Be Light

We are living in such a dark world. We can all use some light.

"The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it." John 1:5

My wife and I were very close to moving away from Middletown years ago. We heard enough things about the school system and the possibility of problems within it to really make an effort to live elsewhere. From what we gathered, some of the kids inside these schools were a little "rough" and we were concerned for the safety of our very young children at the time. But then it hit us. How are we solving the problem? We can go to any school in our country and deal with issues of some kind! No school is immune to problems. As Christians, we also thought how is this representing Who we follow? Would Jesus flee? Would Jesus avoid the possibility of a problem or would he try to be a part of fixing the problem? 

This happens everywhere. People leave when things no longer are to their liking. From the school systems, jobs, to even church world. I get it. I really do. But I wonder if some of us are leaving early. I wonder if God wanted us to stick it out a bit more. "Who knows if perhaps you were made queen for just such a time as this?" Esther 4:14 Maybe instead of allowing the atmosphere to darken we become the light it needed at just the right time. 

"Learn to light a candle in the darkest moments of someone's life. Be the light that helps others see; it is what gives life it's deepest significance." Roy T.Bennett

 

 

 

I've Been Meaning To Call Them

This has been a crazy season for a lot of people. So many have lost loved ones. Broken hearts. Many questions of "why?" 

Some of the lost loved ones happened to be only in their 40's....much too young to die. It had my children wondering if our time (my wife and I) was near. I had to assure them that this (dying in your 40's ) is not normal. 

One of my best friends lost his wife at the age of 43 last week. In my many conversations with those who knew her I would often hear, "Oh, I was meaning to reach out to her." It's understandable because we all do it. Our intentions are usually pretty good. We just always seem to feel as though there will be plenty of time to reach out. Clearly, this is not always the case. 

After every funeral we tend to leave with this intentionality to be a better friend or a better family member. We see the clarity of the brevity of life so we know that we have to be different. But then, a few weeks go by and life goes on. We fall back into our busy lives and our same normal patterns. Then another death comes with a new intentionality to be better. Repeat. Repeat. What's the definition of insanity again?

I want to be different. I know most of you do as well. I want to go beyond the call. I want to be the person who shows up. The one who gets it. The one who loves like Christ taught us to love. Like this.

Nobody knows what tomorrow brings but you are ridiculously in control of today. You have the power to reach out to loved ones. You have the power to love differently. It can start right after reading this. Reach out to someone today!

It's 5 o'clock Somewhere!

I know many people that cannot go to church on Sunday mornings. I also know a lot of people that don't want to go to church at all! This blog is really for those who cannot. For those who don't want, I hope that some day you will try it out. One hour, one day a week. Live music, a message that you can relate to, and great people to spend the time with. Oh, and COFFEE! Free coffee and snacks. 

 It had come to our attention at Fellowship Church that:

  • 25% of people are shift workers, Many work on weekends (healthcare, hospitality and first responders, etc.)
  • Sundays are the only day many people can "sleep in". 
  • Sunday mornings have become more common for children sports and activities to be scheduled on.           

Everything seems to be taking us away from what was once the norm - church on Sundays. We knew that we had to do something about this.

Our biggest wish is to introduce this community to the hope of Jesus Christ. We know that if we can give people a new option, we can get some people who could really use this hope an opportunity. So we added a 3rd service at 5PM on Sundays back in October.  We've noticed a lot of newer people and it actually felt like a new church! 

As a church, in order to reach people we've never reached, we need to do things we've never done. We are so excited about this 5PM service. This is a GREAT opportunity to invite those that haven't been able to go because those AM commitments. In fact,it's also a great opportunity to invite those who don't want to go to church! Let them know it's different here! 

See you at 5PM!