Jesus on Service: A New Way of Thinking

When it came to the teachings of Jesus, he often left his listeners scratching their heads.

But more than that, Jesus wanted those who heard his words to examine their hearts.

When it comes to the topic of service, Matthew 20:20-28 reveals how Jesus took an opportunity to teach his disciples who different things are in the kingdom of God as compared to the culture they lived in.

Here’s the set up for this passage:

Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee came up to him with her sons, and kneeling before him she asked him for something. And he said to her, “What do you want?” She said to him, “Say that these two sons of mine are to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your kingdom.” (Matthew 20:20-21)

So, what’s going on here?

Essentially, an ambitious mom is asking Jesus to place her sons, identified as James and John, in the positions of power and authority.

Hey, what mom doesn’t want the best for her sons?

Now, when it comes to many of His conversations, Jesus is known for asking thought-provoking questions. And here in verse 22, Jesus turns his attention toward the two men and offers this:

Jesus answered, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I am to drink?” They said to him, “We are able.” 

What an expression! “Are you able to drink the cup that I am to drink?”

What does Jesus mean by this?

Simply put, Jesus is asking them if they are willing to follow Him on the path that leads to suffering and death.

When I think about their response, I really have to wonder if they had any idea what Jesus was talking about!

Notice what Jesus says next in verse 23:

He said to them, “You will drink my cup, but to sit at my right hand and at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared by my Father.”

Each of the disciples, except for John would go on to die a martyr’s death.

John would eventually live in exile on an Greek Island called Patmos.

Jesus knew this, and thus He was able to affirm that these two disciples would follow in his footsteps.

Now, verse 24 reveals that the word about this power grab was getting out among the other disciples:

And when the ten heard it, they were indignant at the two brothers.

This scene reminded me of how growing up my sisters always remembered to call out “Shotgun!” when the family loaded into the car. For some reason, I always forgot.

The other ten disciples were upset because James and John, by way of their mother, were essentially calling “shotgun” in Jesus’ kingdom.

And rather than say, “Good for you,” they instead cried out, “Not fair!”

Here’s a takeaway from all this commotion: selfishness will only lead to dissension and division.

No wonder one of Jesus’ highest values for his disciples was unity.

Well, this uproar among His men led Jesus to offer one His most important teaching sessions among his disciples:

But Jesus called them to him and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. (Matthew 20:25)

Essentially, Jesus was affirming the fact that “out there” in the normal course of life, people pursue power and prominence because it means they get to call the shots and be in charge.

It’s pretty typical to want to be the one who has other people doing our bidding.

But then Jesus utters seven eye-opening words at the beginning of verse 26 that were meant to bring the disagreement among the disciples to an end:

“It shall not be so among you.”

Boom!

In a matter of a few words, Jesus essentially tells his guys that when it comes to the operations of His kingdom, things are going to look a lot different from the kingdoms they have been used to observing!

And then Jesus offers the heart of his teaching in verses 26-28:

But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be your slave, even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

This is revolutionary, isn’t it?

We might say that Jesus teaching here is upside-down and inside-out!

The question is this: will we embrace what Jesus is telling us about being part of His Kingdom?

Are we ready to think differently than the world around us?

What’s in a Name?

Kurt coke“It ain’t what they call you, it’s what you answer to.” – W.C. Fields

For the most part, I’ve sworn off soda.

After a few years of weaning myself off pop, it’s come to the place where I really can’t stomach the idea of chugging carbonated sugar water.

Meaning, I’m no longer tempted to partake.

Every once in a while I’ll have some because it’s the only thing offered.

Otherwise, it’s usually just water for me.

Yet, a week or so ago while in a grocery store in Seward, Alaska, I saw a display for Coca-Cola loaded with special bottles emblazoned with people’s names.

(Perhaps you’ve seen this marketing ploy. May I just say I believe it is pure genius.)

One bottle was turned around so the name was concealed, so in an act of orderliness, I turned it around to face forward.

