Post Election Blues

As I write this, we are still not really close to deciding this year’s presidential election, even though it’s been a few days since the final votes were cast. Many of us were hoping that if we could just get through Tuesday, life could back to “normal,” whatever that means. But it looks like this is when the real adventure is going to begin, with accusations of voter fraud and challenges to election results that could stretch on for months. And because of that, many of the people I have talked to this week seem to have the “post-election blues.”

I, for one, can’t wait for this election cycle that seems to have been going on for more than two years to finally be over. The never-ending news cycle and the constant barrage of highly-charged political posts on social media– with a little pandemic thrown in for good measure–has brought a new level of negativity and divisiveness to American politics.

I don’t know if these numbers have changed, but I found interesting what pollster Frank Luntz discovered prior to the 2016 election, from surveys of people on Facebook. He found that 94% of Republicans, 92% of Democrats and 85% of Independents say they’ve never been swayed by a political post on Facebook. But obviously, that doesn’t keep people from posting their opinions, memes, accusations and “end of the world as we know it” proclamations if one or the other candidates are elected. And most of us are just sick of it all.

As you probably expected, I have a couple of thoughts on this matter:

First, politics have simply become too important in our country. They were never intended to drive all that we do, especially for those of us who follow Christ. We have allowed politics to consume us, and divide us, and we have put too much stock–and hope–into what we think politicians can do for us. Which in the end is really not much.

Secondly, whether your candidate wins or loses…this too shall pass. That’s one of the lessons learned from growing old, which I am. When you’ve been through this a few times, you come to understand that it’s really not nearly as big of a deal as you thought it was. I remember some past elections from decades ago when I was so distraught when my candidate didn’t win, and I bought the idea that the whole world was going to change. It didn’t, for the most part. And it won’t this time around, as much as we have been told otherwise. Our fate does not rest so much in politicians or governments as in a Sovereign God who at last check has not yet descended His throne. As John Piper has said, “One day America and all of its presidents will be a footnote in history, but the kingdom of Jesus will never end.”

And finally, I guess we should be grateful that we have the privilege of living in a country that allows us as citizens to participate in the political process. Throughout human history, and even around the world right now, this is more than the exception than the rule. You sure can’t find any precedent for it in Scripture. The closest parallel to a vote in the Old Testament was when Israel demanded a king, and God finally relented and gave them what they wanted, and they got Saul. And that didn’t work out so well. In the New Testament, there never was even a consideration that anyone would have a voice or a vote in a democratic political process. I can only imagine Jesus campaigning for His followers to vote out Herod; or Peter or Paul, facing Roman persecution under Nero, suggesting that Christians should vote for the outsider candidate for emperor.

Instead, Jesus taught that we should render to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and Peter and Paul both wrote of the Christian’s responsibility to submit to governing authorities, because God in His sovereignty uses human governments to maintain order. And neither of those apostles added asterisks when they wrote, just in case you don’t agree with the politics of those in charge. Of course, there is the argument for civil disobedience from Acts 4, when the disciples were told to stop preaching about Jesus, and their answer was, “We must obey God rather than man.” But I don’t know that we’re there quite yet, especially as it pertains to the election.

Ultimately, as many have pointed out, the last few elections in particular have revealed the bigger issues in our nation, and for that I am grateful. The problems are not political, as big of a mess our politics may be. They are clearly spiritual. And the candidates aren’t the problem, they’re just a mirror that reflects the state and soul of our nation. Sometimes I think that, in the same way that God used the Assyrians and the Babylonians as instruments of judgment on His people, so too these candidates are His means of discipline on us as a nation. And perhaps, this may be a good thing, if it brings us to our knees and we turn and seek Him again.

I continue to pray for my nation, and I hope that when the dust clears from the chaos of this election we as God’s people will get back to our Father’s business of living out the gospel to our community and our world, with Christ-like compassion, no matter who is elected. For no matter who our president is, Jesus will still be our King.

May He reign over your life, in 2020, and in the years ahead, until He returns. I am praying for you, and I look forward to seeing you on Sunday.

–Pastor Ken

For God…and Country

You probably already know that Tuesday is election day. I hope you are planning to exercise your constitutional right and responsibility to vote.

