Dear Friends in Christ -

posted Jul 14, 2015, 3:34 PM by Shannon Vietmeier
On Sunday, we read the craziest story about the beheading of John the Baptist (Mark 6:14-29). The story is wrought with gluttony, scandal, deceit, pride, revenge, murder, and unbelief. Just as in life, so also in death, John the Baptist pointed to the Messiah. His senseless death pointed to the one whose death would save us from our sins.
 
In the last decade, the message of the Gospel has been warped into a religiosity of "cheap grace." It gives away love and acceptance with no regard for repentance and transformation. John knew that the good news of Jesus Christ was important, so much so that he put his life on the line to point to the truth of Jesus' life, ministry, message, and especially his death and resurrection. 
 
It is my hope, that as a congregation, we will never short-change the Gospel. Instead, we need to be confronted by our shortcomings and be transformed by our faith in Jesus to live out The God-Fashioned Life to his glory and not our own. 
 
Dying and Rising with you - 
Pastor Culynn

To prepare for worship this Sunday
(July 19), you are invited to read:
     Jeremiah 23:1-6
     Ephesians 2:11-22
     Mark 6:30-44
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