“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.” (Hebrews 12:1)“I’m a runner, by the way,” Tad McIntosh, one of our elders, mentions as he referenced Hebrews 12:1.
“In a race, you have to look forward, you have to keep your eyes on what’s ahead. In faith, that’s Jesus.” As things have been turned upside down in this new season, Tad has been clinging to the promise of Christ that encourages him to look forward towards freedom.
He continued to talk about how God had been reminding him of the Israelites and their journey as they escaped bondage in Egypt. They grumbled and looked back wanting things to return back to normal. “It reminds me of where we are now as we talk about going back to normal, but I don’t think we should be looking back,” Tad describes. “God is inviting us to be transformed with new hearts, new minds, and new habits.”
As we wade through this unprecedented season, our elders have been ceaselessly praying for our family of churches and how to best live into our mission of leading all generations to be transformed followers of Jesus, for the flourishing of our city and beyond. On Saturday, they grabbed their gloves and face masks and safely gathered together to package food boxes. “It was so grounding,” Tad describes. “This is living into to vision of HP Pres to be salt and light in our city.”
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