Lo and behold, this bottle of Cherry Coke proclaimed my name. What are the odds?

In a moment, I wondered to myself, “Should I buy it? I mean, that’s my name! How often do you find your name adorning a bottle of Coke?”

Funny, I was tempted to buy a product I don’t use simply because my was name on it.

This reveals to me that our names mean something to us. They are part of our identity. They affirm our existence. Sometimes our names even hold special meaning.

This got me thinking about the names God gives his people.

For starters, God calls us his sons and daughters. We are his kids by way of spiritual adoption. John 1:12 says:

But to all who have received him–those who believe in his name–he has given the right to become God’s children.

Which provides us with a sense of security. See, there’s a huge difference between being a fostered child and an adopted child. An adopted child gains all the rights of a child born into a family naturally.

God also refers to us as new creatures. The idea being that in Christ we are regenerated.

Paul wrote:

Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. (2 Corinthians 5:17 NASB)

Shame and guilt love to tell us we can’t change, that we will always be who we are. But the Gospel declares that God can cause new growth where death once ruled.

Here’s one more name given to the follower of Jesus: friend.

Jesus declared in John 15:15:

I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. (ESV)

What a statement! Here Jesus tells his disciples that he considers them to be his friends, and as a proof of that friendship, he talks about how He fills them in on the things He has learned from his father.

When I think about these names that are applied to the believer, they seem to carry a lot more weight that a name on a soda bottle.

To be called a son or daughter of God gives me security.

To be described as a new creation offers me hope.

And to be named a a friend of Jesus provides me purpose and peace.

Ultimately, these are the names we will take into heaven.

They are the names that matter, more than any other name we might possess here on earth.

The nations will see your righteousness, And all kings your glory; And you will be called by a new name which the mouth of the LORD will designate. – Isaiah 62:2

 

 

 

Same Role, Different Plan

support shirt“Life is what happens to us while we are making other plans.”

Ever since last summer (2016) the plan was simple: My wife, Sara, and I would join our friend Corey as he attempted to complete the very first Alaskaman Extreme Traithlon.

Our job was to partner with Corey’s wife, Jen, as his support team. The reason Corey needed such a team is that, for the most part, Alaskaman athletes have very little support. It’s up to the competitor to supply his/her own support team to monitor nutrition and more.

So when July 13 2017 finally arrived, we all got up super early, lumbered onto a plane headed to Anchorage, and eventually took a rental car ride to the site of the race start in Seward.

The plan was in full motion. Until it wasn’t.

Two days before the event, Jen, (who has lived her entire life with Cystic Fibrosis) was attacked by an wicked infection. After checking in to the Seward ER, it was determined that the situation was of such concern that Jen needed to be transported ASAP to the hospital in Anchorage.

In a moment, our team goals switched from supporting Corey to doing all we could for Jen.

For Corey, it was obvious that his wife’s needs superseded his desire to compete. Once it was determined that Jen would have to spend a few days in Anchorage, he made the call to withdraw from the race.

For me and my wife, we had to simply say, “What do you guys need us to do? We were still a support crew, but we had a new focus.

(By the way, Jen stayed in the hospital for five days. She received great treatment and was released to continue her recovery at home in Idaho. She’s doing much better.)

I once heard someone say, “Do you want to make God laugh? Tell Him your plans.”

Now, there’s nothing wrong with laying out an agenda and having goals. But, if we cling to them too tightly, we may find ourselves in for a rough ride when they are altered.

The Bible says this:

The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps. (Proverbs 16:9 ESV)

I like the balance this verse provides. It’s normal to make plans for our day, our year or our life. But we would be wise to realize that God is not uninvolved in the trajectory of our existence.

To lay out our plans with no regard for God’s hand is to simply be prideful.

One of Jesus disciples, James, made this point when he wrote:

Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”— yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin. (James 4:13-17 ESV)

When we went to the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward to register for the triathlon, they game me a blue armband and a support member T-shirt.

