Pastor's Blog

Change or Die Posted 2.17.2017

Change.  The verb means to make or become different.  The noun describes the act or instance of making or becoming different.  Change is rough.  Not changing is fatal.


I hope we never become so satisfied with the status quo that we relax personally and corporately.  We need to become more like Jesus.  Translation:  there is a lot of change ahead.


The dark side of change is that it can be more painful than we will admit.  And it can hit at a season in which we are unprepared for it. Last fall we dug deep into what it takes to believe God fully.  Daring Faith was a challenge.  Daring Faith is a challenge.  We have some rather audacious goals to pursue in the coming months.  And I don’t know what to say, but I think God is shaking us up a bit to prepare us for the change required to meet those goals.


This week, Pastor Daniel resigned from his position on staff.  That is change for the Parkins family.  And that is change for the Peninsula family.  But I am convinced that though we will miss them terribly, this must fit into the plan of God for their lives and for ours.


With such change, we will, inevitably become different.  That’s the definition of change.  I am at the point where I want to embrace that difference, for I sense God leading us to deeper, more daring faith and new dimensions of ministry together.  On a separate track, we have been pursuing for a long while now, someone to step in to lead our ministry to children.  We are very close to making an announcement in that regard.  This is completely unrelated to Daniel’s decision, but there is progress on the children’s director front.  Exciting progress.  More change.


God is not going to let us settle into any hint of mediocrity this year.  He is orchestrating change.  It will make us all uncomfortable from time to time.  All of us.

Amid our dis-comfort, remember that we serve a God who never changes. Ever. Therein lies our security.  We have the same God this year that we had last year – and will have next year.  So, we can change, because He doesn’t.


To reach our Daring Faith goals requires change.  If it didn’t, we would have reached them already.  2017 could just be a season of change.  And 2018.  Bring it on! Embrace it.  Together.  And keep on praying.  Really pray for God’s leading through a year of transition.


Think back to Joshua, a leader of transition and change.  After 40 years in the wilderness, Israel camped on the border of the Promised Land. Moses is dead.  Joshua is now in charge.  That’s a huge change.  And what did God tell Joshua in those days of transition?  “Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9).


God is with us in every transition.  We must change or we will die.  Embrace the change, God is still with us.





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