Dear Mountain Climbers,

Early in my ministry an elderly person in my first church told me this story.

An older woman heard that their new preacher was controversial at his prior church. Many in the church were fearful that he might be a divisive, discomforting new pastor for them. So the older woman went to the service, on the pastor's first Sunday in the pulpit, a bit anxious over what he might say.

After the service the older woman greeted the new pastor at the door with the words, “Mr. Pastor, ahh, I heard that you were somewhat of a troublemaker, a radical even. But I listened carefully to your sermon and I am happy to say that I didn’t hear you say anything that would make anyone the least bit uncomfortable. You were wonderful! You didn’t say a thing!” 

Matthew 17:5, “This is my Son, marked by my love, focus of my delight. Listen to him.” Jesus goes up on a mountain top to be with his core leadership team, Peter, James and John. In the mystery of the moment the Old Testament heroes Elijah and Moses join them. Jesus was transfigured before them.  It was a spectacular moment that any preacher would be proud to share with his or her congregation. However, from that mountaintop moment on, Jesus taught them through word and deed that he must go to the cross. It was tough news for the disciples' ears. Within the ranks of the Lord's leadership team, there were disputes over ‘what was the right thing to do, there had to be a way to accomplish the mission, without saying and doing offending things’.

The plan from the middle of Matthew, Mark, and Luke’s gospels has Jesus being transfigured and then heading out to Jerusalem to hang on a cross, so that he might rise again. It is the grand scheme of God that transforms our lives yet today, and forever.

A couple of things to keep in mind.

  • The GGCC Congregational Gathering Celebrating her 13th year of mission is this Sunday morning following the 10:30 service.
  • Peter and Brendan Mayer are returning to do a house concert for those who contributed to the fundraiser for Confluence Ministries last October. *But, if you are willing to give a financial contribution to the GGCC Ready To Bless fund or to Confluence, you are welcome to attend. 3:00 pm, March 5th at Amy and my home: 5510 Sawdust Loop, Parker, Colorado 80134*…we want to see EVERYONE AT THIS EVENT!

Still in One Peace,

Pastor David J. Jensen

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