From the Pastor - January 8, 2017
January 8, 2017, 12:42 PM

Good Morning Friends!

This morning you are going to hear some potentially new information about a great piece of our Christmas story.  Think about it; the Bible you hold in your hands or have in the seat next to you is an amazing book.  It is thousands of years old and contains intricate information about many cultures, some of which no longer even exist.  It was written in a language different than our own.  There were cultural assumptions that were NEVER written down because they were considered such "common knowledge."  (Think about it, when was the last time you wrote down instructions on how to order a Big Mac? Or have a discussion about what to do when you come to red light?)

When the Bible tells us something like "God is Love" in 1 John 4:8, there is a simple straight-forward reading.  God is love.  The more we act in a loving way, the more we are being Godly.  There is a deeper reading that points out a connection between our loving and whether or not we even know God.  An application of that deeper reading forces us to ask a much bigger question.  Who do we love? How do we love?  How do we show love to thugs who kidnap and torture a mentally challenged young man?  Ok, that's a tough one. How do we show love to people who hold completely opposite political view points? How do we show love to a family member that hurt us?  How do we show love to a family member that we have hurt?

There is always another level to our reading, and there is always more that we can learn through this amazing book that God has given us.  I love being a pastor, and I love working with all of you here at Lake Union.  We have some exciting times of discovery ahead of us!

In God's Grip,
Pastor Mark


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