Faith Essentials – “fix your eyes on Jesus”

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.

Hebrews 12:1-2

Here’s an interesting thing. When my wife Rebekah looks into a camera she actually sees a room full of church-goers in there! Some people (even preachers) talk into a camera and you can tell by their eyes they are having a hard time connecting; but somehow with Rebekah it’s as if there are hundreds of people filling the pews. Or – when you view one of her daily devotions – just you, one-on-one, sharing a moment.

I mentioned the other day that next Sunday we will be taking an important step towards in-person worship by going live. That makes this Sunday – earlier today – hopefully the last time our worship – other than the occasional musical element – will be pre-recorded.

– serving communion

So Thursday afternoon I went to church with Rebekah and managed to grab these images of the recording session. You will likely notice the new plexiglass lectern on the communion table. I think the move is a great idea – neither the formality of the oversized oak pulpit nor the more casual seated approach.

The message – “Cloud of Witnesses,” well worth listening to – was simply this: “Keep your eyes fixed on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith.”

Jesus is, always has been, and always will be, the most appropriate focus of our best intentions – especially during this hard to navigate time in our history.

author/photographer Derek Maul

If Jesus is not your North Star, then take this opportunity to fix your eyes on him. It is a decision you will never regret.

Jesus is God’s most compelling invitation. – DEREK

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