A confession from your pastor

I have a confession to make… I read the headlines yesterday, paused for a moment to think “there’s another one…” and started to move on with my day; it wasn’t my child’s school nor one any of my family or friends are associated with. Then it hit me… 

I have to confess that I have grown too numb to the loss of human life in our world today. 

Since 2013 there have been almost 300 school/college related shootings according to everytownresearch.org (some accidental weapon discharges, others involving casualties). Our media covers mass shootings so sensationally with mixed intentions to report the news and maximize profits through viewership. We watch war waged around the world with massive casualties of both soldiers and civilians. Earthquakes, fires, tsunamis, tornadoes, hurricanes and other weather elements rip through communities leaving lives upturned and people devastated. Humanitarian support advertisements are everywhere to support all of the victims. We hear rumors of a human trafficking and think it doesn’t happen here… but it does. 

This isn’t a post about politics, gun safety, global warming, etc. It’s about our hearts.

Have we let our exposure to human tragedy in our world today cause our hearts to become callous? Do we recognize the pain in our world that only has one solution? Jesus. Do you read the profile of the Parkland FL school shooting suspect and pray harm on him or break for the pain in him that would grip his heart so strongly that he would take the lives of others?

As I’ve taken time to reflect on yesterday, I’ve realized that I have grown too familiar, too callous, too numb. 

My heart breaks for the victims and their families. My heart is broken because lives who may not have had relationship with their creator have expired. Some may distance themselves from God because of this. My heart breaks for the suspect because of the pain inside that drove him to this. 

2 Corinthians 1:3-4 All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.

Ezekiel 18:23 do you think I enjoy seeing evil people die?” asks the Sovereign LORD. “No, I would rather see them repent and live.

The mission of the church is so critical. Lives can be forever changed when they encounter the love and comfort of Christ.
-Pastor Mike


Making Small Talk Count

Have you ever traveled by plane, sat next to a stranger for several hours and found yourself at the end of the flight knowing nothing about the passenger sitting next to you?

Maybe you found out they were a salesman from Houston who was on a business trip for his company that was making him travel on his wife’s birthday. Maybe they were a father heading off to Disney for their annual family vacation and he had 2 twin girls who were sitting across the aisle already dressed as princesses. Sure we know a few details about why they were in the same place as you, but you found out nothing more than small talk. Read more…