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Pastor's Note
Reverend, Warren R. Carswell

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                                                                Walk in Love

Follow God's example, therefore, as dearly loved children and Walk in the Way of Love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. Ephesians 2:1-2 NLT (caps added)

We started 2020 with remembering who we are. As we reflected on our baptism, our hands touched the waters and we ask the question, "Now what?" How do we now live out our baptism? Is this a solo endeavor or is it part of a team?

I have performed many weddings. Although each one is uniquely different, they have a common thread. A couple's hands join together, vows are exchanged and an "I DO" is proclaimed. Is that it? Of course not! Anyone who has experienced marriage knows that the marriage is more than that single moment in time. Saying "I do" is the beginning of a journey that two people make.

Throughout the New Testament, this marriage language is symbolically used to portray our "marriage" to Christ (Ephesians 5:22-23). More than likely, there is a time you said, "I do" to Christ, you were baptized and joined a church family.

The question for every Jesus follower is, "How do I live out my days on earth?" Should a Jesus follower look different from the world? What would that look like?

Come this Sunday as we explore how we live out our baptism by Walking in Love. In a culture of shouting, shaming and deifying political parties, it is only by Walking in Love that the culture and world were and continue to be transformed.

Grace and Peace,
Warren Carswell
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