FROM THE BACK PEW – On the right track

Pastor Ed Brouwer dispenses wit and wisdom in his regular column to the Boundary Creek Times.

This old timer who had spent his whole life in the desert comes to visit a friend. He’d never seen a train or the tracks they run on. While standing in the middle of the tracks one day, he hears the whistle of a train…. but doesn’t know what it is.

Predictably, he’s hit, but, only a glancing blow, and is thrown, to the side of the tracks, with some minor internal injuries, a few broken bones, and some bruises. After weeks in the hospital recovering, he’s at his friend’s house attending a party, one evening. While in the kitchen, he suddenly hears the tea kettle whistling. He takes one of his crutches and proceeds to batter and bash the tea kettle into an unrecognizable lump of metal.

His friend, hearing the ruckus, rushes into the kitchen, sees what’s happened and asks the man from the desert, “Why’d you ruin my good tea kettle? The desert man replies: “Man, you gotta kill those things when they’re small!”

Hebrews 12:15 (MSG) Keep a sharp eye out for weeds of bitter discontent. A thistle or two gone to seed can ruin a whole garden in no time.

Some have asked about what we believe in…. We believe in God’s radical, unconditional and unwavering love for us. We believe that Jesus is God. We also affirm that you may or may not believe that Jesus is God. And we’re not asking you to change your belief system before you attend our church, we are simply inviting you on a journey towards Jesus. For years churches have placed a high priority on Jesus as a get out of Hell free card. At our church we place the highest priority on Jesus as a live-life-to-the-fullest invitation.

We believe every person has a dream deep inside their hearts and that God put that dream there for His glory. We are not concerned where you have been, but where you are going. We believe that the Bible is God’s Word. It is real, it is living, it is active.

We believe that people who don’t go to church anywhere are not the enemy.

They are real people who need the perfect love that only God can give. And we believe that God gives this love through, of all people…. us!

We do not and will not display a holier than thou attitude toward anyone. We are all broken people, but He is putting us back together.

And finally and most importantly at our church we believe that Jesus really lived, that He really died on the cross and that He really rose again on the third day. And we cannot and we will not candy coat or water down that message…. ever!