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One of the recurring thoughts I have is how difficult it is to reach lost people. It seems like the evil one has everything going his way. People are so busy pursuing their next purchase or career advancement that they can’t be bothered to think about spiritual things. Their spare time is focused on trying to find happiness in recreation, in how great their children are doing in sports, or in finding new ways to relax. How can we reach people who seem impossible to reach? 

Isaiah 59:1 says, Behold, the Lord's hand is not shortened, that it cannot save, or his ear dull, that it cannot hear… 

God’s hand is not so small or short that He cannot save. Isn’t this great news? God is still able. He sees. He hears. He still has the power to draw people to Himself in ways we don’t understand. His love hasn’t withered and died. His Spirit is still working.   

Who do you think about when you think about someone who seems too far away or too lost? Think of that person and then think about the verse. God’s hand, the same hand that reached out and saved you and me, is not too short to save them.    

I hope and pray that Mountainview is made up of people who believe in the power of God and the message of Christ Jesus. Let’s be willing to make ourselves uncomfortable for the sake of reaching others. Let’s be a church concerned about reaching those far from Jesus, including our own children and grandchildren.    

I hope and pray Mountainview would be a place where some of our traditions and cultural preferences can be set aside to reach lost people. I hope you understand what that means. The Gospel is too important and too beautiful… Our mission is too urgent and time is too limited to stand in the way of God’s work.   

God’s hand is not too short to reach those who seem so far away. Let’s pray and partner with God in how His hand is at work in the lives of people around us.    

This Sunday, we will take another look at Born for This. So far, we have talked about how we are born for true purpose, for real relationships, for living generously, and for loving abundantly. This Sunday we’ll tackle another challenging aspect. It is something we all need to be reminded of again and again. I hope you’ll join us at 9:00 or 10:40 am.   

Grace & Peace,

Pastor Tom