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Dear Church:

Thank you.  Thank you for looking to Jesus for your hope in an increasingly post-Christian culture. While many seek to make God in their own image, you pursue him as his children as you have been called to do. Thank you for seeing with eternal eyes peering through the realm of the here and now. 


Dear Church:

Let's be honest, you are not perfect.  In fact, you are pretty darn broken.  You long for holiness, but fall short again and again.  The good news is that you are in good company.  Since the fall of Adam, your flesh often overpowers that quiet voice in you that calls out for something more grand, some sort of holy life that resonates deeply with your creator.  Rest, this tension has existed in every child of God since that epic garden scene unfolded. 


Dear Church:

You are not a building.  Stop pretending that you are a "safe haven" from the real world.  You were never designed to be.  You are a force for good in a broken world.  Although you are broken men and women, you have been commissioned for something greater.  You have been set apart for God's redemptive work in the world.  Your job is to press into every nook and cranny of society with the good news of Jesus' death, burial, and resurrection. You of all people should know that the power that exists in you is stronger and more dynamic than any power in this world. 


Dear Church:

Beware - Men and women will come at you with stones in this life.  They will accuse you falsely and seek to tarnish your reputation.  Be reminded - Your value is not is what others think about you but in what our King has done for you.  When your enemies come against you, remember it is not vengeance upon you that they seek, but their battle is with their creator.  Do not fear what mere man might afflict upon you.  Your current trials are nothing compared to the glories of your future life.  Do not compromise on what scripture teaches.  Remember, you do not seek to please man, but to please the Lord.  You are not of this world.  You are sojourners and aliens.  Do not get too comfortable or complacent in the affairs of this life.


Dear Church:

Be encouraged.  Stand strong in the faith.  Put on the armor of God.  Your are chosen.  You are a priesthood.  You have companionship with the fierce and mighty warrior God.  He is the Lion of the tribe of Judah.  He has already won the victory and all of Heaven and Earth will one day bow before him. 


Dear Church:

Scripture says they will know you by the way you love one another.  With this in mind,

Love without ceasing, 

Bless those that persecute you, and

Be kind to those who seek to cause you pain.


Dear Church:

You have work to do. You are in good company. All of Heaven cheers you on as you seek to live out the Good News of Jesus.  Go in peace my brothers and sisters.