John Knox Presbyterian Church (USA) 452 Cummings Lane N PO Box 20968 Keizer, OR 97307 503-393-0404
Rev. Dr. John Neal, Pastor
We invite you to worship with us Sundays at 10:30 am.
Sunday School for children ages 4 through 8th grade is at 9:15 am during the school year, and adult education begins at 9:15 am.
We look forward to seeing you!
Our pastor, The Reverend Dr. John Neal.
The question for this month is: “How is a Christian to act when everyone around them seems to be acting like they have no values?” The News has been full of people accusing each other of all sorts of bad things, politicians yelling at each other, disasters around the earth, plus the local temperature has been hot, hot, hot. It’s one of those times where everywhere you go people are complaining. Is there any word from the Lord?
When I looked to see how Jesus handled it when everyone around him seemed to be losing it, I discovered in the Gospel of Mark where are told that when Jesus was healing and helping the most -- he was subject to massive criticism. It was a time of rejection by the religious authorities, and his own family thought he was out of his mind, and some even thought he was possessed by the Devil! (Mark 3:20-35)
Jesus must have been tempted to call it all quits and abandon them all or at least join the complainers. But instead we find Jesus explaining that what they were all accusing him of was impossible. And in answer to his family calling him to give it all up and come home---Jesus expanded the very meaning of family. His claim was that our real family is made up, not only of our biological family members, but of all those who seek to do God’s will.
When you are tempted to join the complainers and become a negative person who never has a good word to add, I hope you will stop and remember that YOU are the PEOPLE OF GOD. Yes, in times when the world seems to be falling apart around you, Jesus calls you to slow down and notice how you are actually relating to others. It’s not just a charge at the end of the worship service, it’s the reality we are about.
Looking forward to seeing you next Sunday, where you will be welcomed home as one of us.
To God be the glory
"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."