Welcome to 2022! Once again, I’m guessing most of us are relieved to be leaving last year behind because of the continued craziness and uncertainty brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic. I’m also guessing most of us are also hopeful that this year will be better and that many more things will return to normal, or at least somewhat normal. At Mount Olive most of us look forward to the day that all of us can gather for worship, grow, serve and fellowship together in more “normal” ways.
But, there is one “normal” I’d like to see change. Why does the world around us and the life we live not look anything like the reality Jesus talked about? Why is there no significant difference between the lives of those who call themselves Christians and the rest of the world? What kind of a witness can we be in this world if we simply look the same as everyone else? What can we do? Rather than shrugging it off, isn’t it time to change people’s perceptions about the followers of Jesus Christ?
I am excited to announce that Mount Olive will continue to be part of a national church movement, ”The Being Challenge.” This comes to us from the same LCMS pastor and congregation that gave us the “The Red-Letter Challenge” which we went through together at the beginning of 2021.