This election cycle has been unlike any I ever remember. I certainly believe we are at a crossroads in our nation’s history, though we probably have said that the last several elections. We are so sharply divided, and on so many sides it seems that we have lost our way. And, as all the polls continue to show, Americans at large are angry and frustrated, both with the political parties and the process as a whole, and many feel disenfranchised altogether.

I am not sure that we are going to see the kind of change we need through political means, but we are fortunate, in our country, that we still have the right to be involved in the political process, by casting our votes. Many people cynically believe their votes do not matter, and still others would say that Christians shouldn’t be involved in the political process at all.

What is our Christian responsibility, as dual citizens of heaven and earth, as we live “in the world, but not of it”?

The apostle Paul wrote in Romans 13 that government is ordained by God, and Christians are responsible, for conscience sake, to live as law-abiding citizens and supporters of our civic leaders. (In fact, government is one of only three institutions God has ordained: the others being the family and the church.) And remember that when Paul wrote that, he was writing to citizens of Rome living under the dictatorship of a maniacal emperor named Nero.

Paul wrote elsewhere that not only are we to obey the authorities that God has sovereignly placed over us, we are also to pray for them as well (1 Timothy 2:1-2). And the apostle Peter also wrote that Christians are to “submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every authority instituted among men” (1 Peter 2:13-17). Jesus said that we are to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world (Matthew 5:13-16). That is, we are to be influencers of our culture, and surely that includes the political world as well.

For those who do vote, I am surprised at how many people who profess faith in Christ tend to check that faith at the door when it comes to casting their votes or their involvement in other civic responsibilities. I have heard a few folks say loudly that we are not electing a pastor, but a president, as if that precludes the candidate from being a person whose life should demonstrate the Biblical virtues of morality, honesty, integrity, conviction, faith and Godly character. Without question, I believe such character traits are required of a genuine and trustworthy leader, and all the more I would hope that we would make the choice of supporting someone who fears God and seeks to follow Him–even if our choices from the two major parties are pretty slim.

I will not dare suggest in this space which candidate or even which political party I think you should vote for. I do hope your Biblically-informed Christian worldview weighs heavily on your vote, and that you will prayerfully consider whether the candidate you vote for seeks to live a life to honor God. Ultimately, that should be the goal of every Christian citizen.

More than anything, I urge each of you to pray–for yourself as you vote, for the candidates, for God’s will to be done in this election and in our nation. Truthfully, the future of our country will be decided less by our vote than by our prayer, and the greatest need of our nation in this hour is a spiritual awakening of her people. As the hymn-writer of old wrote, “Lord, send a revival, and let it begin in me.” (2 Chronicles 7:14)

–Pastor Ken

Even in Dark Places

A little boy was afraid of the dark. One night his mother told him to go out on the back porch and bring her back the broom. The little boy turned to his mother and said, “Mama, I don’t want to go out there.  It’s dark.”

The mother smiled reassuringly at her son. “You don’t have to be afraid of the dark,” she explained. “Jesus is out there. He’ll look after you and protect you.” The little boy looked at his mother real hard and asked, “Are you sure He’s out there?”

“Yes, I’m sure. He is everywhere, and He is always ready to help you when you need Him.”

The little boy thought about that for a minute and then went to the back door and cracked it a little. Peering out into the darkness, he called, “Jesus? If you’re out there, would you please hand me the broom?”

That’s how we want to handle difficult situations sometimes, especially when it’s dark and scary outside in the real world. I’ll stay here, God, and you hand me the broom. We don’t really want to walk where we can’t see, even if we know the Lord is there beside us. We’d rather He just handle things for us, sparing us from ever having to “walk by faith, and not by sight.” (2 Cor. 5:7)

However, genuine faith usually requires that we walk through trials and tribulations of some kind, because we aren’t always inclined to cling to God unless we have to. It is very often frightening, but it’s where God grows our dependence on Him. Even in the dark places.

The secret, I believe, is learning to live our lives daily in the presence of the Lord, so that He becomes more to us than a superstitious good luck charm when we’re afraid. I hope and pray that your relationship with God is vibrant and growing these days, even through this crazy pandemic, and that He is building your faith as you learn to walk with Him in whatever circumstances that come your way.

