The Fast We Have Chosen

Suddenly a sound from heaven like the howling of a fierce wind filled the entire house…                                       (Acts 2:2 CEB)

A flame alighted upon and within each of them. The fire to be God’s love in the world could not be quenched.

Filled with the Holy Spirit, each with gifts unique and needed, the journey began.

But it was hard to “Go and do likewise.”                              (Luke 10:37 CEB)

The journey of being church in our fragmented world is messy. It is hard to be disciples of Jesus. 

It’s not always easy to open our hearts and doors to those unlike us. 

The simple act of sharing food and possessions “as any has need” can be uncomfortable.                           (Acts 2:45)

Our fragmented, continuously changing world coupled with the transforming church can be disorienting and confusing.

But in the midst of new dimensions, God remains.

And we trust in our God. This is the fast we have chosen.                         
(Isaiah 58:6)

Jesus is our teacher and healer. Praise be to Christ!

Praise be to Christ! 

Tim strives to share God’s extravagant love for all–no matter what & without strings. Seeking to follow the lure of the Spirit, Tim writes about what it means to be a follower of Jesus in an era where Christianity has come to be associated with hatred and political wedge issues. “Heinous things have been said & done (& still are) in the name of the One who breathed in the Divine,” notes Tim, “but Jesus shows us that God loves extravagantly.” Following the teachings and life of Jesus is about inclusion not exclusion. It is about compassion, grace, and admitting no one has all the answers. It is about responding lovingly to the best of our human ability. It is about people not institutions. It is about social justice. It is about caring for creation. It is about being who we were each created to be. Tim is a former early childhood educator, a runner, a hiker, a devoted husband, father of two adult children and their spouses, and a grandfather of four perfect grandchildren. Tim serves as Senior Pastor of the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Albany, Oregon. He writes from home, from the coffee shop, and wherever the trail leads him.

Posted in Acts, Acts 2, Acts 2:1-4, Acts 2:42-44, 47a, Call to Worship, Isaiah, Isaiah 58, Isaiah 58:6, Luke, Luke 10, Luke 10, Luke 10:37, New Testament, Old Testament

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