The world is full of distractions. From binging on Netflix to doom-scrolling on your favorite social media channel, distractions are everywhere. They can provide a healthy respite when we need a break from the constant pressure to perform, succeed or to “show up”. Distractions can also provide handy excuses for not focusing on the Main Thing. Watching reruns of I Love Lucy isn’t such a good idea if you are procrastinating starting an important project or completing an unpleasant task.
Distractions can happen in our spiritual journey, too. We can focus time and attention on minor theological disagreements (like the Samaritan women), or fuss about the details of a social event (perhaps like Martha). Jesus’ biographers mention multiple occasions when He had to point His followers away from trivial matters that were distracting them from focusing on the Main Thing.
The “distraction” problem plagued the first century Church, too. This Sunday, we’ll be continuing our summer sermon series focusing on the New Testament book of Colossians. Some of the first century believers in Colossae were being distracted by those who wanted to “get down into the weeds” on complex theological matters, and were losing sight of the Main Thing.
Come join together with fellow-travelers this Sunday at Trinity Downtown as we continue our study of Colossians. Come learn how placing your suffering, distractions, hopes, fears, uncertainties and doubts in the hands of the Lord can lessen our stress load and bring deep transformation in our hearts. Celebrate with us the depth of Jesus’ love for us and find out how you can live a life of significance, filled with meaning. Discover how following Jesus can help you and your family navigate around the minefields of life. I promise you it will make a tremendous difference in your life.
An Update on Pastor Black
As you may know, Pastor Black was hospitalized early this week with a COVID infection. He remains stable and his medical team is providing the appropriate treatments. On Tuesday, lab results showed the presence of a salmonella infection, so he’s now on an antibiotic for fourteen days. Pastor Black remains very weak and doesn’t have much of an appetite, but he is working with a physical therapist on a daily basis. Please pray wisdom for his medical team, the return of his appetite so that he can become stronger as well as for his complete recovery. Audrey, Linda, Mark, Ann, and Greg appreciate all the prayers being lifted up for Pastor Black during this time and for all the calls, texts, and emails they have received.