Have a blessed weekend!
–Pastor Ken

Being Jesus

“The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”  –Matt. 20:28

A mother was preparing pancakes for her sons, Kevin 5, and Ryan 3. The boys began to argue over who would get the first pancake.

Their mother saw the opportunity for a moral lesson. “If Jesus were sitting here, He would say, ‘Let my brother have the first pancake, I can wait.'”Kevin turned to his younger brother and said, “Ryan, you be Jesus!”

I’ve discovered that it’s not just 5-year olds that come up with such logic. As much as we all may believe that Jesus has set up an example of servanthood, and taught us to follow “in His steps” in putting others first, we often wait for the other guy to be Jesus. 

Whether it’s two little boys arguing over breakfast, or two supposed grown-ups, married to one another but posturing to see who gets their way, it’s easy to expect somebody else to be Jesus. We’d rather not have to give up anything, and we’re always afraid that if we don’t take care of ourselves first, who will? It’s the way of the world, you know.

But we are not of this world, and we must never forget that. Jesus turned our world’s thinking upside down, as He taught that that greatness comes not through power, but through serving others. However, if we just hear it, or theorize over it, and don’t put it into practice in the difficult struggles of real-life relationships, then we no more believe it than the world that would think the whole idea absurd.

Here’s the challenge this week for those Christ-followers who seek to live out your faith where you are, be it at home, or at church, or in the marketplace. You be Jesus. Don’t just talk the talk, but walk the walk. Love others unconditionally. Give your life away. Serve them, selflessly. Let them have the first pancake, even. Reflect the character of the one who gave His all for you, as you live a life of grateful obedience to Him.

I am praying for you, as I hope you are for me, and I look forward to seeing you this Sunday.

–Pastor Ken

Ignoring the Warning Signs

If you know me, you know I am not a big fan of spending lots of money on automobiles. I’m kind of a “point-A-to-point-B” kind of guy when it comes to cars. So we always buy cars for cash, and that usually means we get them after someone has driven them for many miles already. At last count I think we as a family had had eight different vehicles that had passed 200,000 miles on the odometer, and we have two now that are rapidly approaching that milestone.

One thing I have discovered is that even a car that is in pretty good shape, after it has a lot of miles, will usually have some kind of sensor issue that triggers the “check engine light” to come on. So, most of the time, with most of our cars, there is a persistent light on the dash, always lit up, telling me to check the engine.

So I did, and it’s still there.

Actually, if you go down to the auto parts store where they check the “check engine” diagnostics for you, you often find that the light is warning you of something that, in the big picture, is not that big of a problem. We could spend lots of money to fix it–more than the car is worth–or we can just get used to the light shining every time we turn the engine on. Which is the option we usually choose.

The problem with that scenario is that if something else goes wrong–something that may be more serious–the light doesn’t give us any additional warning. It doesn’t flash or turn a different color to tell us, “This time we REALLY mean it….you REALLY need to check your engine!” So, I’m always wondering if there’s something more sinister going on behind the scenes that I don’t know about. One of these days there will be, I’m sure.

I read about a guy who woke up in the night to a loud beeping sound coming from his smoke detector. His wife sent him to check on it, and when he couldn’t get it to stop beeping, he just pulled the battery out of it so he could get back to sleep. When he came back to bed and his wife questioned what he had done to stop it, he told her he just removed the battery. Her reply: “You can’t do that. There could be a fire in the house somewhere.”

“We’re upstairs,” he explained. “There’s no smoke, we can’t smell anything, there’s not heat coming from any place. Do you smell smoke? I don’t smell any smoke. It was clearly a battery problem. Trust me. I took care of it.”

The next morning he went to work, and shortly thereafter was interrupted from a meeting with a message that he needed to go home immediately. As he pulled up in his cul-de-sac he saw several fire trucks at his house, and smoke billowing from beneath his roof. It turns out that birds had built their nest inside the chimney casing, which eventually started smoldering and set off the smoke alarm. Because he didn’t do anything–other than remove the battery from the smoke detector–a fire started behind the wall and did extensive damage. Just because he wanted to get back to sleep.

