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Looking Ahead



Dear family and friends of First Pres,

Last week we spent time reflecting on Jesus’ pointed question to Andrew and his colleague, “What is it that you are looking for?”  It’s a vital question for our spiritual life because how we answer that will determine the type of epiphany, or “Aha!” encounter we will have with God. My prayer is you spent some time this past week reflecting on what exactly you are looking for in your spiritual life.

This week, we return to Matthew’s gospel and will look at Matthew’s take on Jesus’ baptism and call of the first disciples.  Matthew 4:12-25 is the same but yet different from last week’s text in John 1:29-42. There are similarities but notable differences in the calling of the disciples. Whereas last week we began to reflect on what and how God is being displayed to us, this week’s scripture has us beginning to think about how we as members of the Church endeavor to be instruments of God’s epiphany to those around us.  It fully one thing to live the life and Story of being a disciple of Christ.  It’s entirely different to share that Story of Christ with others.  We will strive together in learning to answer the question, “God wants to use meas an epiphany for Jesus to others!?”

Sunday’s thoughts will be built around the sermon title, “Were you ever taught how to fish?” Please read ahead and try to figure out where I am going with this message!

You are a beloved child of God; never forget who you are! Go share the winsome news of Jesus Christ and be his hands and feet in a broken and hurting world! I am.

 

Your pastor and friend,

Patrick