NEWS & NOTES
Last week, The Painted Door hosted a garage sale to benefit Reborn Ministries in Garfield Park. I'm happy to report that we raised about $3,500! And even more importantly, we took a big step forward in establishing an ongoing relationship between our church and Reborn.
This week, Pastor Confesor will be preaching on the fears and awkwardness that often come when we seek to build such relationship across ethnic or cultural dividing walls. He will call us to remember who we are in Christ, and so face those fears and awkwardness in the assurance of being hidden in him.
This is of vital importance to us. Our church has an opportunity to be a conduit for bringing people together through the power of God's love. We are not Christians merely to savor that love for ourselves, but also to offer it to our neighbors. That requires getting into situations that are uncomfortable, situations where we don't know what to say or how to act.
But it is those very places where the love of God and the life of Christ manifest most. God lives in such discomfort. His love can do no other but to move toward people who are at odds with him. By faith, that's now our love. By faith, that's now our way of living.
Many Christians, at some point in their spiritual life, find themselves drained of zeal and full of apathy. We wonder why the love and mercy of God that once thrilled us now feels distant and hard to receive. One reason this happens is due to living the Christian life as though it were meant to be safe, as though it were a call to hide from the big bad world, rather than to love and pursue it.
Jesus left heaven to come meet sinners. He left his hometown to walk into foreign lands. He left the comfort of known people to reach out to unknown people. He left the safety of friends and family to love his enemies. This is the life of Christ. And it is our life to live in.
- Pastor Mark
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THIS COMING SUNDAY:
DIVIDING WALLS: RACIAL DIVISION (part 2)
Pastor Confesor Martinez
Imprisoned, his life in peril, John the Baptizer sends his disciples to ask Jesus a question: “Are you the one who is to come, or shall we look for another?” What was once certain to John is now clouded with doubt and fear. He needs a word, a reminder of who Jesus is and what he has done. And perhaps especially, what Jesus has done for John. It is only when we remember who Jesus is and what he has done for us that we can face the doubts and fears that our world provokes in us. We must remember that we are not of this world, that we live hidden in Jesus. Only then can we push forward into the most terrifying places. Only then can we face our fears and stand awkwardly with nothing in our hands but love.