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Pastor's Ponderings July 10, 2017

Pastor's Ponderings- July 10, 2017

This past Sunday, we presented the first of the five Strategic Priorities identified by the Vision Team. Each week we are taking a few moments at the announcement time to present one of these Strategic Priorities, invite your input and ask for your prayers in the planning process. We are working on creating a concise and practical guide that will direct our program and direction over the next two to three years. To see a report of the work done by the Vision Team so far, or to see all 5 Strategic Priorities and offer your comments, visit the church website or click here:  http://calvaryumc.org/resources/articles/vision-planning/

 

See you in church,

 

Pastor Steve Larsen

Pastor's Ponderings - June 26, 2017

Pastor Ponderings  -June 26

Pathway to Discipleship- Sharing faith with Others

The fifth pathway of Christian discipleship is sharing faith with others.  We learn best when we begin to share with other people. When I learned how to bake an apple pie, I wasn’t really a baker until I’d shared the pie with others. When I was first learning to play the guitar, I was only entertaining myself and the dog (sometimes) until I took the step to play the guitar for others to hear. Faith in Jesus Christ comes alive when we share it with others.

 Now you and I don’t’ have to be Billy Graham to share our faith with others. We each have ways that we can tell others something about what God is doing. When you find a new restaurant that you enjoy or discover a show on television that you love, you naturally want to tell others. When we experience the good news of God’s love and grace in our lives, we will naturally want to pass that on to others. There are various ways that each of us can learn to make that sharing more natural and easy to do. Sometimes we in the church make this more difficult than it really needs to be.

 Actually, there are some great resources that we will be using at Calvary Church that will help us all learn to be good and sharing faith with others. One of the best ways to get started is simply to start praying for someone you know that may need more of God’s love and joy and peace in their lives and then, when it feels right, ask God to give you an opportunity to let that person know you are praying for him or her. This all by itself can be a wonderful way to share.

 Questions to consider:

  1. Who do you know that you can be praying for the next few days or weeks?
  2. Are there some natural places that you might say something about your faith to others you know?

 To see something about the other four Discipleship Pathways, click here.

 See you in Church!

-Pastor Steve

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