Letter From Rob

 Newsletter

February 2020

Dear Friends,
 
    Last month we journeyed together through some tough territory as we looked at the Book of Job. It seemed a fitting way to begin the new year: acknowledging that life is difficult, that there are no simple answers for why we experience pain and loss, and, even when we have no answers, God is there. As we saw at the end of the book, pain and loss are not the end of the story: God is faithful to bring the hope and newness of spring even in our deepest winter.
 
    And so, I sense that this winter is a season of hard lessons that God wants us to grapple with. In that mindset, we will travel in February together as we look at the life of Abraham. He has been called the “father of our faith.” And yet, he was a very flawed and imperfect man. We are told that if we have faith, we too are the children of Abraham. What could the hard lessons of his life mean for us today?
 
     The series will focus on four “movements” or seasons in Abraham’s life when God spoke to him. They are summed up in four simple words: leave, remain, wait and surrender. I wonder if we can relate to these commands in our lives. Has there been a time you have to leave familiar places or surroundings? Have you ever wanted to move on to something new and sensed God telling you to remain where you are? Have you ever had an aspiration or dream you wanted to pursue, and you heard God tell you to wait? And perhaps most difficult, have you sensed God’s call for you to surrender your plans to His purpose?
 
     Abraham, like most of us, had to learn things the hard way. But that seems to bring the most wisdom in the end, doesn’t it? I am hopeful that you will join us for this month’s series as we look at one of the most important people in the Bible. And that you will hear God say something to you, too!
 
Blessings,
Rob