Where Do We Go From Here?

From the outset, understand that I don’t have a thoughtful answer to what I’m asking.  I’m working through it.

What are we going to do as Christian Churches, after the storm passes?  Can James 1:2,3 apply to the church, as well as our personal lives?  Does Romans 8:28 tell the church that God is working through the current crisis for our good as individuals and for the church at large?

There will come a time when we begin to get back to normal.  Will we may look back and say, “We’re glad that’s over with.  Let’s pick up where we left off”.  Assuming that God uses circumstances to teach us, admonish us and grow us, why then would continue like this was an anomaly?  Change is part of the Christian life.  We never want to become complacent with our personal growth as believers nor with the scope of church ministry.

Personally, I don’t think what we need to do is to “tweak” what we are already doing.  Nor do I think we should be using more technology to bring folks together, necessarily.  Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against technology.  After all, I’m, using it right now.  The time has come to look at how we do major parts of ministry, in my humble and unsolicited opinion.  I’m not referring to things that we are compelled to do as listed in Acts 2:46,47 and other places, but how we put those deeds into action.  Could God be whispering, or maybe shouting to us that it’s time for some serious overhaul?

Where do we go from here?  Maybe the same-old, same-old is good enough.  Maybe it really is time to take a long, hard look at the way we do things and the reason why we do them.  Either way, I hope the answer to that question means a serious searching of the Scriptures and prayer to seek how we can be obedient to what God expects of us, then to act decisively.

 

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Rick Gile

Rick Gile

Life is made up of stories. You may not realize it, but we relay our experiences to one another all the time. They can give our loved ones a sense of the past, our friends a glimpse of how we have reacted to life's changes. Or, tell a new acquaintance something about ourselves. Stories are really about the journey of life.

What you encounter as life passes are views of events that make up your past, while shaping your future. What you read here are merely a few of the stories that have shaped my life, so far.

Rick and his wife Olga live in upstate New York, close to their grandchildren. They work part-time with their sons after running a business for 37 years in the Albany area.

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