Pastor's Reflection


“As you enter the home, give it your greeting. If the home is deserving, let your peace rest on it. If it is not deserving, let your peace return to you” Matt. 10:12-13

With these words Christ sends his disciples out in teams for local mission. He tells them to invest where listeners receive greeting.

The primary form of mission to which God is calling our generation is similar to this “Go to your community” commissioning. A century ago His primary commission was “Go to the ends of the earth” from Matthew 28. The few called went. The many supported.

Obviously Christ is still calling some to foreign mission; and they deserve support! But His primary call to our generation is for each one of us to recognize our 24/7 life as context for mission.

I believe this deeply. I believe it passionately. I sometimes feel like a broken record.

I am confident God is calling us to be a sister church with Fountain of Life in Spanish Lookout, Belize. Since God is in it we can be certain it will be rewarding! And I have no doubt we will support this partnership with appropriate generosity!

We anticipate good things when a CMC mission team travels this fall or early winter to help construct the hospitality house that will also be the Deeds home. We anticipate transformation as a Team from CMC and our local community goes down early summer 2015 to go through a three week Life Change Institute. 

No problem with any of the above. It is mission; blessed of God! It will bear good kingdom fruit. It will be fun, and hard, but rewarding as mission always is!

But I wonder what it would take for us to be equally impassioned about the life changing missions God is pouring from our ministry center.

Every week persons come for no cost counseling from Still Waters ministry. In Jesus name they receive deep listening and godly counsel. Testimony increases of lives saved, literally; consistently.  

Each month testimony, scriptures, witness and prayer are offered to Pantry recipients. Mission unfolds. Lives are impacted. Jesus is honored. His name is lifted up and glorified in word and deed.

These ministries, and others that flow from our Ministry Center, are how Jesus is primarily doing mission in this generation. Do we have the eyes to see? To see that when we support our CMC budget we support both ministry and mission? When our Treasurer pays facility bills do we recognize we are supporting mission?

Are our ears open to hear God’s present mission priorities such that when we designate dollars to Twin Valley Food pantry and Still Waters Ministry we recognize it as mission equal to dollars sent to Africa, or Central America, or Asia?

Through our CMC ministries the peace of God is entering many many local homes. When “the peace” we extend is received may we embrace such as the mission to which Christ has commissioned us!!

Joyfully Living HiStory Together with You:
Pastor Bob Petersheim

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