Published January 03, 2019

The government has shut down.

Image result for government shutdownI’m guessing that you have heard. I hope that you are not adversely affected, but I’m certain there are some struggling through this. I doubt that it will last too long, but the days have stretched on. Wherever you fall on the political spectrum of this shut down decision, my guess is that you don’t think it is ideal. Our national government - in many ways the model for much of the world - has closed for gridlock.

In the aftermath of the shutdown, much of our government operations continue. But, they continue without direction, funding, resources, or connection to the mission of the U.S. as a whole. They are separate and isolated. Without cohesion, they lack the vigor necessary to meet the challenges of our day. May agreement and civility re-open the U.S. government soon!

As we begin 2019 together as a church family, South Side embarks on its 75th year. After such a wonderful history of making disciples, my biggest fear is that we could mirror our government and splinter into divisions, hostilities and a shut down. Our enemy would love nothing more than for us to separate and isolate and lose the overall mission of our Savior.

So as we start this year together, I am calling for a re-animation of South Side. Over the next few weeks, we will explore what it means to be a church passionately structured around the way of Jesus. We will unify under the order to “not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind (Romans 12:2).” We will re-discover how to grow and find peace in our turbulent world. In short, we will open ourselves up to God. Again.

Today, we stand as a church open and ready for the mission of Jesus. Will you put your full energy into that? Will we do that together?

May God bless you and our church family in 2019!

Lead Pastor

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Brooks is a father of three boys, husband to one wife, and lover of many books. Aside from reading and writing you may also find him coaching, watching, or playing sports.
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