The smoke detector wasn’t his enemy. The fire was his enemy. The smoke detector was simply trying to help.

There are many things in our lives that the Lord uses to get our attention, and alert us that something is amiss, that under the hood or beneath the surface, there are problems. We can try to ignore them, but we will likely end up regretting that decision. We would do well to deal with the issues before the smoldering nest turns into a blazing destructive fire.

It may be with your health, with your finances, with your marriage, or with other relationships. It may be emotional “check engine” lights–as you struggle unnaturally with worry or fear or bitterness. All of those things indicate something is not right with your faith life, with your walk with Christ. Or, perhaps the flashing light on your dashboard indicates guilt, that you would just as well ignore. The light–the guilt–is not the enemy. The sin behind the guilt is the issue, and there are always consequences to our sin, especially if it goes unchecked, and un-repented of.

So here’s a friendly exhortation to not ignore the warning lights and beeping detectors that the Lord has placed in your life, for your protection. He loves you, and He doesn’t want you to break down on the side of the proverbial road, or come home to smoking ruins. He is trying to get your attention. He warns you, because He wants what’s best for you.

May He always have our attention, and may we respond with faithful obedience. I am praying for you, as I hope you are for me, and I look forward to seeing you on Sunday.

–Pastor Ken

The Solid Rock

I didn’t watch the presidential debate on Tuesday night. I just couldn’t bring myself to do it. I did tune in to Twitter to read everyone else’s takes as they watched it. And the more I read, the more I was glad I didn’t watch.

I have since read many of the expert analyses of the debate debacle, and quite frankly, nothing really happened that we didn’t expect. Though dedicated followers of both candidates seemed to claim their man won the debate, from all indications there really wasn’t a winner. And when it was over, it felt to most people that we all lost. The question I keep hearing repeated over and over is, of 330 million people in our nation, are these two the best we could do?

But I am not here to talk politics. On the contrary, I would like to invite you to move away from the politics that seem to have invaded every facet of our lives. Really, the debate was a mirror of our current society, how we react to one another online, the culture of polarization and pettiness. And that mirror reveals that some things desperately need changing.

I’ll share a couple of tweets that seemed to capture the night for me. The first, from a pastor in Florida named Tom Ascol: “If there was any doubt that our nation is under divine judgment, this ‘debate’ should go a long way to remove it.” I agree completely.

The other, which was a little more comforting, came from Gospel Coalition editor Matt Smethurst: “If God’s plan for the universe depended on America, we would have every reason to panic. But thankfully, His plan no more depends on America than it did on the Holy Roman Empire. The gates of hell may one day prevail against our nation; they will never prevail against His church.” That’s true; it’s a promise from Jesus Himself.

As for me, I do not find my hope in any political party or candidate. Those on the right and the left–and even those in the middle–have continuously let us down over the years, offering empty promises, and in the end showing more concern for furthering their political careers than looking out for their constituents. We have every reason to be cynical about politics and politicians; but we have every reason to be hopeful as we trust in the Lord.

The hymn writer Edward Mote said it so well:
My hope is built on nothing else

Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.

I dare not trust the sweetest frame,

But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.

On Christ the solid rock, I stand,

All other ground is sinking sand,

All other ground is sinking sand.

I hope you are standing securely on Christ the Solid Rock today. He is trustworthy, faithful, dependable…and rock solid. And just in case you may have forgotten, He is still on the throne. I am praying for you, as I hope you are for me, and I look forward to seeing you on Sunday.

–Pastor Ken

As Long as It Is Called ‘Today’

“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” –Ephesians 4:29

What if….we as Christians were known as encouragers? What if, everyone knew they could count on us to build up instead of tear down? What if, in a world full of negativity and division, followers of Jesus Christ were a source of grace and hope and love instead?

I am more convinced than ever that the best way that we who call ourselves Christians can impact our world these days is simply by not being whiners, complainers or arguers, and not feeling the need to interject our opinions into the steaming caldron of vitriol that is social media.

“Do everything without complaining or arguing,” the apostle Paul wrote in Philippians 2, “so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation. Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life.”

