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The Harder Road
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The Harder Road
by Keith O.

Next week I'll be arriving in Papenburg, Germany early on a Sunday
morning. So I decided to look for a Reformed or Baptist church to
visit in the town where I will be staying. No luck. Well, I did find
two churches. But when I looked deeper at these two churches I
discovered that they lacked good biblical leadership and solid
biblical doctrine. That's too bad. Unlike these churches in Papenburg,
we at Pinelands are very blessed by God with biblical leadership and
doctrine and the Pastoral Search Committee's goal is to preserve that
blessing by taking..."the harder road".

Taking the harder road is not usually my first choice. I too often
choose the path of least resistance. But as I grow older I'm learning
more and more that the harder road is worth it in the end. Besides,
the Lord calls us to the harder road. Doesn't he? Jesus never took
short cuts. He chose the harder road. He chose obedience and duty. He
endured temptation, humiliation, rejection, the wrath of God the
Father and the brutality of the cross. "He humbled himself and became
obedient to death, even death on a cross!" (Phil. 2:8). The search for
a qualified, biblically fit pastor for Pinelands may, at times, appear
as a difficult process. But in light of such sacrifice from the Lord,
it's not even close to difficult.

We, as a pastor search committee, are praying for the Lord's leading
in our decision. Sure, we could easily find a pastor for Pinelands by
next week and be done with it. But wouldn't that be the easy road?
Yes. We are choosing the harder road for a reason. And why? Well,
because it will pay off in the end. The Lord will bless our efforts.

I can say without a doubt that each member of the committee is
diligently working and praying, with joy, to accomplish the task to
which we have been assigned. We seek a result that will honor God,
reach our neighbors and build this local assembly we call Pinelands.
Finding the right pastor for our church takes work. But it's a vital
part of maintaining a church that is blessed by God. The last thing I
would ever want to see happen is for this city to end up with only a
couple of churches that are weak and without proper leadership and
doctrine. Taking the harder road and trusting in God's guidance will
prevent that. Let's all work hard together to make Pinelands the kind
of church that a complete stranger, even one from Germany, could look
up and say " I think I'll join them for church while I'm here".

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Blog Item9/18/12 11:06 AM
Jerri Crews  Contact via emailFind all comments by Jerri Crews
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Just a note to thank all of you for your diligence, patience, dedication and service. It has not gone unnoticed and is very much appreciated. God will reveal His man in His time and as we know He has already chosen who it will be and now it is your job to seek him out (no small task). Keep up the good work and God bless you all.
With love, Grandma Jerri

Blog Item9/17/12 9:32 PM
Olga Sanz  Find all comments by Olga Sanz
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Like you the harder road isn't my first choice. But the road we're on leads to the man the Lord has waiting in the wings. I'm blessed beyond measure because I couldn't have chosen a better group to be on the harder road with.

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Leslie Aquart | Miami  Contact via emailFind all comments by Leslie Aquart
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Well said, Keith! Yes, we are on the hard road, but it will not be without great reward. The Lord has plans for Pinelands! Anything worth having is worth fighting for, and that's where we the trenches, searching for the one whom the Lord has already chosen. Praise Him!

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