Many, many years ago I wrote a paper for one of my high school english classes. I am not sure what the assignment was but I chose to write about some of the televangelists of the day (late 80’s) and how they were warping the message of the gospel and preying on people for their money. I have always resisted any type of ministry that even came close to what they seemed to be about. There is a passage in the gospels where Jesus speaks rather harshly and directly to those spiritual leaders who lead people astray. “If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.” (NIV Matthew 18:6)
Generations ago my family owned a grist mill. I know what a millstone looks like. I do not swim well on my own…let alone with a large stone hung around my neck. This passage has always served to give me pause as I step into the pulpit, stand in front of a group to speak, or meet with someone for coffee to talk about life. I understand the calling. I understand the responsibility and I do not ever want to do anything to lead someone astray.
For a long time I have resisted anything that even remotely looks like the televangelists of the past (or present). I have always believed it would be a great idea to record our worship services to make them available to those who cannot join us on a Sunday morning. Recently I have become convinced it would be just as easy to provide them as videos, rather than simply audio recordings. We are starting to dabble in the what it means to provide our worship services for people outside our church and the wider community.
We believe God is doing great things in our midst and want to share that with others. Our prayer is that in some small way God may use these videos to help people pursue an ever deepening relationship with Abba Father. If God uses them to draw you closer to the one who can grant us peace that passes all understanding in the midst of the chaos of life then we simply say, “Amen”.