what is weird? Day by day nothing seems to change, but pretty soon everything is different”

That is the funny thing about change.  We all resist it, but it always comes to us. When we will learn to embrace change as a comforting friend? When we will see different as what God wants for our lives?

Churches struggle with change. Change anything (pastor, music, bulletin, time, carpet color, etc) and people will leave. Studies have shown that people equate the consistency of church with God. Change something at church and it is as if you have changed the essence of God. That is our problem because God was always bigger than whatever we changed. God has always been surprising us with new ways of thinking about God (just read the Bible).

Perhaps if we took God out of the box we put God in more often, we would discover how BIG God really is in our lives.

God seems to be constantly asking us, “What if . . . ?”

The question is different for each of us, but the question always causes us to rethink our positions.

What if being like everyone else, what if being ‘normal’ wasn’t what our lives were to be like?

Go in through the narrow gate. The gate that leads to destruction is broad and the road wide, so many people enter through it. But the gate that leads to life is narrow and the road difficult, so few people find it. Matthew 7:13-14 CEB

What if walking this different path made you different from everyone else?

Could we embrace this?

See you Sunday morning . . .

Author:

I am a United Methodist Pastor and have the privilege of serving as the Senior Pastor for the church of my childhood. I preach in a place I once was an acolyte. I love to preach, but more importantly I love to teach. I firmly believe that Faith Matters and should affect how we live. This blog is a place where I come to share the randomness that is life and faith ... and the intersection of the two.

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