Yep, that’s my T-shirt in the photo above.

One might say that since I wasn’t officially involved in the race, it wouldn’t make much sense to wear the t-shirt.

But as I see it, we definitely attempted to fill our roles as a support team. It was just for a different event that, although not a part of our plans, was definitely rooted in the plan of God.

“Blessed are the flexible for they shall not be bent out of shape.”

Memorial Message: Faith in Action

The following is the message I shared at a recent memorial service:

Jim was one of those “what you see is what you get” kind of guys.

He wasn’t about trying to be someone he was not.

The first time I talked with Jim at length was a year ago, at a church picnic.

Jim had heard that I had lived near Park City, UT, and being the avid skier that he was began to ask me if I skied.

Gladly for me, I was able to tell him that I did, and at that point I knew we had a small connection.

Obviously, the outdoors and recreation were big for Jim.

But there was more to Jim’s life beyond his pursuit of adventure.

One thing Jim’s family shared with me was that an event early in Jim’s life sent a spiritual ripple throughout his family:

When Jim was christened as a baby, the event had a huge impact upon his Grandfather, who decided to trust and pursue God.

Out of that initial moving of God upon Jim’s grandfather, the rest of the family including his children, aunts, uncles, nieces, grandchildren all followed into the faith.

Jim’s father, in fact, became a pastor.

Amazing how a small event could create such eternal impact!

It should make us think about the impact our life is having upon others…is our presence in the lives of others helping them become who they were created to be?

Jim had what I might call a “where the rubber meets the road” kind of faith.

He wasn’t a man of a lot of flowery words, but rather a man moved to action.

Jim’s family shared that if a need came across Jim’s path, he would very likely try and meet it.

He was very generous, often giving until it hurt.

It’s almost as if Jim had an internal code written upon his heart: faith means action.

Interesting the Bible tells us that to enter into a relationship with Jesus is not based on works, but on trust.

We aren’t called to earn salvation, but rather to simply receive it as a gift.

Yet, there is a passage in the Bible that I think matched Jim’s perspective of what it means to be in a relationship with Jesus. James 2:14-17 (ESV) says:

What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.

For Jim, being a practical, no-nonsense guy, this teaching would make absolute sense.

Real faith will produce tangible actions.

So, that’s how Jim approached things.

Jim was the kind of guy where you could see his faith displayed through is actions.

To him, that’s what mattered. Not just talking about what you believe, but acting upon it.

In the Bible there is a story about how Jesus healed ten men who suffered from leprosy, a disease that caused people to become social outcasts.

Of course, once they were freed from the social prison of their illness, each one of them got excited and ran off to re-connect with friends and family.

But, out of the ten, only one stopped in his tracks and went back to offer a word of thanks to Jesus.

My hunch is that Jim would be that kind of guy.

He did things because they were the right thing to do.

As a result, many were blessed by Jim’s attention and generosity.

Once again, the core of the Christian faith isn’t earning God’s favor through good works.

Over and over in the Bible the message of salvation is described as being a gift that can only be received through belief.

But what we do with that belief says a lot about what we believe.

Maybe that’s the challenge we need.

Perhaps we need to grapple with the question of what we believe?

Or if we have faith, maybe we need to think about how that faith shows itself in our daily life?

One thing is for sure…Jim and his kind, playful, generous and adventurous ways will be missed.

He was a unique person who made an imprint upon those who got to know him.

We thank God for his life and the impression he left on all of us.

My question is: what type of impression we leave in our passing?

 

Saved by Faith: What a Relief!

While in Alaska this month, I got to witness the swim transition section of the Alaskaman Extreme Triathlon.

This is the place where the athletes exit the swim section of the race and hop on their bikes.

Around 200 swimmers took to the waters of Resurrection Bay and swam a distance of 2.7 miles that ranged from 46-55 degrees.

They had 2 1/2 hours to accomplish the task. If they came in any later, they would be disqualified from the race.

