Pastor's Note

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February 28, 2020

Hey Church! 
Do you remember a time when you went “all in”?
It might have been that moment you proposed.
Or when you accepted the job offer.
Or when you shipped off for Afghanistan. 
There are these moments in life when we make a decision to jump—no going back. You may not realize this, but for me, accepting the appointment at First UMC was one of mine! I could have stayed comfortable in a successful position at my last church, or moved to Florida to be closer to my mom, or quit my job to backpack the Pacific Crest Trail for six months. But God placed this unexpected opportunity in my lap, and I had to make the decision if I was ready to go…
All In. 
But for every one of those moments, there are a million tiny, seemingly insubstantial decisions that ultimately bring us to places we haven’t chosen. You’ve heard the stories, and maybe you’ve lived them. 
It’s just another drink… until it’s a DUI.
It’s just a temper… until it’s a fist.
It’s just a little bit of money they won’t miss… until they do and find out it’s you.
It’s just flirting… until you lose your marriage. 
Sure, these are the extremes. But no one ever intends on having these things happen to their lives. It just kind of happens. 
And Jesus understood this. And he gave us a simple (but challenging) guide to having an intentional life. You know, the kind of life that you make instead of a life that makes you
But... I'm not sharing that advice just yet :) 
I hope to see you this weekend as we dive in to “All In”! You never know, you might just make a decision this week that changes everything
Much love!
Posted by Chris Abel