Dear Lost,

In commenting upon a scene toward the end of Jesus' life and it's implications for our lives, Saint Augustine said we ought to learn something from Jesus' dealings with the thieves on the cross with him. According to Amos Wilder, Augustine’s comment gave the contemporary Irish playwright, Samuel Beckett, the idea for the play Waiting for Godot: “One of the thieves crucified beside Christ went to heaven ; do not despair. The other went to hell; do not presume."

Our salvation, our ultimate fate, is not in our hands, but in the hands of God. Thus, in a sense our salvation is assured only when we have assurance of the resourceful , seeking love of God in Christ.

Luke 15 is the pinochle chapter of scripture for anyone who has ever felt lost or distant from God. The scripture tells of the tenacious searching capacity of our God that will stop at nothing to find us!

This Sunday Rodney Jackson and I will share the sermon together. Rodney was a highly recruited athlete out of George Washington High School in the early 80’s. He went to Weber State in Ogden,Utah where he played linebacker on the football team. Upon returning home for his freshman summer the gangs who were migrating to Colorado from California found him. Rodney became the local recruiter for the gangs in the Denver metro area. In short, Rodney looks back at that as a time he was lost and not following the will of God for his life. However, “God wastes nothing” and today Rodney serves to see that the gangs are dismantled by the grace of God! His story is one of the prodigal son returning home to the merciful embrace of Jesus.

"Rodney Jackson was the man who brought the gangs to Denver and now he is the man God is using to rid Denver of gangs,” Mayor Michael Hancock.

I hope to see each of you this weekend, as we witness “God show up and show off!”

Still in one peace,

Pastor David J. Jensen

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