In Touch – October 25, 2013
Posted on October 25, 2013 by under Touché,

Re: Life Has Gotten Simple

When your life brushes against death it tends to clarify things.  I don’t want to lose that clarity as I come back to Hopewell.  I am again sitting at my desk on a Friday morning writing my weekly “In Touch”, trying to understand what my new normal will be.  I will be commuting back and forth to Michigan as Andrew continues his recovery, that much is clear, but the depth of changes that have taken place in me will all have to be sorted out.

I do return with a clarity about the Gospel and a recall to evangelism that I believe will drive everything that I do for the rest of my life.  I have seen suffering from the Gospel side and I know that I want to recommit the rest of my life to sharing that Gospel gift to all who will receive it.  Life has gotten simple.

On Sunday I will preach on Romans 12:12.  The Kingdom Living title is “Hospitality”, but the focus of the message will be the simple Gospel that is proclaimed in verse 12: Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering and pray constantly.  Mark Mast picked out the texts as he planned the series, and the texts were picked without knowing what Sundays I would be here.  Romans 12:12 is Andrew’s verse in this journey (along with his Psalm 91).  It is God’s good providence that I would be preaching my first sermon on this verse as I get back to this new normal.  It is the verse inscribed on the wristbands that The Pull team produced for Andrew.  (I will have a few to hand out on Sunday.)

In that one verse I believe we have a reflection of the simplicity of the Gospel that gives us joy in hope, strength in suffering and relationship with prayer.  I don’t know how you do life deeply if that is not the foundation; to me it has become that simple.

Yours in Christ,