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Pastor Bob's eNews for - July 23, 2021

Dear FPC family and friends,                                                                                                             

             Tomorrow I head out into Prince William Sound and we will be spending a few days out there jumping on glaciers and fishing for halibut and king salmon.  That isn’t a sentence that I had predicted would be in my enews a few months ago.  At times ministry can be head spinning as you find yourself in situations that are so contradictory and so diametrically opposed that you feel like you have to come up for air. 

            I’ll never forget a day in my ministry when I went to visit a member of our church who had been stabbed repeatedly simply because he was riding the train back home after worship.  I guess he was guilty of riding while black.  That morning while I was in the hospital and able to spend time with him and get him connected to his family and the embassy in Ghana, I didn’t think twice of what my task was.  He was going to make it, but only by a miracle was he spared.  After I left the hospital I went to join another member of our church at the one and only posh country club in Moscow where we were in a golf tournament raising funds for the United Way.  I never imagined that these two completely different and seemingly contradictory events would take place in a single day.  That day was a very clear synopsis of my time in ministry in that season of my life.

            Life continues to be unpredictable, and yet God continues to be present in every season of our lives, whether we invite Him in or not.  Life is so much better lived inviting God to not only come into our lives but actually to take our lives and reshape them so that we become the followers and he becomes the catalyst and the director of our lives.  Jesus told his disciples that if they were to follow him they would become fishers of people.  Their lives would be transformed from ones of mundane routine to unpredictable following of the Savior.  For this we ought to aspire.  Our lives are transformed and changed when we follow Jesus.  We go from thinking our lives might have meaning to giving up any ownership we might have of our lives to Christ who then gives us meaning through Him. 

            As I am entering my second week of study leave and vacation I understand even more what it means to unclasp my fingers from around what I think I control in my life and from that which I have responsibility.  Once we unclasp our fingers then we are able to see Christ take control in a way that is eye opening and in a way that prevents our heads from spinning.  This is true even if one day we are jumping on glaciers which could then lead to finding ways to extend Christ’s hospitality to the neediest in Strasburg. 

Your servant in Christ,

Pastor Bob

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