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From the Pastor’s desk…

April 16, 2018

I love the sport of fishing.  Once a week I will be on the water somewhere trying to catch the “Big Ones” and I will have an exciting time doing it.  I’ve talked to many people over the years who told me that they don’t go fishing because it is “too boring.”  Those people don’t catch anything and have a boring time because they probably don’t have a clue as to what they are doing. I can honestly say that I don’t ever remember having a “boring time” trying to catch the “Big Ones.” There’s a reason for that.  I’ve invested much money and time learning how to fish.

Before I leave on a fishing trip I must ask myself a question.  “What kind of fish do I want to catch today? I must first make that decision.  The answer to that question will determine the location that I fish, the type of fishing rod I will use, and the lure or bait that I will use. If I answer that question by saying, “I’m just fishing for anything that bites,”  I will be setting myself up to have  “a boring time.”

Jesus said that His people were to be “fishers of men.”  Do you know what Jesus means by that? It means Jesus wants us to lead others to Him.   Before that can happen, I must get to know “the water.”  It means that I must know the people in my community.  It means that I must be able to relate to the people who live in the community that I do. It means that I must  get to know the people that I work with. It means that I must get to know the people that I do business with and build a relationship of trust with them.  That trust will be the “hook”  or the “bait-lure” that I will need so that they will listen to me when I introduce Christ to them.

The sole purpose of the church is to “catch” people for Jesus.  Take the time to get to know the people that you see week in and week out.  Build a trusting relationship with them and “catch”  them for Jesus. You certainly will not be bored.  It is possible for you to become a very good “fisherman.”  The choice is yours!