I took this picture of the first person out of the water who was told that she did not make the cut:

Swim

Imagine the raw emotions that flowed at this moment.

The race official has to deliver the bad news. Does it sound like a fun job to tell someone who just spent a couple freezing hours in a briny bay that their race day is done?

And the athlete! Imagine how she feels after giving her “all,” only to be informed that her “all” wasn’t enough.

All in all, I’d chalk this up to being one uncomfortable conversation.

Which made me grateful to think how woven into the foundation of Christianity is this thing called “faith.”

The idea being that a relationship with God is not attained by works, or effort or merit.

Rather it is obtained via belief.

This is possible because Jesus is the one who conquered death and paid the price for our homecoming to heaven.

He won, so we win.

Paul put it plainly in Ephesians 2:8-9

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.

Think about those words: not by works.

This means, spiritually speaking, we don’t have to concern ourselves with cutoff times.

We don’t need to labor to gain God’s approval, because God approved His own Son.

Our job is to place our faith in the One who has already run the race, and proved to be victorious.

Another passage of scripture that affirms this truth is found in Titus 3:4-7:

But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit,  whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior,  so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.

Grace and faith are the two legs on which our relationship with God stands.

If we are in Jesus we are able, as the Bible says, to approach the throne of God with total confidence.

We don’t have to worry if our efforts are up to par.

Thinking back to the photo above, the race official was burdened with having to share some bad news.

But the gospel of God is nothing but good news.

It is a gospel not of tiresome activity, but rather a good news message of light, life, hope and purpose.

No wonder Jesus made such an inviting proclamation to all who would hear:

 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)

 

 

The Struggle: Selfishness vs. Service

John the Baptist was an extremely busy and popular minister for God.

He was well-known for his unique lifestyle and passionate proclamations regarding the kingdom of heaven.

People would travel out to the Jordan River to be baptized by the man who was known for his passion and commitment to God.

But then Jesus showed up.

And John realized that his role was supposed to change.

John revealed that he “got it” when he uttered these words in John 1:27:

“He is the one who comes after me, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie.” (NIV)

Later on, John would make this announcement:

“He must increase, but I must decrease.” John 3:30 (ESV)

Simply put, Christianity is a call to park our ego and embrace humility.

One time the well-known and extremely innovative missionary Hudson Taylor was being introduced at a Christian event.

The man who had the job of introducing Taylor described him as “Our illustrious guest.”

But when Taylor came up to the podium to begin his talk, he stated: “Dear friends, I am the little servant of an illustrious master.”

With the advent of the internet, and with it social media applications such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat, it has been said that we live in a time known as the “see-me” generation.

It seems that through these avenues of digital communication, we can pour a lot of energy into letting people know about our every move and every thought.

I don’t know if this is something to be proud of our not, but it was our generation that brought the world something known the selfie!

If we are pouring most of our attention upon ourselves, how will we ever find time to think about and serve someone else?

And if we are constantly paying attention to ourselves, how do we reconcile our actions with the words of the Bible that consistently call upon us to pursue the practice of servanthood?

Let me just say that I believe this is no small challenge.

This may be some of the toughest work we will have to do as a follower of Jesus!

Pretty much everyone is usually trying to climb UP the ladder of life rather than climb down it, right?

Yet, for the Christian, there is an aspect of the Christian life where we are to seek ways to become what I might call “downwardly directed!”

Rather than aspire to be the top dog, the believer is called upon to search for ways to serve and care and minister to others.

John Wesley made this point clear when he wrote:

One of the principal rules of religion is, to lose no occasion of serving God. And, since he is invisible to our eyes, we are to serve him in our neighbor; which he receives as if done to himself in person, standing visibly before us

This really does demand a change of mind and heart, doesn’t it?

From Served to Servant

Think on this: a Christianity that is devoid of any form of service is highly suspect.

Why? Because service is a core value of Christianity.

