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Find updates, thoughts, event notices, or short message from Pastor Tim in his weekly blog posts. 

Monday Thoughts from Pastor Tim - May 13

Dear Church Family –

 

What did they expect?

 

In 2020, the state of Oregon decriminalized the possession of small amounts of hard drugs.  Since then, deaths by overdose in Oregon are up 70% and drug-related homelessness and violent crime has increased.  Now, Oregon is recriminalizing drug possession.

 

What did they expect?

 

The legalization and growth of sports betting has resulted in coaches and players being threatened, suspicions of and suspensions for cheating, and obsessed fans ruining the joy of the game.

 

What do we expect?

 

“the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace.” (Romans 8:6)

 

“But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh. For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the Law. Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.” (Galatians 5:16-25)

 

We should order our lives, and our children’s lives, and our community life, in ways that encourage what is good and best and right, and discourage what draws out the worst in us.

 

Benjamin Franklin was right when he said, “It is easier to deny the first impulse than to satisfy all that follow.”

 

Yesterday’s Baby Dedication and Mother’s Day message at church made me ever more thankful for the strength and joy of family, and for mothers and fathers who train children to walk in the spirit, not in the flesh. 

 

“I have no greater joy than this, to hear of my children walking in the truth.” (3 John 4)

 

Love in Christ and truth – Pastor Tim

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