In effect, he was saying, “You want to stand out in this warped, crooked world? Stop with the grumbling and disputing (as some versions translate those two words). If you just refuse to join the chorus of complainers, you’ll shine like the stars against the dark night sky.” So, we can choose to let nothing unwholesome come out of our mouths–or our keyboards–and also choose only those things that lead to edification and benefit those who hear.

And in case you haven’t been paying attention, it is getting darker, and more negative and divided and hostile by the day out there. It’s so easy for people of grace to get sucked in to the vortex of polarization that defines American culture, and the politicization of all things, that even works its way into the church. But we must resist that temptation, lest we become hard-hearted like the rest of the world.

Here’s how the writer of Hebrews said it: “See to it, brothers and sisters, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called ‘Today,’ so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.” (Hebrews 3:12-13)

Or hear Paul’s simple words from 1 Thessalonians 5:11: “Therefore, encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.”

The Biblical recipe for Christians living in the world, but not of it, is pretty straightforward: don’t use your words to tear down, but to build up. Don’t complain and argue, but encourage. If you can’t find something good to say, then say nothing at all. What if…we all actually practiced that this week?

I am praying for you, that the Lord will bless you, and use you as a blessing to all those around you. I am grateful for each of you, and I look forward to seeing you on Sunday.

–Pastor Ken

In the Middle of the Battle

I have mentioned a few times that one of my favorite things to watch on TV these days are interviews on YouTube of World War II veterans, put together by the Veterans Story Project. Usually, the interviewer behind the camera asks a question or two, and then sits back and just listens for 45 minutes to an hour as a real-life hero tells his story.

There are hundreds of such interviews on YouTube, with men from “the greatest generation” giving their personal accounts of their experiences in the war. Many of them didn’t talk about the war for a half century or so after they came home, but now their family members–and organizations like the VSP–are having them share their stories while they are still with us. Most do so with humility, and with amazing detail, especially considering it’s been 75 years since the end of the war.

I was watching an interview a few weeks back of a former Marine who had served in the south Pacific, including major battles in Guam, Pelileu, and eventually Iwo Jima. He recounted names and places like it was yesterday, and stories of humble heroism from the battlefield–including his own that earned him a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star. But the one thing I found most interesting was that he said he had no idea really where they were or the importance of the battles at the time, and only realized the significance after he came home. All he knew was they had to take a hill or two, there was someone on the other side trying to kill them, and they just wanted to keep each other alive to win the war and go home to their families. It was only when he read the dramatic stories of the battles in newspaper and magazine accounts when he got home that he realized what he was apart of.

I have found that to be true in many areas of life. In the middle of the moment, all you are trying to do is survive, but when you look back, you see the bigger picture, and what God was up to through the whole process. It’s only then that you can truly begin to understand His work and His will.

I say all that to say that in the social media driven world of 2020, we are reminded daily of the battles we are fighting, the drama we experience, and the struggles we face each day. You can always count on someone telling you how hard life is these days, even if it’s through a comical meme. When you hear all the negative, all the time, and realize you’re in the middle of a war, it’s easy to feel like giving up. It’s no wonder that one of the biggest crises of the whole debacle we call 2020 will be the mental health issues it has brought us.

And here’s the point. The perspective in the middle of the battle is often distorted. But you don’t need to be overwhelmed, and you don’t have to have it all figured out. You don’t kneed to know the outcome of the COVID pandemic, or how the November election is going to turn out. You don’t have to fix all the issues of social justice, climate change, the economy, and everything else to survive this year. You just need to put one foot in front of another, seek to do the Lord’s will for the day He has set before you, and trust that He will work it all out on the other side. He is faithful.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6, NIV)

So just exhale. He’s got this. And we’re in this thing together. I am praying for you, and I look forward to seeing you on Sunday.

–Pastor Ken

Heal Our Land

It’s 9/11. The anniversary of the one day, in our lifetimes, “that will live in infamy.”

I still remember so much about that day, getting a call to turn on our TV, and then watching the live reports from New York as they developed. The first plane crash was thought to maybe be an accident, but we couldn’t believe our eyes to be watching the tragedy unfold right in front of us. Then the second plane hit the second tower, and we knew this was no accident. It was terrorism, and our nation was under attack. Before long there was another report of a plane crashing into the Pentagon, and rumors of others hitting the White House and the U.S. Capitol building (that never happened, of course). We wondered where and when the next attack would come.

