• Pastor Mark Hisle

From the Pastor's Desk

Christians find themselves in a whole new world that is vastly different than the one in which many grew up. America is losing much of the general religious ethos that was our cultural norm for hundreds of years. The culture is becoming increasingly polarized as the world around us becomes more comfortable admitting that the secularization, which had been an undercurrent, is now mainstream. The question we come to is this: How should Christians relate to this new world where they have lost a home-field advantage and are increasingly marginalized in popular culture?

Daniel faced this challenge just as we do. A Captive in a pagan land, Daniel resolved to faithfully follow God while also serving in a nation that hated his God. Can we do the same? Like the Jews in Babylon, we must learn to engage our culture without being spiritually destroyed by it. On Wednesday Nights in the Sanctuary we are studying "The Church in Babylon." Come check it out! Relentless Youth and Kids' Discipleship meet as well in their respective areas.

How do we love, lead, and serve with Christ's heart and mind in today's Babylon? How do we stay true to our Christian witness? How do we respond to transgenderism and Muslim immigration with biblical truth and compassion?

We are moral and spiritual exiles in a culture growing increasingly hostile toward Christianity. But God is faithful. Let us move forward in hope, remembering that is in times of darkness that God's light shines most clearly.

Pastors Mark and Jennifer

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