A Glimmer of Hope Can Change Everything
A Glimmer of Hope Can Change Everything

A Glimmer of Hope Can Change Everything

A Glimmer of Hope Can Change Everything

In college I took a class on the history of religion in America. For one of the assignments the professor had us analyze the spiritual elements in the movie Pale Rider featuring Clint Eastwood. The movie is about a wealthy landowner in the gold-rush era west who tries to squeeze out small-time settlers to gain access to their claims. Clint shows up to save the day, but not in his normal way.

There’s a point when the wealthy landowner questions his henchmen about why they haven’t yet run off the simple people causing him problems down in Carbon Canyon. The thugs reveal that the person giving them problems, Clint Eastwood, is actually a preacher. The boss turns on them in an instant, eyes full or rage:

“You let a preacher into Carbon Canyon? When I left for Sacramento, those tin pans had all but given up. Their spirit was nearly broken. And a man without spirit is whipped. But a preacher, he could give them faith. One ounce of faith, they’ll be dug in deeper than ticks on a hound.”

Active Faith

Sunday I presented the church budget for the upcoming year along with the new Elders. Both will be voted on at our September 27th business meeting. At the heart of our plans and our Elder leadership is a deep burden to be more engaged with missions. Some of Christ’s final words were to “Go and make disciples” (Matthew 28:18-20) Our call is to have an active faith, to take the Gospel to people all over our community and all over the world.

Like the community in Carbon Canyon, we know the Gospel brings hope in the midst of dark times. People are desperate for hope and faith in our troubled days. But unlike those “tin pans” in Carbon Canyon, we know that a preacher isn’t the source of hope, rather, our true hope is found in the person of Jesus Christ. He is the one who created all things and “holds all things together” (Colossians 1:17).

I believe God has an exciting, outward focused season ahead of us. We’ve opened Peercy Hall, we’re relaunching Wednesday meals on October 11th, and we’re giving a heightened emphasis to missions for the coming year. Be praying for our efforts to take the hope of Jesus Christ to a hurting world, to Valley Station, PRP and all of Southwest Louisville!

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