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Down here at the Southern Command, we’re also going through a step of change. Nothing personal with the command staff or base personnel, but rather at our chosen house of worship. For the past 13 months our church has been without a Senior Pastor. The reasons are not necessary at this time, the only thing that is relevant is that there has not been a man in that position for some time. A few weeks ago, the search committee announced that they had found someone who fit and next Sunday our new Senior Pastor will preach his first sermon to our congregation.

So in his last message as Interim, our Executive Pastor reminded us that in order to move forward we as a church need to leave the past in the past (yes, learn from the past but leave it in the past) and in order to move forward there are several walls that are self-placed that are a barrier from moving forward. Those walls need to come down so we as a church can indeed move forward with a fresh start and change our focus on that which our new pastor brings forward to us. I won’t repeat his whole sermon, but the key points are what needs to be mentioned here, because they are pertinent for us all at this time. And they are something we all can certainly work on to break down.

The walls that need to come down are:

  • Unfaithfulness
  • Anger
  • Apathy
  • Failure
  • Sin
  • Pride

The scripture passage he used to help illustrate these walls is Joshua chapter six. This is the story of Joshua and how God instructed him to deal with the city of Jericho. If you know the story you can certainly see the parallels. Like Darth, it certainly may be time to take a good hard look at the walls in front of us that need to be broken down to allow us to return to moving forward.


1 Comment to “Food for thought”

  1. David Hartung — June 26, 2011 @ 10:02 pm

    General, not knowing what brand of church you attend, I can only say that you make some good points. It is tough for a new pastor to come in behind a man with long tenure, and who is much beloved. The reasons for this are that folks are often reluctant to leave the past in the past. The past is the past, we learn from it, but we can never get it back.

    Moving forward often means doing uncomfortable things, and stepping out into the unknown. No one likes that, but that is exactly what our Lord calls us to do. We as God’s children are able to make this step of faith because of the faith given us in our Baptism. Whatever the future may hold, I am confident that our good friend Darth will ultimately follow the path to which he is called.

    End of Sunday Night Sermonette.
    The Vicar

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