Regarding Las Vegas

 In Pastor Messages

What a devastating night last night in Las Vegas. Just when you think your heart can’t break anymore and things can’t get worse, they do.  What happened last night is now considered the largest mass shooting in United States history.

I imagine you’re wondering how to respond. I am.

You can pray. You can give. You can serve. And you and I will.

But I just want you to know that the work you’re doing day in and day out in the church (as staff or as a volunteer) is perhaps more important than it’s ever been.

When all that’s left is hate, the Gospel moves us to love. That’s why the local church is so important.

This is the time to be the church, because what Christians have to offer is a radically different ethic and alternative to hatred and violence. The Gospel is a needed ethic in our culture, and it’s being lost in the noise.

You can debate parts of the scripture all you want, but one thing that is undeniable is that Jesus said his followers would be known by their love.

This, more than anything, is what Christians need to be known for.

Families need this love. Victims need this love. Perpetrators need this love. Children need this love.

The Gospel moves us to love when all that is left is hate.

Our culture needs the love found in Jesus more than ever. What we do each Sunday matters more than you realize.

As the Gospel spreads from person to person, life to life, community to community, nation to nation, we are transformed.

I’m going to keep preaching the love of Christ like we are changing the world…because we are.

Let’s rally together – not just for a single Sunday – but let’s renew our effort to unite and bring more faith, hope, and love to our communities than ever before.  We must do this daily – but it’s incredibly felt when we do it in a united effort as we gather each weekend as we let the world know the hope we have in Jesus.

Light always shines the brightest in the darkness – so let’s shine now more than ever.

Praying with you and for you,

Pastor Brian

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