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On Sermons and Snowstorms

by Jason Cook on January 19, 2022

Family!
 
I missed you all this past Sunday! Preaching to an empty room is always a challenge; but my heart missed seeing so many of your faces, hearing the laughter of your children, and being encouraged by you older saints who continue to show such kindness to your younger brother. I’m grateful to live in a time where
technology makes connecting easier, but there is just no substitute for an incarnated, en-fleshed fellowship with you saints.

I do hope that you spent some time enjoying the snow and a blessed break from the hustle.
This week on Cutting Room Floor, I want to give you a quote I didn’t have space to include two weeks ago and clarify some next steps...

Walking With Jesus
 
Several of you have commented how helpful the sermon on time was a few weeksback. I’m so grateful the Lord used it to encourage you as He has been dealing with me on how I steward my time for some...well...time now. I really liked this quote from Kosuke Koyama from his book Three Mile An Hour God but it didn’t quite fit into the sermonic content.

“God walks slowly because he is love. If he is not love he would have gone much faster. Love has its speed. It is an inner speed. It is a spiritual speed. It is a different kind of speed from the technological speed to which we are accustomed. It is ‘slow’ yet it is lord over all other speeds since it is the speed of love.”
-Kosuke Koyama
 
That image of God walking slowly has stuck in my mind. It reminds me of the pace of Jesus and how throughout the New Testament you never see Him running. He’s always walking. Speed matters. Pace matters. I hope you’ll take some time today to slow down and walk with God.

Christmas For The Body
 
Last Sunday, we talked about stewarding our gifts and talents for the Kingdom of God and the good of others. I must admit, it was a bit of a rushed sermon. We recorded on Friday morning; but I’m normally shaping/crafting until Saturday evening. Because of that I want to make a point of clarification and, also, a point of connection.

I didn’t connect the dots well between the talents (money) of the text and our talents (gifts). I apologize for the lack of clarity there. The interesting connection here is that we get our word for gifts/skills (talent) from this text and it’s ancient near eastern roots. In fact, we get our common usage straight from this parable.

Another example of God using his Word to influence how the world sees and explains the world!

Next Steps

For those of you looking to use your gifts and talents within the life of our church, I gave a few areas where you can serve. If you’d like to get connected with a serve area within the life of our church, please contact Joel Diaz our Connections Pastor

See you Sunday!

Pastor Jason

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