Pastor's Blog: What's The Good Word?

 |  Pastor's Blog  |  Dr. Doug Dortch

One of the most common greetings actually comes most frequently in the form of a question. “What’s the good word?” Anyone who asks another such a question is doing more than starting a conversation; that person is looking for encouragement that the other might be able to share, something that will move him or her down a path that enriches one’s life.  

Over these last several weeks, we’ve shared together in a worship theme titled, “One Word that Will Change Your Life.” The sermons during this emphasis have encouraged us to consider how we might move into this year with a greater focus in our life and faith by concentrating not on a series of resolutions, but rather “one word” that could serve to align our words and deeds with greater purpose and significance. Moreover, we’ve talked about the first two steps in receiving our “own word”: Looking In and Looking Up. This Sunday, well consider the last step: Looking Out. In order for our word to serve God’s purposes and not merely our own we ultimately must think about how we can bear witness to our word through our interactions with others.  

My hope is that you will take seriously this emphasis so that the life and faith of our church will be enriched. My concern is that like most sermon emphases, this one will drop off our radar as we move on to other ones.   

For that reason, we’ve created a special page on our website where folk can go to post their word and share a bit on their journey of discovery. I can see such sharing as a way by which we can put “markers” down on how we want to proceed seriously with that which God has revealed to us. But I also see it as a way to inspire others to give some thought to how God might speak truth in and through their lives as well. 

The link to the page is I really do “hope” (which is my word) that you will take the time to visit the site to share your word and be inspired by what others share. Maybe it will even spark some conversations from within our church that will help us as a fellowship to keep looking in, up, and out, as we move forward together into the good future God has for us to know, and, even more importantly, show.  

"As for Me, this is My covenant with them," says the LORD: "My Spirit, who is on you, will not depart from you, and My words that I have put in your mouth will always be on your lips, on the lips of your children and the lips of your descendants – from this time on and forever," says the LORD (Isaiah 59:21).