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Do you ever feel under attack? Have you ever felt as though the whole world was seeing you through a piece of stained glass? Over the last year, and in particular the last three months, I have felt this way. As you know, there has been a significant amount of disruption within our church partnership of late, and I harbor much of that responsibility. However, as a follower of Jesus Christ, I have vowed to not allow anything stand in the way of me answering the call that He has on my life. Furthermore, I am willing to stand in the fire for the sake of the mission when it is required. Part of this fire has been a storm of rumors and personal opinions swirling around and taking on a life of its own. There have been times during this season of uncertainty that I have felt defeated, there have been other times that I have felt deep sadness, and even times when I have been angry and completely frustrated. These are all natural emotions and at different points in our life and our faith journey we will all experience them. Today, I am writing to you with a new emotion, and that is excitement. A wise disciple of Christ once told me that anytime you are embarking on something great, you need to expect persecution. He went on to say that if you are being attacked, then rejoice because you know that you are headed in the right direction. Church, everything about this partnership is completely against human culture, and it is upsetting the system that has been created by sinfulness. Yet, it is exactly this counter-culture move that aligns our hearts with our God. Our willingness to stand strong together and face this battle together, brings me to joy and excitement. We are better together and we are One church united in the mission, the ministry, and the unending love of Jesus Christ. Let us rejoice in the resurrection and proclaim to the world Romans 8:31 “ What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?”

Peace and Grace,