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Pastor’s Note: Faith Like a Child


Have you ever considered the ways in which the ever-present faithfulness of our Heavenly Father sneaks up on us and reveals itself?  During a particularly challenging parenting day, while on our Fall Break vacation (thank you, father and mother-in law), my oldest son and I were sitting near the beach when he looked over at me and said, “Dad, did you know that God’s thoughts about me are more than every single grain of sand on every seashore in the world, COMBINED?!!!”  A silent time with my son, staring at the ocean and admiring God’s creation, became a teachable moment for me as Charlie was driven by the simple beauty of our Father’s handiwork to reflect His great love for us.

It is in rare times like these that I remember that my primary relationship to my sons is that of older, more mature believer to younger, less mature believers.  As Emily and I gingerly step through the realities of parenting, Proverbs 22:6 (“Train up a child in the way he should go…”)  often looks more like us imparting legalistic specifics to our children rather than helping them to see the grand picture of the Father’s love for his people, creating all things, holding them together, and reconciling them to Himself through the person and work of His Son.  This latter reality transcends parenting and family relationships.  All of God’s people are called to commend his kingdom, his lovingkindness, his patience, his mercy, his grace, one generation to another, older to younger, younger to older, declaring the great and eternal thoughts of God and his love for his people.

As the reality of sin rages in our world, manifested by mass shootings, wars, natural disasters—death—I am compelled more and more as a husband, father, pastor, counselor, and friend, to address the specifics of life through the lens of the goodness and love of God.  I have yet to find the person whom I have to teach to distrust God.  We shake our fists at his providence.  We cry at his sovereign will.  We turn our backs on his specific direction.  We lose our trust in him.  As we live in and through these moments, rightfully experiencing the range of thoughts and emotions given to us as image bearers, we begin to understand how backward a thought it is that we would establish, maintain, or eternally culminate the relationship we have with our Father.  It is not about our trust; it is about his love.

As my sons (and potentially daughter in March) grow, I want them as covenant children to remember God’s love for them and all of his people.  The short and precious time that we have with them in our home should be marked by our constant desire for them to know a personal God who desires relationship with them and for them to have relationships with others, marked by his love.  As the more mature believers around them, I want to force them to consider the great reality of God’s love for us, that he would call us sons and daughters.  And, when the times of anxiety come, I want them to remember first the Kingdom that their Father has established, ruled by King Jesus, God’s righteousness.

As believers, beloved ones of our Heavenly Father in Christ Jesus, God does not wish for us to seek to live in the wages of sin, which is death, the eternal separation from Him. This world forces us to live with the heartbreak of sin, not in it.  Our flesh desires to push against our Father, and toward separation, but we are no longer slaves to sin and we do not have to live in it.  The evil one wants nothing more than to do everything in his great power to drag us from the grip of our savior, but it cannot be done.  Sitting with Charlie this all seems so simple.  May the grace of our Father see to it that we all have this childlike faith.