Recently I've not been watching the news as often as I once did.  It’s not really that I have chosen to do so intentionally, it’s just worked out that way.  Most of you probably have your routines of what you watch or listen to.  In recent news there have been some historical events, like a redefinition of marriage by the supreme court and the removal of the confederate flag from the South Carolina State House, and just today I saw where Cuba and the United States will again have embassies open in each other’s country after 50 plus years of not.  There’s more that I could include, but that’s just what came to mind.

When I talk to some of you it seems as though the weight of the news is almost too heavy to bear.  It can cause people to not sleep very well with all this news of global warming and failing economies, and let’s not forget an upcoming presidential election.  All of this news is for us to gain some knowledge and not be ignorant of the happenings around us, but it’s also a reminder that we have a different outlook and hope than the world has.  And let’s face it, the media giants who spin the news have their opinions and world views, and just reporting hasn’t happened in a long, long, long time.

As the beginning of the school year nears, we are reminded of what is beyond our control.  Time is ever clicking away and you have just grown a little older.  And with age comes experience and hopefully with experience comes understanding and with understanding comes wisdom.  We have 6 students beginning their senior year in high school and I know that for some of them the pressures of this time in life can overwhelm the pleasures of living life.  So I want to share with you a catechism or teaching that I’ve just begun to go through called new city catechisms.  52 questions that we as followers of the Way of Christ need to ask and answer ourselves.  The first question is this: “What is our only hope in life and death?”  How would you answer?  Pause and think on this, and ponder your response if this flashed before you on the evening news instead of in this newsletter.  How would you answer in that venue?  Here is the answer that I’m sure you already know - that we are not our own, but belong, body and soul, both in life and death, to God and to our Savior Jesus Christ.  "For none of us lives for ourselves alone, and none of us dies for ourselves alone.  If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord.  So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.”  Romans 14:7-8

I hope that we all can put life into the perspective God intended us to have and live life to the fullest.  God is good all the time!  And all the time, God is good!

In Christ’s Love,


Romans 12