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Life in a Small Town

Last night, I watched the Pixar movie “Cars” with my daughters. If you’ve never seen the movie, I highly recommend it. It’s about a racecar who finds himself in a small town on his way to fame-and-fortune. His experience in Radiator Springs changes his entire outlook on life.

I had seen the movie before, and enjoyed it… but last night I saw it with a new perspective, due to our experience living here in Warden. So many people have asked me, “so, how are you liking Warden?”. I keep answering with the same phrase: “We love it here!” And in most cases, that response is met with a quizzical expression, as if the person who asks is shocked that anyone could really enjoy living here if they weren’t born here.

Well, it’s true: we *do* love living here in Warden! Let me explain what I’m seeing with my “new eyes” of someone who wasn’t born and raised here…

For those who live “in town”, it’s very convienent. The school is just a few blocks away. The grocery store is a block away. The library is across the street from my home. If I really want a hamburger, and I don’t want to make it myself, there are at least three places within walking distance where I can get a very good burger.

The school itself is a God-send for our family. We had previously homeschooled our daughters because we were sure that we could do a good job with them (and frankly, some of the reports we’d heard from parents in our previous communities didn’t inspire much confidence in those schools). However, the Warden School is pretty great! It’s small enough to where we feel we can get to know many of the teachers and students, but it’s large enough to have sports. It’s got lots of tradition of which to be proud and which can inspire our children, but it is willing to try new things to help its students reach their potential. The teachers and staff are not only dedicated professionals, but we’re glad to count some of them as our good friends.

Finally, the people here are wonderful. Of course I’m going to think that *you guys* are great; I’m so honored to be your pastor I can hardly stand it. But it’s not *just* you; the everyday people I meet here in Warden are something special, and I hope never to take it for granted. I’m looking forward to many more years of getting to know you all as a congregation, and the many interesting and special people in our town.

See you at the Corral… or T&C… or at one of the games at the school… Keep Following Jesus – Ed

Thinking about thinking… about “dead to sin”

λογίζομαι,v {log-id’-zom-ahee}
1) to reckon, count, compute, calculate, count over 1a) to take into account, to make an account of 1a1) metaph. to pass to one’s account, to impute 1a2) a thing is reckoned as or to be something, i.e. as availing for or equivalent to something, as having the like force and weight 1b) to number among, reckon with 1c) to reckon or account 2) to reckon inward, count up or weigh the reasons, to deliberate 3) by reckoning up all the reasons, to gather or infer 3a) to consider, take into account, weigh, meditate on 3b) to suppose, deem, judge 3c) to determine, purpose, decide – {{from}}

I’ve been processing through the idea in Romans 6:11-12 for the last few weeks. I’ve really been trying to chew through the meaning of “consider yourselves dead to sin”.

I find it somewhat interesting that I’m spending so mental thought on the process of mental thought itself – what does it mean to “consider” something? Especially when that something that I’m considering is my own death to sin.

Does anyone else see the inherent contradiction? If’ I’m considering myself as dead to sin, that means I’m mulling over my own sin in my mind, right? How can one who is truly dead be mulling over anything? Wouldn’t that person just be decomposing (if they’re truly dead)?

Ah, but that’s the whole of it… The process doesn’t just stop with the thinking phase; how you put that thinking (about being dead to sin) into action makes a big difference. I found that the Message translation by Peterson really put it into interesting perspective for me:

From now on, think of it this way: Sin speaks a dead language that means nothing to you; God speaks your mother tongue, and you hang on every word. You are dead to sin and alive to God. That’s what Jesus did.
That means you must not give sin a vote in the way you conduct your lives. Don’t give it the time of day. Don’t even run little errands that are connected with that old way of life. Throw yourselves wholeheartedly and full-time–remember, you’ve been raised from the dead!–into God’s way of doing things.
Sin can’t tell you how to live. After all, you’re not living under that old tyranny any longer. You’re living in the freedom of God.

(the Message, Romans 6:11-14)

I loved the phrase “don’t even run little errands” that are connected with sin! So, as you’re walking through the day today (this week, this month, etc.), remember to be conscious of the little “errands” that might be tempting you to sin. Instead, say to yourself “I’m dead to sin… and alive in Christ”. Then consider what life-related thing you’re to be doing instead.

It’s made a huge difference in my quality of life!

Pastor Ed Backell

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