Rev Todd Venman
Jesus said “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” Mark 4:40 (NIV)
With disappointment I look into the eyes of my Savior hearing those words in times I allowed the cares of this world to overwhelm my thoughts. Anxiety and faith are polar opposites in the Christian life. However, I fondly re-live times when faith was high and the smile of God was bright.
As a Conference we have seen the face of God smile in our times of faith. I genuinely love being apart of a body that loves God and takes steps of faith believing that “He rewards those who earnestly seek him” (Hebrews 11:6 NIV). His rewards rarely match the earthly rewards that are promoted or sought. Instead, His rewards are of sanctuary, peace of mind and joy in a chaotic, selfish and uncaring world. God’s delight is to see the “chief end of man” lived out as we “glorify God and enjoy Him forever.”
2 Corinthians 4:16-18: Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. (NIV)
We live in exciting days in the CCCC as we watch God retool and revive His work in our Conference. We enjoy God’s bright smile, the guidance of the Holy Spirit and the authority and strength of our Savior. It is not for our comfort and delight that He is working among us. He isn’t trying to build name recognition or branding that gives churches security or platform. He’s building a kingdom and we have the unique opportunity to ally our resources for His delight. In faith and obedience we joyfully follow.
Todd Venman, Conference President