June 2020

Most of my life has been spent in small towns surrounded by farms. Although it didn’t happen every year, it was not unusual to get a late hail storm that would wipe out some of the crops. The easy thing for the farmer to do would be to collect on the crop insurance, sell the farm, and move on to something else. Most of the time, however, the farmer would either try to salvage what was left or replant.

Covid-19, social injustice, and economic turmoil has been a “hail storm”
that has wiped out many businesses, churches, and even lives. As churches begin to regather they are faced with some challenges. There is a segment of the population that is checking out of church life. Some, for good reason, are trying to protect an already vulnerable health condition. But some have stopped going because of fear. Others have stopped attending because not going to church has become their new normal. They have gotten out of the discipline, and it is just easier to stay home. Congregations can decide to either fold up and quit (sell the
farm), try to salvage what is left, or replant.

What will Scotsdale do? We will work to salvage and replant, but we will
NOT quit! Right now while we are getting the field ready the Lord has allowed us to plant some seed, and we have already seen some signs of a harvest (guests visiting, and one salvation). Galatians 6:9-10 is appropriate—“Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary. 10 So then, while we have the opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith.” Let’s regroup, roll up our sleeves, and go to work!


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