A Word from Pastor Dave | Free to be Weak

Dear Saints and Sinners,

When you think of the 4th of July what comes to mind? 

 I see my first parade ever going down the streets of Underwood, Iowa. That little town of just a few hundred put on quite a show. Most Americans think of great pyrotechnics with giant exploding fireworks. There is nothing inherently wrong with any of the traditional celebrations. However, there are some other perspectives on how to focus the day which have been diluted or forgotten over the years.

Truth be told, the early colonial Christians saw the 4th of July as a day of simple prayer and meditation. It was a day to lift up humility and to remember that power comes not from human sources but rather from God. Second Corinthians 12:9 was a verse that described the initial spirit of Christianity, “Jesus said,  'My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.'”

“Power made perfect in weakness…” Have you ever experienced that?

  •  Have you ever been thrown into a new situation and found you were capable of doing much more than you ever conceived of? I am sure you have. That is power in weakness.
  •  Have you ever been in a bind that you did not think you could recover from, only to find that, somehow, you were given a fresh start? That is power in weakness.

On the cross, Jesus became vulnerable to the point of death. Through Jesus' death, God did not stop but kept going, and three days later Jesus rose again in the resurrection.

Our country has shown great strength over its 225 plus years of existence. Many of those times rose out of weakness, in response to the Great Depression, Pearl Harbor, the Assassinations of the 60’s, September 11th, face at this time.

Our God does not stop at weakness. The Lord of the empty tomb stops only at the resurrection. The resurrection is a power that comes up out of weakness to know that God will bring fresh hope and a new day. The power of God that comes up out of weakness is a love that cares more about the welfare of the other than the personal power that might be gained.

Ultimately the power that comes out of weakness is willing to reach out and offer a second chance when it seems more vulnerable than you want to be. For in that second chance Jesus offers the power of relationship in Jesus' name. Those colonial Christians who spent the 4th of July in quiet prayer remembering the ways of their God may have been on to an element of July 4th God desires to add back in.

See you on Sunday.

Still in one peace,

David j jensen

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