Jesus: Pitcher of the Colossians III Baseball Team

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(Millbrook Field, July 4th, 2010)


The vision that has seen Millbrook EPC as a community life center continues to grow. Last Sunday we were reminded how radical our national community was called to be through the actions of the Founding Fathers and Mothers, as well as the signers of the Declaration of Independence. They were “radical” because they acknowledged that the one true God, revealed in the Scriptures known as the Old and New Testaments, is the One whose precepts must be foundational for our lives and common good. We were reminded that many of our contemporary leaders have only scorn and reject the foundation of our personal, and ultimately, national freedom.

As a faith community, our foundation is the person and the work of Jesus Christ, the son of the living God. As a national community we cherish, or should, our Constitution. As a faith community, we cherish, or should, the Word of God. There is no contradiction between these two documents. The vision of the former flows from the latter. The vision of the latter has descended through revelation from the playing fields of heaven itself.

We celebrated a great BBQ culminating in an impressive display of fireworks. Local sinners (saints yet to be revealed) came up to me and said, “PJ, thank you so much for this opportunity! We loved it!” I say, “Thank you Jesus.” I also say “Thank you” to those who directly or indirectly supported this Millbrook/LOT adventure. Some weary bodies did not recline till about 10 pm. At that time, perhaps also for you these words of Thomas Paine came to mind:


Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must,
like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it. ~


Undoubtedly the highlight of the event was the baseball game. Slowly the vision of the “back field” is becoming a reality. We saw the “Colossians” playing out there; remember, in Christ barriers are broken down? Ethnic, social, economic groups become one at the foot of the Cross as Asians, Blacks, Caucasians, Latinos were playing out the new creation order. Those who don’t desire that don’t know the Gospel, no matter how many Bible verses flow from their lips. Such are like politicians and judges who speak while their hearts are not anchored in the Constitution.
While the standard of play was not quite up to MLB expectations, in its own right it was a game worthy of TV broadcasting. Several pitchers were used, and Jesus was visible through them. With young and old, tall and short at the plate, the pitching to each was according to need and ability. No law of the Pharisees ruled this game! Grace abounded, as second base was ignored to secure a home run.

Even as foreign nations have their spies among us (what do we expect?), Satan was present last Sunday as well. LOT had been blessed to be able to purchase $500 worth of baseball equipment. Following our meal, we discovered the equipment had all been stolen. Brian and I hopped in the truck; we prayed and drove around. Later, a number of you shared how you prayed spontaneously for the recovery. God hears the prayers of righteous men and women. We found the equipment stashed in the bushes ready to be sold to “celebrate” a quick fix.
Truth can be sad, brutal and ugly. It is often envious and mean spirited. It resides within in more ways than one. That’s the reason Jesus warns us and says, “Beware”.

For the statisticians among us: some 60 people attended; approximately 90 hamburgers were cooked; all fireworks were legal; the love and joy immeasurable.

Come and play baseball with Jesus.

Because of Jesus…ruined for the ordinary.

PJ

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