A Word from Pastor Dave | Free to Follow Jesus

Dear Saints and Sinners,

As a child I loved summers. Summer was the time I was most free to explore and create with my imagination. With nothing but a few sticks, a little costume clothing and a story in my mind, I could go anywhere in the universe and never leave my backyard. I was often the hero defeating impossible odds and saving civilization from countless evil foes, so that you could enjoy the world you know today.

Matthew 5:1-12 are called the Beatitudes. They are teachings of Jesus that tell of the power of God to bring reversals of fortune upon the world. Jesus is clear that in his spiritual imagination many things are not to stay as they appear. Jesus is saying take note of the world as you see it, but prepare for things to be turned upside down. In the world Jesus alludes to, "…the people who get the greatest blessings are the poor….the mourning…the meek…the hungry…the merciful…peacemakers and the persecuted…"  To see blessing coming to those Jesus references, you have to be free to follow Jesus, free to imagine and see with Jesus' eyes.

Do you have such freedom? 

Did you feel free to dream big dreams for God at one time but that seems lost, and long ago?

When I feel like my freedom to dream is being lost, I do not often times anymore go into the backyard with a stick and costume. However, I do read the quotes of people like Walt Disney.

“If you can dream it, you can do it. Always remember that this whole thing (Disneyland) was started with by a mouse.” 


“Too many people grow up.  That is the real trouble with the world, too many grownups. They don’t remember what it is like to be 12 years old. They patronize, they treat children as inferiors. Well I won’t do that.”

Twelve of our Junior High students are currently in Lander, Wyoming with Vikki Luce and two other adult sponsors serving on a Native American reservation. My prayer is that our missionaries might be able to do some good through their service there. Most of all, I hope and ask God to nurture during this time apart a capacity within each of them to see the world anew.  I pray that they come back with renewed freedom to follow Jesus, to be partners in creation with the God who can make all things new.

Keep our missionaries in your prayers, and come with open hearts this Sunday to hear testimony of the wonderful works of the risen Jesus in the world.

Still in one peace,

David J Jensen

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