From The Pastor
This week I had a conversation with someone who said, “it is a tough time to be a Christian right now.” In many ways, he is absolutely right. We are still tempted by the same things, but those temptations are more available, more aggressive, and more pervasive now more than ever. The changes in our culture have created more difficult conversations as we seek to apply Biblical truth. Each generation brings new perspectives and new challenges with which the church must find ways to engage and this generation is no exception.
However, it is also a great time to be a Christian. For the record, it is always a great time to be a follower of Christ. The Scripture still speaks clearly and with authority to every question. The gospel is still the gospel and it is still the power of God unto salvation. Even as our culture grows darker and more hostile to our faith, there are exciting new opportunities opening up to us. There are new and exciting movements rising up where the Kingdom of God is advancing in power. Creative minds are finding new and exciting ways to get the ancient and unchanging message of the gospel out. Courageous young men and women are rising up to take their place in the Kingdom enterprise. They are fearless, clear-eyed, and unintimidated by the giants in the land. More mature, seasoned believers are opening their hearts to new chapters and new possibilities for serving the Savior. And the vast lostness of the world becomes a black velvet backdrop against which the diamonds of God’s grace shine even more brightly.
And our reality is unchanged. Christ in us is still “the hope of glory.” We are empowered by the Holy Spirit who lives in us. As he gave the Ephesians believers instructions about how to live out their faith in practical ways, Paul said this: “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might.” No matter how difficult it gets for us who choose to follow Christ, we can always trust “the strength of His might.” It is a great time to be a follower of Christ.
This summer, there will be a group of awesome college students from the Well Church immersed in our ministries. Please pray for them and encourage them as you have the opportunity. They have chosen to spend their summer immersed in our ministries here (in June) and in Seattle with Stuart and Lisa (in July). It will be a summer of intense discipleship and leadership development for them.
Be sure to pray for VBS on the 7-Points campus June 12-16, VBS at Broadway June 26-30, and for the mission of our Uganda team June 22-July 2. On Sunday mornings, we will begin a brand new summer series from Ephesians 6 on the Armor of God. Make your plans to be a part of and to pray for all that God is going to do through the Highland family this summer.
Bro. John Brock