Change can be good

Friends,
Before we leave June behind, we will have changed seasons. It will be warm, maybe even extremely hot, this summer. We will have the air conditioning on. We might even spend time outside. Then soon it will be fall, and then winter, then spring, and finally summer again. Seasons change.
But that is not all that changes. Oh, the worship that we have does not need to change. But we will hear ideas from around the world on what is best for us individually, for our town, our state, our country, and our world. Sometimes these ideas change us. Woe to us if we forget one item. Hebrews 13:7-16 has much to say about being aware of ideas that can turn our heads and our hearts from our faith. Everything may change in life. But Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever (Hebrews 13:8)!
We may need to rethink church. That is change that we may despise or fear. The United Methodist Church has to do to rethink what we are doing and whom we are serving. The May/June 2009 Interpreter magazine asks us: What if church was a verb, and not a noun? What if church was less about Sundays, and more about the other days of the week? Reverend Ken Sloan even asks his readers (page 15), “What if our church closed tomorrow, who would feel the impact?”
Yet to answer these questions, we are to be open to answer the question, what about our hearts, our doors, and our minds do we to open so that our community knows Jesus Christ?
I don’t believe that asking and answering these questions will hurt us. They may even stretch our faith. Jesus Christ does not change, but sometimes we need to in order to follow Him!

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