Lead Pastor Michael J. Paris

 

A child of God, Husband of Sue, Father, Grandfather, Pastor and friend.  Pastor Mike longs to lead men and women to live like they are God’s most treasured possession and grow in their faith all for the Glory of Him who is the Author and Finisher of our Faith.

 

Hey Church –
 
     The season we have been in feels very much like an oppressive imprisonment. We have been “stuck” here for the last 6
months and we feel like we need to escape. Friends, you are not alone in that feeling to make a “run for the border” to
freedom, to fresh air, to finally living again! The Book of Exouds is a similar account of people yearning to be free! We will
spend the next few months considering the book of Exodus during our large group meetings online and in-person.
     
     Terry Muck (General Editor, The Book of Exodus (The Old Testament Library) says,
     “[Exodus] is a story made even more gripping because its underlying theme– leaving an unacceptable situation in search
of a better one – is one to which we can all relate. Indeed, one might say that life itself is precisely such a journey. We
undertake countless journeys, large and small, in search of life abundant.”
     These countless, private exoduses are anything but certain as to their outcome. When we first undertake them and as we
undergo them, we do not know if we will succeed. Sometimes we know the destination, but often we don’t. Sometimes
we know the route, but often we are reduced to aimless wandering. We exit from a known evil in search of an unknown
good.
     … the meaning we seek in the Exodus and in our exoduses has special features.
      (1) Life is dynamic. We are meant to move. Or, more accurately perhaps, we are meant to stay rooted in our
sufferings. It is okay to try to escape persecution, to seek better conditions elsewhere. God is not a sadist,
gleefully pulling wings off insects or angels or people. We are meant to fly to seek God’s will and God’s
blessings. It is true that we will likely experience some sufferings and persecution for our faith. But God does
not require either that we seek suffering or that we passively endure it, if and when it comes. The Exodus is
not a once-for-all historical oddity but part of the Christian lifestyle.
      (2) Our exodus is uncertain – at least in the details. We move not knowing everything about reasons, the
journey, or the destination. The details of Moses’ exodus only become clear in light of the life of Jesus Christ
hundreds of years later. The details of our exoduses may only become clear in the future, in the events of the
move itself or even later. If we wait until we know all the details, we will probably never go. True exodus
required faith.
     (3) Because of our faith we can be sure there is meaning in our moving even when it is not entirely clear to us.
Part of the meaning is a confidence that our lives are of a single piece. Often our reluctance is rooted in an
exodus’s strangeness. It doesn’t seem to fit the trajectory of our life. But that it is often part of what we
cannot see – how it does fit. Exodus leads to more life, not less, more exodus means more meaning.”
     Did you catch that? “More exodus means more meaning” or you might say, “the more we move, the more we learn” –
about God, about ourselves, about the gospel, and about life. I want us to grow and change together and that will
involve forward movement according to God’s will. So let’s saddle up and ride out with God! I am looking forward to
seeing the progress that God has for us as a congregation in these days ahead!
 
Blessings, Pastor Mike @ pastormike33@yahoo.com, 607.220.9911, 38 Genesee St, Attica NY 14011