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The Alternate Route

Hello Friends,

Take the Alternate Route

This week the city has put out their best signage in the area of Eola Road basically telling you that you’re going to have to take an alternate route.  The remaining main routes up to the church building will be closed, or at best “one way” throughout the summer.  No matter which road you think is best as an alternate, I’m looking forward to seeing you at the top.

Yes, that’s right… I’m using something so common as summer road construction as the springboard into a life application.  I can’t help it.  Everywhere I turn, I see stuff like this.  The Holy Spirit is always trying to show me something.

God’s Word and His daily interaction with you and me are filled with what you might call “alternate route” stories.  Think your way through the people you meet when you read your Bible and you’ll come up with a whole list of such stories.  Everybody from Noah to Abraham, Moses and Joshua, David, Peter, Paul, and a hundred others were guided in new and different directions than they were planning on their own.

Do you understand why the Bible is the story of the alternate route?  Redeeming love, that’s why.  It’s because our lives and our way through life absolutely must be guided in a new way.  Our natural choices and habitual behaviors lead us over a cliff of consequences.  You don’t want to travel in that direction anymore, now that you have received Jesus as your Savior and Lord, right?  Romans 6:23 puts it in these shocking words, “…the wages (payout or payday) of sin is death, but the gift from God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  Wages, of course, is what you receive as the payday for work you have done.

God knows all about the alternate route.  He invented it.  Consider Romans 5:8, “…but God shows His love for us, in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us.”  Throughout your life as a believer in Jesus, He will work all day to lead you to His alternate route.  In recent prayer times when we have gathered as a church I’ve had the privilege of praying an “alternate-route prayer” over a number of us who have come under conviction from the Holy Spirit that a different route is needed.  I’m so excited by what the Lord is doing among us.

So, watch the signs.  Read the Word He sends you, and I’ll see you at the top.

Along the way with you,

Pastor Rich Marshall