Staff Corner

Greg Spires – Teaching Pastor
False Hope
In C.S. Lewis’ novel “The Voyage of the Dawn Treader,” the characters take a dangerous rescue voyage.  In one incident on the voyage they had been hiking and were tired and thirsty.  They came upon a crystal pool of water, seemingly at just the right moment.  One of the members of the search party made his way down to the pool and was about to reach his hand in to scoop up the water when someone called out, “Don’t touch the water!”
            They noticed in the bottom of the pool a statue of solid gold.  The statue was a soldier in his garb.  But they realized this wasn’t a statue, but was an actual soldier!  He had jumped into the pool to cool off and turned into gold.  This was no ordinary pool of water, it was an enchanted pool, and anything that touched the water turned into solid gold!
            What seemed like a great resource for refreshment was actually extremely dangerous.  What if that thirsty member of the voyage had reached his hand into the water?  His hand would have turned into gold, rendering it useless.
            This is how the Bible describes people who believe that God wants us to be happy by pursuing our passions, even when they violate God’s righteous ways.  Jude 12 says, “These are hidden reefs at your love feasts, as they feast with you without fear, shepherds feeding themselves; waterless clouds, swept along by winds; fruitless trees in late autumn, twice dead, uprooted.”
            Hidden reefs are dangerous reefs because sailors don’t see them to avoid them, like the false teachers who are dangerous, but many don’t see the danger.  Shepherds who feed themselves:  This kind of shepherd offers false hope to the sheep.  The sheep think they will be fed; instead the shepherd only feeds himself.  Waterless clouds offer false hope to farmers, who think their crops will be watered, but no rain comes.  Trees with no fruit offer no help to weary travelers.
            This is the way of these false teachers.  By suggesting that God wants us to have anything our hearts desire they seem to be offering happiness, security, and peace.  Instead, following their ways results in despair, danger, and fear.
            The book of Jude ends with a well-known Doxology that tells us where our hope needs to be, “Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.” (Jude 24-25)
            Jesus is our source of security, glory, and joy forever.  Since He will provide us these things forever in heaven, shouldn’t we seek Him instead of pursuing security, glory, and joy in the emptiness of our passions?
I look forward to being with you this Sunday as we celebrate the work of God in Jesus Christ together!  This Sunday, we will be seeking God through His Word in Jude 1-25.
See you Sunday,


Peter & Debbie Dodd: WorldVenture, Taiwan
-Pray as they train leaders for the Chinese church from Taiwan, working with Mandarin-speaking Chinese, of whom only about 3 percent are Christian.
-Pray as they face challenges including strong family ties rooted in ancestor worship which make becoming a Christian difficult, and make becoming a Christian leader almost impossible. Materialism decreases interest even more. 
-Pray that the church leaders will remain strong and that they will have a vision that extends beyond the border of Taiwan to the greater Chinese world.

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