Then the towers fell, the two tallest buildings in the western hemisphere violently crashing to the ground in a matter of seconds. We couldn’t wrap our minds around what we were watching. There were tears, there was fear, and there was anger at unseen enemies, terrorists who had ruthlessly killed so many innocent people.

What followed in the days ahead was unlike any period that I can remember. The nation was unified. Members of Congress, Democrats and Republicans, stood arm in arm on the steps of the Capital building and sang “God Bless America” together. Cities, big and small, had public prayer services, where Scripture was read, and people called out to God.There was a humility and brokenness in the land. People were more kind and more compassionate.

We all said we would never forget.

Which brings us to September 11, 2020. We are facing another tragedy, a pandemic that has taken the lives of tens of thousands of people in our country. It has left millions jobless, and has had a devastating effect on our nation’s economy. And sadly, it has been turned into a political tool that has divided us even more. I had really hoped that the COVID crisis would bring our nation to its knees in the same way that the terrorist attacks did nineteen years ago. That we would come together in unity to fight our common enemy–a virus that has killed nearly a million people worldwide. But clearly that has not been the case.

And I have to wonder what it will take to break us, to humble us, to draw us together again.

If you are old enough to remember those days after 9/11/01, then I would encourage you to sincerely seek the Lord in prayer for our nation and our world in the same way we did those many years ago. Not with polarized politics. Not pointing fingers at the other side. Just in humble dependence on God to bring us out of this difficult season. Even if you don’t remember those times from 2001, I’m sure you understand how much we need the Lord’s intervention in our world today.

You are probably familiar with God’s challenge to His people, Israel, when they were dedicating the temple in Jerusalem almost 3,000 years ago. Those same words are so applicable to us today: “If My people who are called by My name shall humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14)

Let’s humble ourselves, pray, seek His face, and turn from our sin. And may the Lord bring His healing to our land.

I am praying for you, as I hope you are for me, and I look forward to seeing you on Sunday.

–Pastor Ken

Doubting Your Doubts

Robert Louis Stevenson was one of the greatest authors of his age. He wrote numerous short stories and poems, but he is best known for his novels, most notably Treasure Island and Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Many of his writings are still required readings in school. But most people are not aware of the depth and strength of the faith he had in God. 

Stevenson’s life was a bit of a Dr. Jeckyll-Mr. Hyde story in and of itself. He was raised in Scotland in the mid-1800’s in a very strict Christian home. But once he left home and began attending college, he rebelled against the teachings of the church. He called Christianity “the deadliest gag and wet blanket that can be laid on a man,” and adopted a thoroughly worldly lifestyle. He even referred to himself as a “youthful atheist.”

But as he grew older, he began to have, as he described it, “doubts about his doubts.” He came to see that for all its claims to wisdom, the world had no satisfying answers to the deepest questions of life.

And thus, because the world couldn’t satisfy the thirst in his life, he returned to God. Later, Robert Louis Stevenson would write, “There is a God who is manifest for those who care to look for Him.” And he described his own walk with God as a “cast iron faith.”

Like Stevenson, most of us have gone through periods of doubt in our lives–especially in a crazy year like 2020 when few things have gone like we had hoped or planned–and there’s a little prodigal son in all of us. But there comes a time when we have to have, as he worded it, “doubts about our doubts.” This world will lie to us, and rarely delivers on what it promises. But if we are sincere in our seeking truth–and seeking God–He will not leave us hanging. He truly will manifest Himself to those who really care to look for Him.

F.F. Bosworth said it well a long time ago: “Believe your beliefs, and doubt your doubts.” (Some will also recall that Switchfoot adapted that statement in the lyrics to one of their songs.) That’s what truly exercising our faith looks like, even when we are inclined to doubt. I wonder, what would happen if each of us really lived by what we say we believe today, and refused to believe our doubts along the way?

I am praying that you will, and I look forward to seeing you on Sunday.

–Pastor Ken