We believe in the Holy Spirit: Jesus said,
“The Spirit of truth lives with you and shall be in you.”
Two congregants share turning points in their life with Christ:
Megan Misiewicz: If God is omnipotent, why does evil exist? This haunting question has spurred years of serious study, but despite some interesting food for thought, the search has been largely unsatisfying. And then two years ago, I heard a sermon on the raising of Lazarus. I had never noticed the implications of Jesus’ response to the sisters. They lament, “If you had only been here, Lazarus would not have died.” In turn, Christ does not explain the death with a pithy statement about the necessity of pain for growth. Nor does he justify himself as having a superior view of the bigger picture. Instead, Christ weeps and then raises Lazarus from the dead. In other words, Jesus turns our understanding of the impossible on its head. Since that day, I have found my faith looking forward to a future justice that gives me hope. As one theologian, Richard Bauckham, has written, the resurrection “bursts open … nature and history, promising an overwhelming good … that will not leave out the dead. Closure—meaning a final satisfactory resolution of the problem of God’s goodness in the world—is found in trust and hope, not in some explanation of the world that makes sense of evil.”
Ryan Manheimer: A question sits at the center of every man’s heart. “Do I have what it takes?” I needed to hear my father say, “Yes, you have what it takes. I am proud of you son.” My father’s actual answer was quite the opposite. As my wedding approached, I felt orphaned. Mom was dead and Dad wanted nothing to do with me. My heart despaired, “I am an orphan.” I read Matthew 3:17—and behold, a voice from heaven said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.” I wept. The Father told Jesus He was proud of him! Could He say the same of me? God the Father is my Father (See Romans 8:14-17). While the situation with my early father remains a source of suffering, God fathers me. The Book of Proverbs contains a father’s wisdom to his son. God has providentially brought godly men into my life to be father figures. Heavenly Father, teach me to be a godly man, a godly husband, and—perhaps one day—a godly father. Amen.