And yet, the idea of serving others isn’t really natural to us.

Most of us are not natural born servers, but instead we are natural born “servees.”

This means that we must learn about service and train ourselves (by means of God’s Word and God’s Spirit) to become servants.

For some of us…if not most of us…this will prove to be an uphill battle.

And yet, service is a core element of the Christian’s life curriculum.

So how we define this word service? The dictionary gives us a host of options.

Service defined:

  • Contribution to the welfare of others
  • The action of helping or doing work for someone
  • an act of helpful activity
  • Stepping up to meet a need

At any given time, there are needs all around us that beg to be met.

There are:

  • physical needs
  • financial needs
  • emotional needs
  • spiritual needs
  • relational needs

Yet, as is very common, very few people rise up to help meet the needs that constantly pop up around us.

In other words, we often feel that service is someone else’s job.

But when it comes to Jesus, the one person who is the embodiment of  Christianity, service is central to who He is and what He does.

Check out what Jesus said according to Luke 22:27

For who is the greater, one who reclines at table or one who serves? Is it not the one who reclines at table? But I am among you as the one who serves. (ESV)

Here, Jesus was pressing his disciples to view things from a new and different perspective.

He described a typical scene where one person is sitting at a table having a meal served to them by another person.

One person is relaxing and eating and enjoying.

The other person is working.

Which person would we most likely want to be? My guess is that we would rather be sitting down having our meal placed before us.

Yet Jesus makes this amazing statement that he hoped would sink into his disciple’s brains:

“But I am among you as the one who serves.”

Essentially, Jesus was saying that he relates more with the waiter.

So here’s the deal: human nature pushes us to not serve, but to be served.

Something in our mind tells us that it’s much better to be the boss than the grunt.

We also may like to be the center of attention.

Yet this too runs counter to the ethos of Christianity.

Like in many other areas of life, the believers mind and heart must be transformed.

As we pursue Christ, are challenged to think in new and different ways.

We must pursue to become more like Jesus, who declared to his disciples, “I didn’t come to be served but to serve.”

 

The Devotion Gap

This past week my favorite NBA team, the Utah Jazz, lost their best player to the Boston Celtics via free agency.

After seven years with the Jazz, Gordon Hayward left town for the big city and big bucks.

Now, as a sports fan, I understand how we sometimes can get a bit passionate for our teams and our players.

But what followed Hayward’s departure (which was not handled very smoothly) was somewhat embarrassing.

People took to the internet and blasted Hayward. They burned jerseys bearing his name. They called in to sports talk radio shows and vented their anger, pain and grief.

I was amazed how so much energy could be expended over the loss of a basketball player.

Which got me thinking.

I’ve always wondered if we human beings have a deep-seated need to be devoted to something.

Maybe its a sports team.

Or a movie star.

Or a band.

Someone we can cheer for. Someone to whom we can pledge our allegiance.

Why is this?

Could it be that we were created for such devotion?

In other words, were we designed to give away loyalty, adoration and dedication?

Author Harold Best, in his book Unceasing Worship, says, “Nobody does not worship.” In fact, we are designed to worship, and we will direct that worship to either the true God or false ones.

Not only are we humans made for the purpose of worship, the whole creation is designed to carry out this highest of callings:

The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. (Psalm 19:1 ESV)

I like this quote that comes from a blog called The High Calling:

Because of the Fall, our worship is often misdirected and twisted. We may not call it “worship,” but our energy and time are frequently dedicated to cults of celebrity and entertainment. Our religion may be our commitment to technology. Our temples may be stadiums of sport. Our cultural artifacts can be redeemed as purposeful expressions of love of God and neighbor, but all too often our work and worship are self-centered rather than self-less.

One way or another, our need to worship something will leak out.

That’s our devotion gap.

We will always find something to apply our loyalty and commitment.

The question is this: will we go high enough? Will we worship the ultimate object of devotion?

An Ambassador for Jesus

The following is a message I gave for a memorial service this past week.

