From the Pastor’s Pen – April 2018

Greetings in the Risen Christ! During the past weeks of the Lenten Season, our thoughts have been directed and focused on a diversity of happenings in the life of our Savior and those early believers. And now we’ve reached not the end, but rather a significant, pivotal point in the journey of our Lord . . . and ideally our own journeys in becoming the followers we’re individually – and as a Church Family – called to be! Just as our Savior’s journey culminated in His great victory over death and sin, this is exactly the same journey we’re called to take each and every day of our lives! As Christians – as true and committed followers – we can no longer walk or act in ways common to our lives before our decisive time of commitment to God’s calling on our lives, for just as Christ rose from the grave, as committed people answering His call, we too are to RISE ABOVE our level of action in living out our daily lives.

     The Holy Spirit is now a significant part of our Christian walk, day by day, and even minute by minute. In reality we are CALLED to place our trust in this truth, with acceptance of leading of the Spirit through every step we take, every action we choose, even every breath we take! Is this easy? Not so if we’ve not embraced this as part of our commitment as Christians. Is it possible? Absolutely!   Is it easy? That depends!!! Involved is stepping “out of ourselves – our own mindsets” into the arena of TRUST. . . trust in God’s will for each of us individually and as a Church Family. . . trust in His presence, help, and leading with every breath and every step we take. . . trust perhaps to step into areas of SERVICE and INVOLVEMENT only God could orchestrate.

     God has truly blessed De Soto Baptist and each of our individual lives in ways we could not on our own even begin to imagine. And as part of our Christian journeys of following His way – which did NOT end, but only just BEGAN with our individual decisions to follow Him as believers – we are truly called to be active in living out our Faith in service to Him through what we do for others. A blank canvas lies before us, ready to be filled with the beauty of each and every life of De Soto Baptist Family involved in answering His call as true followers. Jesus made the ultimate and true sacrifice, and our call then is to in trust, take up that Cross in journeys of service and outreach and love throughout our Church family – our community – our Central Region – and into every widening areas of service through spreading His Love. If our lives don’t answer “Yes, Lord, Yes”, then what are we saying about the greatest sacrifice of God giving, on behalf of each of us, His only Son. The answer lies individually within each of our hearts.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding: in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” – Proverbs 3:5