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"Come here and listen to the words of the Lord your God. This is how you will know that the living God is among you… See, the Ark of the Covenant of the Lord of all the earth will go into the Jordan ahead of you." - Joshua 3: 9-10a,11 (NIV)

What has God in store for us at First Presbyterian? Only God knows! But we trust that the Spirit is moving to help us answer Jesus’s call upon us. Have you stopped recently and asked this question. Some of you no doubt look around and see decline or issues—we don’t have enough donors or we don’t have enough kids. Just look at the furnace fundraising and you will know that the donors part is not true. Look at VBS or the Easter Egg hunt or the past years’ mission trips or the 4 young people that just were confirmed and you will know that the kids’ part isn’t true. But why don’t we just have a thriving church again you ask? The great moments in the past, the leading of God, the gifts that fell from heaven seem so long ago. We are undone you might say. We fail to see God at work today because we think we know what that looks like and we think we know how God should be acting. BUT IT IS GOD’S ACTING AND NOT OUR OWN to which we need to be alert, (see F-1.01 in the Book of Order or 1 Corinthians 1: 7-8). God is active and moving in our congregation  today. It’s time we got on board and started to rejoice and build instead of grumble and die. But this tendency to see things in dismal terms especially in the midst of change is basic human stuff! It is what the Israelites thought with Joshua. They had already romanticized the “good old days” with Moses, forgetting the grumbling and the hard fought path, the fact that they themselves didn’t want to follow Moses.

This month I will defer in my role as pastor to those who stand for confirmation and full membership in our congregation. Read these statements of faith and then I have an assignment for you since the Book of Order says we should all with integrity examine our own faith—write your own statement of faith and if you are bold enough, share it.

I pray that the eyes of your hearts may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which God has called you, the riches of God’s glorious inheritance in the saints, and God’s incomprehensible power for us who believe. That power is like the working of God’s mighty strength which God exerted in Christ when God raised Jesus from the dead and seated Him at the right hand of the throne… — Ephesians 1: 18-20a

He is Risen! Alleluia! Happy Easter! Easter is not one day, but a celebration of the 40 days that the Risen Lord was on the earth (Acts 1:3) before his ascension into the clouds. How will you shine and witness to the truth in your life that in the resurrection Christ has remade you in the Spirit, kindled real hope in your heart, and claimed you as His own son or daughter? Paul wanted the church to know this truth. How do you make sense of Paul’s words above? He claims three specific promises or outcomes of the resurrection in a Christian’s life.

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