Oct
17
October 17
Wednesday 11:00 AM
Minneapolis: Main Sanctuary- Minneapolis Campus
Oct
21
October 21
Sunday 8:30 AM
This is for communion that takes place at either campus
Minneapolis: Serley Chapel
Oct
21
October 21
Sunday 9:00 AM
Sunday
~Sermon: Pastor
~Music:
~Communion: 8:30am & 12:45pm
~Sunday Church School: 9,10,11
~The Way: 9,10,11
~Nursery: 9,10,11


Minneapolis: Main Sanctuary- Minneapolis Campus
Oct
21
October 21
Sunday 12:45 PM
This is for communion that takes place at either campus
Minneapolis: Serley Chapel
Oct
24
October 24
Wednesday 11:00 AM
Minneapolis: Main Sanctuary- Minneapolis Campus

Not Be Afraid

On May 19, PASTOR HOGENSON underwent a planned exploratory surgery to determine the cause of pain in his throat. As a result of this surgery, it has been determined that he has an inoperable brain tumor.

I have a brain tumor. I don’t know any other way to say it. In the past several months, I have been experiencing pain when speaking.   I saw a doctor, took the prescribed medication for my sore throat and then didn’t really think much about it. After the pain didn’t resolve, my doctors suggested comprehensive testing and an exploratory surgery to discern the cause. Th­e cause was not what I hoped for. I have an inoperable brain tumor.

As a pastor, I have walked through similar situations with families over the years and I have seen people go through tremendous challenges and adversity with a peace that shines through them. And, after nearly 30 years in ministry, I am convinced that this is the peace and comfort that only faith can bring.

One of my favorite Bible verses is “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me,” (Philippians 4:13) and I am reminded and renewed that Christ is in us, at all times, in all ways, even when we don’t understand it. Over the past few weeks, Ruth and I have asked several questions – including “what if it’s …?” or “what should we do with this experience?” But I am so grateful that I have never, not once, asked “why me?” I am grateful for my faith.

For those of you who are reading through the Bible, you probably look forward to the Psalms – “the center of the book,” our halfway point and the largest book in the Bible. And without spoiling it, Psalms is chock-full of questions – even the question “why me?” I want you to know, that’s okay. It’s okay to ask questions. It is okay to pray, even when you don’t have the words. God dwells in each one of us through our baptismal promise. God is not afraid of questions, because God is the answer.

Questions and fear are two different things, but God is the answer to both. “Be not afraid” is mentioned in the Bible more than 365 times – that’s at least one for every day! In virtually every story we are reminded to trust in God and that God is with us at all times and in all ways. Let us continue to look upward, travel onward, and not be afraid.

– PASTOR HOGENSON

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