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I remember learning how to use a saw. I was in Mexico on a mission trip, and an older leader observed that I was not using the saw in the most efficient way. I am no construction expert, but it had to do with the direction of the teeth. The saw I was using had teeth pointed forward. When I was sawing, however, I was trying to put a lot of pressure on my backstroke – this was a lot of extra work for no extra progress. This wise man showed me how to make a better change.

After prayer and discernment, we have decided to end our weekly blog. If you have read along with the blog over the years – thank you! We still value teaching, writing, and reflecting. We will be doing those in person, on our website, church app, social media, and especially through our daily devotions. In addition to weekly sermons, we study the Bible in Life Groups, Youth Group, and Young Adults. We will (probably) have blog posts from time to time. But writing a blog weekly takes hours of our pastors’ time. As ministry moves forward, we evaluated and decided to put our efforts where they are most effective.

When Jesus came, everything changed and was re-evaluated. He said, “No one puts new wine into old wineskins. For the wine would burst the wineskins, and the wine and the skins would both be lost. New wine calls for new wineskins (Mark 2:22). Jesus is the One who makes all things new (Rev 21:5). We are not afraid of change because we follow Jesus. We constantly evaluate our ministries to make sure they are accomplishing their goals and not burning people out.

Of course, no change is universally appreciated. Feel free to drop us a line and let us know what the weekly blog meant to you. Our ears are open. Know that our leaders are committed to integrity and giving our best to the Lord in all of our ministries. Most of all, please keep our church in your prayers as we seek to be faithful followers of Jesus and wisely discern the changes needed to serve Him well.

In Christ,

     Scott Nelson

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