Jerry, like everyone else had his interests and hobbies.

He loved animals, and the family spoke of a his fondness for a certain cat, as well as a particular parrot that would eat out of his hand.

When it came to music, Jerry loved Elvis, and was known to sing his songs quite often.

When it came to fun and games, Jerry was an avid bowler, shot pool and enjoyed playing pinochle with Patty and their friends.

But while these things were interesting and  important to Jerry, his life story was primarily marked by His relationship with Jesus.

His wife, Patty, came to Christ first, and as she learned how to follow him more closely, Jerry took notice.

He would tell Patty after seeing her heart and life transformed, “I want YOUR Jesus.”

Once Jerry embraced Jesus as his Lord and Savior, Jerry’s life took quite a turn.

He began studying the Bible, which became one of his deepest life passions.

Jerry loved to listen to the teaching on Moody radio to grow deeper in his understanding of God’s will and God’s ways.

He spent a lot of time studying through the book of Romans, and actually memorized sections of scripture, such as John 1, Ephesians 3:14-21 and 2 Peter 1:2-11.

Patty made mention of the fact that Jerry was good at synthesizing deep and heavy sections of scripture. He had a knack for boiling complex theology into some that was understandable and applicable.

So, how did Jerry’s relationship with Jesus and all this interaction impact his life.

Well, Jerry was a devoted husband and father.

He loved all his kids.

He was a hard worker, fulfilling the calling of Colossians 3:23 that says: “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.”

 And he loved to talk and share about Jesus.

It really didn’t matter where. Jerry was always up for a conversation about eternal matters.

Jerry had experienced life transformation through Jesus Christ, and he wanted others to know how Jesus could change their lives as well.

He didn’t mind having long conversations with those who had different theological perspectives.

Sometimes people would come to Jerry’s door to try and persuade Jerry into their religion.

Jerry saw these interactions as an opportunity to persuade such people into believing in Jesus.

Patty shared of one time Jerry stayed outside talking to a person who had rang their doorbell. As the two talked, the weather got cold and Patty had to take a coat out to Jerry so he could keep talking.

One passage of scripture that came to my mind that seemed to fit Jerry to a tee comes from 2 Corinthians 5:20-21.

“Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.”

Many Christians agree with this verse, but far fewer actually live it out.

Not Jerry. He showed up on Jesus’ behalf time and time again.

He was a representative of the Gospel and an ambassador for God’s glory.

That was and is Jerry’s legacy.

He certainly wasn’t a perfect man. But Jerry had been forgiven and redeemed by a perfect savior.

Jerry’s life was a bit rough and tumble in the early years.

But at the age of 31 he found peace with God.

And more than that, Jerry found purpose in God.

His life would be forever transformed.

The apostle Paul was known as a man who was obsessed with sharing and spreading the Gospel.

  • He cried over it.
  • He traveled far and wide to share it.
  • He was persecuted for it.

Jerry appeared to have a similar passion.

Early in the book of Romans, Paul shared one of the reasons why he was so anxious and committed to sharing what is known as the good news:

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith,[e] as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.”

Jerry loved the fact that the Gospel is God’s “free-gift” solution to help bring back into relationship with God.

The more people who knew about it and responded, the happier Jerry was.

Jerry had the heart of an ambassador.

He wasn’t interested in promoting himself or his accomplishments.

He wanted people to know about the wonder of knowing Jesus.

I believe that as Jerry crossed the threshold of heaven, it is very likely that He heard these words from his creator: “Well done my good and faithful servant!”

It makes me wonder. What kind of legacy will we leave?

  • Will we fulfill our God-given calling while on this planet?
  • Will we find the peace that often eludes a human heart?

At the age of 31, Jerry found the answers to these questions that often nag at us.

Because of Jerry’s life, perhaps today someone else will take the step of finding peace and purpose in Jesus.

Then, like Jerry, we too can have a story and a legacy that reaches past this life and into eternity.