This week Pathway Church celebrates the Protestant Reformation. In 1517 Martin Luther posted his concerns officially on the door of the All Saints’ Church in Wittenberg, Germany launching an enormous reformation in the church of Jesus Christ. In those days rulers and governments believed that people of their kingdoms needed to have the same faith, the faith of the ruler. The protestant reformation was both a reform movement in the church and a rebellion against government. It resulted in separation of church and state in which citizens could hold different faiths than rulers. In a few days United States citizens go to the polls. Many are Christians. Many are not. We live in a pluralistic land. May we bring reformation to government by bringing Christian principles to our voting. And may the principles of God’s kingdom be thoroughly applied to all area of governance; protection of country from foes without, protection of the vulnerable within, earth stewardship, marriage, etc. . . . . We are not voting to force all to be Christian, but we are voting to bring principles of justice and human worth to this land.
Starting next week, I will start a new series titled “Stop.” Does anyone else feel overcommitted, overburdened, overwhelmed? November is just around the corner, but is anyone’s calendar already booked through December? Is life becoming just this activity blur, rather than something savored, experienced, or remembered? For the month of November, we will hear from God not what we need to start doing, but what we need to stop doing. We're going to look at four habits that are toxic to our lives that we assume are often just the normal way to go. In the end they become a barrier to experience the life God has for us, the life God calls us to live.
November 6: "Stop . . . Hurrying"
November 13: "Stop . . . Hiding"
November 20: "Stop . . . Complaining"
November 27: "Stop . . . Comparing"?
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