Pastor Perspective

Pastor Paul Mattson

July 2018

. . in Pastor’s Perspective:

One of my favorite Christian authors is Max Lucado. His writings often “preach” to this preacher. Below is a piece that spoke to me from a daily devotional I am using this year, “Grace for the Moment” Volume II. 

“The Intersection of Love” 

“Though He was crucified in weakness, yet He lives by the power of God” 2 Corinthians 13:4 

The cross. Can you turn any direction without seeing one? Perched atop a chapel. Carved into a graveyard headstone. Engraved in a ring or suspended on a chain. The cross is the universal symbol of Christianity. An odd choice, don’t you think? 

Strange that a tool of torture would come to embody a movement of hope. The symbols of oth-er faiths are more upbeat: the six-pointed star of David, the crescent moon of Islam, the lotus blossom for Buddhism. 

Yet a cross for Christianity? An instrument of execution? … 

Why is the cross the symbol for our faith? To find the answer, look no further than the cross itself. Its design could be no simpler. One beam horizonal—the other vertical. One reaches out—like God’s love. The other reaches us—as does God’s holiness. One represents the width of his love; the other reflects the height of his holiness. 

The cross is the intersection. The cross is where God forgave his children without lowering his standards. (excerpt from the book “He Chose the Nails”) 

Summer blessings—in the cross of Christ! Pastor Paul 

FYI—At the present time, we are looking into Max Lucado’s book and small group study enti-tled “Grace” to be the focus of our congregational learning event this Fall. More info to come!