While it has been a year since I needed to move near my daughters for health reasons, I dearly miss and remember the relationships with RLC people for whom I loved and felt blessed. It was a joy to be a part of a team that served so willingly and fully.
You now face a new time and a challenge as you discern God’s will for RLC mission and ministry as you wait for the Pastor God intends for you. I would not meddle with my thoughts and prayers for you, but I offer this as you pray, wait, and trust.
I am mindful of 1 Corinthians 1:4-9 – “I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that was given you in Christ Jesus, that in every way you were enriched in Him in all speech and all knowledge-even as the testimony about Christ was confirmed among you-so that you are not lacking in any gift, as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will sustain you to the end, guiltless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.”
RLC has a legacy of mission mindedness. Forward looking to creative witness and sharing your faith in places and among people that have been drawn by your love, compassion, and faith. God has blessed RLC to thrive, grow, and deepen Gospel living and truth telling.
St. Paul wrote those words two thousand years ago. Corinth stood at the crossroads of a flourishing culture critically positioned at the crossroads of commerce. Cary is known for its growth, technological development, and in an epicenter of diverse educational opportunities. Corinth still exists today and was indeed a beehive of commercial activity.
But Corinth was also a magnet for disagreements and selfish behavior. In fact, in those days, if you used the expression that a particular person "acted like a Corinthian," this meant that person was very crude and immoral. And for that reason the city of Corinth of 2,000 years ago has a lot to say to us today. Due to lack of morality, families were often broken and it was not unusual for friends to turn on each other and become suspicious of one another. We find these challenges in our everyday life.
It was during these difficult conditions the apostle Paul wrote words of encouragement and hope to the community of Grecian Christians. The apostle encouraged these people by reminding them, "God is faithful." With this pointed statement and promise of the Lord in those days, Paul lifted up the weary, strengthened the weak, and gave hope to the dying. He spoke of hope in dark times. As you pray for a pastor who will further the Gospel ministry of love and truth, I can assure you that you are in my prayers and know how easy it is to get caught up with our own needs rather than asking God what He needs for his people. The first of the 95 theses of Luther was ‘repent’! Jesus called disciples to repent. It means turn from your own mindset and examine your heart and then seek God’s heart and mind for you which is full of grace and love. Pray with and for one another, worship God who blesses you to be a blessing to others. Go then with a contented heart and rest. Reflect on all the great things God has done for you and for RLC, a strong Gospel-centered church writing new chapters on your history.
I commend to you the type of uplifting and encouraging message still applies to you at this hour. While you are at a crossroad and feel some have let you down and disappointment creeps in. Remember, God is always faithful. In Jesus Christ, God is the one you can always count on. Just as the writer to the Hebrews conveyed when he penned God's message to us, "I will never leave you nor forsake you" (Hebrews 13:5b).
And you can count on that. Remembering you in heart and mind.
Pastor emeritus Jim Knuth