A Message from Pastor Brandon

Hello Church Family,
I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect.
- Romans 12:1-2  

 As I sit to write this letter this morning, I think of the choices each day brings. “What do I eat for breakfast?”, “Should I wear a sweater or button up?”, “How am I going to organize my day?” These choices may seem mundane, or insignificant, but true worship can be seen in these small choices because they decide where we will choose to invest our time, our energy, and our resources.  

To worship something is simply to give worth to that thing. To invest in it. To sacrifice for it. 

 We are swept up in a society of doing and achieving, and yet so many of the things we busy our lives with were once choices. An important reflection question is: did those choices lead us closer to Jesus? Jesus, who offered his life to give value to us? Or did those choices give value to something that actually took us further from His presence?  

Pastor and author, John MacArthur writes, “… the essence of authentic faith and true worship is wrapped up in honor and adoration that we render to God. That consuming selfless desire to give to God is the defining element of all genuine worship. It begins with the giving first of ourselves, and then of our attitudes, and then of our possessions — until worship is a way of life.” 

When we choose to worship in the small, everyday choices… and make that a discipline, we create a firm foundation to stand on when the truly hard choices come. And as we slowly become more worshipful every day, THAT is when we see the transformation Paul is speaking of in Romans. But it begins by presenting ourselves as a living sacrifice. When we do so, the worship that follows in the midst of our daily choices, don’t seem so small anymore.

Blessings to you all,                                                                              
Pastor Brandon Dunham
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