“We do not want you in the zoo. Out you go! Out! Out with you.Why did they put me out this way? I should be in. I want to stay.Why should they put you in the zoo? What good are you? What can you do?” -Put Me In The Zoo
[The invitation to rest] does not mean that they are excused henceforth from hard work. On the contrary, to be a follower of Jesus is to enter a way of life that necessarily involves hard work. But there is nothing of the hopelessness about it that characterizes life for far too many of the world’s afflicted. —Leon Morris, Matthew
We know that embracing our unique Monday mission is difficult. So how do we prepare? Dallas Willard argues that to perform appropriately in those moments when we’re “on the spot,” we must be preparing while we’re “off the spot.” Preparation, he says, comes through regular engagement with the spiritual disciplines.
In prayer we intend to leave the world of anxieties and enter a world of wonder. We decide to leave an ego-centered world and enter a God-centered world. We will to leave a world of problems and enter a world of mystery. But it is not easy. We are used to anxieties, egos, and problems.; we are not used to wonder, God, and mystery. —Eugene Peterson, Answering God
If you need care for a loss, relationships, marriage, illness, or anything else, please reach out to a pastor. Any of our pastoral staff would be glad to meet with you, as well as connect you with other resources, including counseling.
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