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Last evening I received a phone call from a friend who said he wanted to make sure I was doing well.

He was concerned that I might be discouraged following some things that were said by people we both know at a church we attend.

I suppose if I wasn't so driven by what I think God wants me to do I would have reason to be upset by those people. I view my church relations a little differently than most. For you see:

God is my connection to the church.
The church is not my connection to God.
Some may find this difficult to understand.

Some may even think this is wrong or at least ill-advised.

I've come to the place in my life where church is my ministry and I make every attempt to be a producer of ministry and not a consumer. That philosophy requires a person to focus a great amount of attention toward God and to spend time with Him in prayer, study and meditation. It's a real commitment that requires determination.

Many people get caught in a maze of confusion as they spend more time, energy and attention with church friends and very little, by comparison, with God. And then, when any misunderstandings occur they become large issues because they're so disruptive.

Our connection to Jesus should be so strong as to automatically help us keep everything else in perspective.

If I'm misunderstood at church, I can make amends and can repair relationships with no damage to my courage and zeal for the Lord.

God never criticizes us. He never says things behind our backs.

When friendships are challenged by crises, our whole life is disrupted. When our friendships on earth are secondary, and Jesus is primary, these challenges don't penetrate and affect us in the same way.

When some people get upset with a friend at church, they boycott church meetings. It brings us back in order to serve God in a capacity appropriate for our talents and skills.


I suppose if I wasn't so driven by what I think God wants me to do I would have reason to be upset by those people. I view my church relations a little differently than most. I've come to the place in my life where church is my ministry and I make every attempt to be a producer of ministry and not a consumer. God never criticizes us. When some people get upset with a friend at church, they boycott church meetings.

Church, Pastor Wilbur Outten