Desperate Times

We’ve all heard the phrase.  “Desperate times call for desperate measures.”  It’s generally used to defend some extreme action that may be called into question.  Sometimes it’s a motivator for someone to act outside their comfort zone.  Regardless of the reasoning, the axiom is still true.

I’m considering this especially today with all of the issues we face as a nation, but also as followers of Jesus.  Now that I’ve spent a little more than a half century whirling around on this little blue ball we call Earth I’m trying to remember when so many things were on our “urgency” radar.
Foreign political powers are flexing their muscles, influenza has made it’s way to the front page of the world’s media, the U.S. Government has gotten into the automobile business, and still the enemployment numbers are in double digits.  Yet I have to ask myself, are these any different times than we’ve ever faced as the human race.  Winston Churchill used the term, “sterner times”.  Certainly these are “stern times”, but are they unusual times?  Moreover, are they “desperate times”?
It was in just such a time that the Church of Jesus Christ was established.  The politicians of the day were seeking ways to expand governmental influence, while at the same time covertly plotting an over-throw of the emporer.  Foreign armies where mounting assaults, taxes were being levied on the working class to expand the military and other endeavors, and personal and civil liberties were being undermined if not altogether destroyed.  And yet the Body of Christ continued to expand.  The influence of the Gospel moving around the world at an unprecedented rate.
What made the difference between despair and victory?  It was the dependence of the early believers on the supernatural hand of God to intervene in their natural world.  They had witnessed the Resurrected Christ and thus began to believe that he could do anything.  Surely this God that was born of a virgin and raised from the grave could handle the issues of their mortal lives.  Calling on Him was not a daily ritual of methodical virtuous living, but was rather an acknowledgement of their dependence for that “Daily Bread” upon which they must live.
Each time Believers realize the need for rescue from desperate times, they call out to their God and He hears and answers.  The words of Jeremiah 29 continue to ring true, “…when you seek me with your whole heart.”  Let us not be lulled into believing that we have been living in security.  We must daily be “desperate” for the Bread that does not perish and that only He can provide because He is that Bread.  Let us believe Him each day in desperation to do what only He can do.
Love God, preach the Gospel, heal the sick.
Pastor Gary & Gayle began their life journey together on March 22, 1977. Growing up in the same church and going to the same school they were truly “high school sweethearts”. They now share this journey with their 3 daughters, Katrina, Stephanie, and Allison. On their honeymoon they had what would come to be the earmark experience of their life and ministry. Through a set of unfortunate circumstances they met a young woman that had walked away from the Lord, and on their honeymoon they were able to lead both her and her roommate back to Jesus. Pastor Gary & Gayle have pursued a life of obedience to the call of God that has led them through many youth ministry positions, and evangelistic ministry, a senior pastorate in Southern Idaho, and then to the current assignment of church planters in Southeast Portland. Their ministry is marked by a deep sense of committment to entertain the presence of the Holy Spirit, rely on His supernatural enabling, and place ministry opportunities into the hands of the believers.

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